The festival, whose main theme is ethnic Balkan music and related genres inspired by it, began in Barcice near Nowy Sącz for the sixth time. And what a start that was. It was such a major C that one might have felt from the first notes of Swedish formation Tibble Transsibiriska that the organizers decided to serve the best they had to offer right away. Music, singing and dancing spiced with gypsy and balkan temperament… Good thing we don’t have winter yet, who knows what avalanche could we bring down with such a hot festival.
Instead, like in Hitchcock’s movies, it only got better.
The performance of Hungarian Babra band that followed captivated us with its musical quality. The sounds of contrabass, guitars and accordion with voice of their female vocalist was like a musical Tokaj.
Another band, another surprise. Founded in London mostly by indigenous English, She’Koyokh played and sang as if, instead of the foggy England, its members were born near Serbia-Croatia border and grew up in Turkey or Iraq. It was a fiery performance, but also full of musical versatility and artistry. The band’s crown gem – vocalist Çiğdem Aslan – could easily sing together with Mor Karbasi as equals.
The icing on the cake was left for the end of Pannonica’s first evening. The only part of public’s reaction to Fanfara Transilvania we expected but didn’t get was lack of female underwear thrown at them (at least at the beginning). This extraordinary band based on wind instruments was more than capable of giving an impetuous concert.
The sheer power these men can put into their trumpets and trombones made us jump out of our shoes, and since they’re a handsome bunch of men, it’s hard to be surprised by squeals of the female half of the audience.
Photos from the second day of the festival: Marko Marković, Orkestar Danijela, Bojan Krstić Orchestra and their joint performance on Bis.