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London Gypsy Orchestra leads a whole day of Balkan and Serbian music and dances.

Press Release: February 24, 2010


20th March, 2pm-10.30pm

2.00pm Family Dance Workshop
3.00pm Family Concert for children of all ages and their parents
4.30pm Workshops and Balkan Ceilidh for musicians and dancers:
Dance Workshop with Joan Sach
Music Workshop with Gundula Gruen
Percussion Workshop with Tom Wagner
6.00pm Musical Dinner with Open Mic and Serbian buffet.
8.00pm Evening Concert the full London Gypsy Orchestra repertoire, with dancers and special guests.

Special Guests: Zivko Firfov Folk Dance Group

Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regents Park Road, Camden, London NW1 7AY.
Tickets from £3 - £10 for the different events. Go to www.londongypsyorchestra.co.uk or www.ticketweb.co.uk for info and booking.
Info: Tel. 07879 462199.

Please contact Gundula (gundulagruen@gmail.com) if you would like to receive a pair of complimentary press tickets or schedule and interview.

The London Gypsy Orchestra, together with the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS), mark the 50th anniversary of Danica Jankovics death. Danica Jankovic (1898-1960), Serbian, was a Corresponding Member of EFDSS and is remembered for her dedication to the study of folk dances from Serbia and the Balkans.

The 8-volume opera Narodne Igre (Folk Dances), published with her sister Ljubica between 1934 and 1964, describes in detail the choreography, music and costumes of more than 900 different types of folk dances from the regions of Vojvodina, Kosovo, Croatia, Macedonia, Dalmatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and some parts of Slovenia. Many authors believe that, without the Jankovic sisters and their invention of a new way of representing the complexity of rhythms of non-Western music together with the steps of non-Western dances, all this would have been lost.

More info about the Performers:

The mighty 45-piece LGO, founded in 2005 and led by violin virtuoso Gundula Gruen, performs original arrangements of traditional music from Eastern Europe and the Balkans, bringing to life songs and dances that echo hundreds of years of journeys, adventures, culture and passion. It is, to date, the biggest ensemble of its kind in Western Europe.

Gundula Gruen has travelled widely in Eastern Europe and the Balkans, studying with leaders in the field of Gypsy music such as Taraf de Haidouks. She has collected over 60 tunes in her book Gypsy Music Collection available for Gypsy fiddles, and for instruments in C and Bb - with an accompanying CD. Her enthusiasm, energy and spirit inspire everyone she works with, and drive the LGO into uncharted musical territories. The LGOs first CD, Ajde Gadje, released in 2008, and the Gypsy Music Collection book are available online at www.magicviolin.co.uk and at the LGOs live performances.

Associated with the S.I.F.D. - Society for International Folk Dancing Songs and Dances from Serbia, Croatia and Macedonia.

The group was formed over 50 years ago by Ken Ward, to study, preserve and teach in their original form the dances as they were done in the towns and villages of Serbia, Croatia and Macedonia. Zivko Firfov was a renowned collector of folk music and dance in his native Macedonia, and gave permission to name the group after him.
The group has a large repertoire of dances, and a collection of costumes, many of which are originals dating back to at least the beginning of the twentieth century. The Zivko Firfov Folklore Group meets weekly as a club, to enjoy the social aspect of the dancing, but also to keep the old dances alive and unchanged.

See www.londongypsyorchestra.co.uk for further details.

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