Okarina festival Bled, Slovenia - Program 2018


Program 2018

Natacha Atlas (Egipt/UK)

Location: Lake Promenade
Free entrance

Natacha Atlas is an Egyptian-British singer known for her fusion of Arabic and Western music, particularly hip-hop. She once termed her music "cha'abi moderne" (modern popular music). Her music has been influenced by many styles including Maghrebain, hip hop, drum and bass and reggae. Atlas began her career as part of the world fusion group Transglobal Underground. In 1995, she began to focus on her solo career with the release of Diaspora. She has since released seven solo albums and been a part of numerous collaborations. Her version of "Mon amie la rose" became a surprise success in France, reaching 16 on the French Singles Charts in 1999. Her most recent creation Myriad Road was released on 23 October 2015. It was produced by French Lebanese jazz musician Ibrahim Maalouf.[...]

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Guillaume Perret (France)

Location: Lake Promenade
Free entrance

Guillaume graduated by Conservatoire de Chambéry. His musical career was started at 2002, when he wrote music for Théâtre d'Icy and played with different jazz musicians. Guillaume Perret is a sound explorer. He plays the wa-wa pedals and electric effects to elevate his notes to a new and surprising universe, one that makes you dream, distorting sounds to make them strangely more musical. His music doesn’t belong to a specific genre, rather it calls upon our senses. It is an innovative mixture of contemporary Jazz, funky grooves, screaming metal… a hybrid sort of music, troubling, bewitching, that evokes sensations and imagery.[...]

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Fanfare Ciocărlia (Romania)

Location: Lake Promenade
Free entrance

Fanfare Ciocărlia, the world's foremost brass band, celebrate their 20th anniversary in 2016. Hailing from a tiny village in north east Romania, Fanfare conquered Europe in 1997, their furious live blast appealing to punks and headbangers, jazz and funk fans, world music aficionados, and those who simply love music that sounds absolutely unique. Fanfare Ciocărlia have released eight albums, several of which have topped the European World Music charts. They won Songlines Music Award for their last album Onwards to Mars!

Fanfare Ciocărlia's roots lie in the "hidden" village of Zece Prăjini in north-eastern Romania. Zece Prăjini's isolation meant that under communism the village remained hidden from the outside world. Somehow the ancient Ottoman tradition of brass bands accompanying armies, weddings, and funerals continued to exist here when it had long died out in the rest of Romania. And when Henry Ernst, a young German music fan, wandered into the village in 1996 he found a living tradition that he knew the world would embrace. Fanfare Ciocărlia -- whose name translates as "lark's song" -- conquered Europe in 1997, their furious live blast appealing to punks and headbangers, jazz and funk fans, world music aficionados, and those who simply love music that sounds absolutely unique. Even the classical world embraced Fanfare Ciocărlia and they have since performed at many prestigious concert halls. The Romanian group's breakneck speed, technical chops, ripping rhythms, and sweet and sour horns are quite different from any other brass band on Earth. Fanfare Ciocărlia have released eight albums, several of which have topped the European World Music charts. They won Songlines Music Award for their last album Onwards to Mars![...]

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The Yip Children’s Choir (Hong Kong)

Location: Lake Promenade
Free entrance

The Yip Children’s Choir from Hong Kong is internationally renowned for its high standard of excellence and superb musical training for young voices. The Choir has performed in many international music festivals and locations around the world to critical acclaim and is proudly regarded as a cultural ambassador for Hong Kong. The Yip Children’s Choir perform: Traditional and historical Chinese Songs, Sacred and Secular Classical Music, Western Show Tunes and Current popular music.[...]

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Richard Thompson (UK)

Location: Lake Promenade
Free entrance

Guitarist Richard Thompson has written, recorded and performed music professionally for more than 50 years. After starting his professional career in the British folk rock band Fairport Convention, the guitarist has since continued his career as a part of a duo with his former wife Linda Thompson, a sessions player and a solo artist. Some of the artists he has performed or recorded with include David Byrne, Al Stewart, Sandy Denny, John Cale, J.J. Cale, Loudon Wainwright III, T Bone Burnett, Shawn Colvin, Bonnie Raitt, Robert Plant and The Blind Boys of Alabama, to name a few. In 2010 Thompson was named by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the Top 20 Guitarists of all Time.[...]

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Dakh Daughters (Ukraine)

Location: Lake Promenade
Free entrance

Dakh Daughters Band is a Ukrainian music and theater ensemble founded in Kyiv in 2012. The group’s name comes from the Dakh Theatre, from which it evolved. The band consists of seven women artists who play various instruments and sing in multiple languages and dialects. The band’s musical style can be described as a combination of Ukrainian folk music with elements of rock, punk, and rap. They first gained greater recognition thanks to the video for their song “Roses/Donbas” and their live performance on the Maidan in 2013. In November 2016, the band released its first studio album, IF. With their sense of emotional urgency, the multi-genre music and theater performances of Ukraine’s Dakh Daughters Band make a lasting impact on audiences. In their search for a new musical style, the Dakh Daughters have found inspiration in 20th-century theatrical avant-garde and cabaret. Some critics have compared their poetic style and expressive theatrical hyperbole with the British cult band The Tiger Lillies.[...]

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Los Mirlos (Peru)

Location: Lake Promenade
Free entrance

Named after a black bird in their native jungle, Los Mirlos are the uncrowned kings of tropical Peruvian Cumbia or Cumbia Amazonica. The band came together in Lima during the oil boom of the 70s and created a uniquely new and powerful party music inspired by the Anglophone psychedelic rock and surf music of the time. Fast-forward some 40 years, and Los Mirlos have travelled and performed in almost every Latin American country, and are still considered essential for the culture of Amazonian Cumbia. Songs like 'La Danza de Los Mirlos', 'Sonido Amazónico', 'Lamento en la Selva', 'Muchachita del Oriente', and 'Chinito en Onda' are kept in the memory of many people worldwide, who all danced to them at one point of their life.[...]

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Deluxe (France)

Location: Lake Promenade
Free entrance

Deluxe was discovered in 2007 in Aix-en-Provence, France, where they were performing on public streets. Deluxe started as 3 childhood friends who were passionate about music, and eventually became a group of five after adding Soubri and Pepe to the lineup and later the band met a singer/rapper named Liliboy with whom they collaborated, and eventually added to the band's lineup full-time. With the addition of Liliboy, the band became a more successful live act in France and other nearby European countries. Their live performances are characterized by using many different instruments and working each one into the mix. "Rhodes, guitar, bass, horns, you can expect a really complete live music experience when you see us on stage." They have moustaches for a symbol - all the boys have moustaches and Liliboy usually wears a moustache-shaped skirt.[...]

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Bokante (Guadeloupe/USA/Japan/Sweden)

Location: Lake Promenade
Free entrance

The word bokanté means “exchange” in Creole, the language of vocalist Malika Tirolien’s youth growing up on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe. Now living in Montreal, she stands among 8 musicians from 4 continents, each one accomplished in their own right and well versed in music far beyond that of their point of origin. Two-time Grammy award-winning guitarists Michael League, Chris McQueen, and Bob Lanzetti (all from Snarky Puppy), percussion legend Jamey Haddad (Paul Simon, Sting), pedal and lap steel virtuoso Roosevelt Collier (Lee Boys, Karl Denson), and unplaceable percussionists André Ferrari (Väsen) and Keita Ogawa (Banda Magda, Yo-Yo Ma) come together to create a diverse ensemble rich in groove, melody, and soul. Their debut album, Strange Circles, goes from a Zeppelin-esque blues stomp to folkloric Caribbean kaladja. Lyrically, it reflects struggles we all face, and what Bokanté wants to see in the world – connection, unity and love through exchange.[...]

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Gato Preto (Mozambique)

Location: Lake Promenade
Free entrance

Gato Preto (“black cats” in Portuguese) brings together everything the international club culture does best: from the favela-funk of Rio to the Township-Groove of South Africa, to the kuduro-techno hybrid of Angola. Gato Preto brings all these ingredients to the Global Bass recipe, against a backdrop of Rave Party and breakbeats. The band consists of Lee Bass, composer and arranger of the group, and the powerful Portuguese punchlines of Mozambiquian MC fatale Gato Misteriosa. Their use of synths, effects processors, accompanied by African percussionists and dancers, groove and supersonic bass guarantees to keep their public in a trance. Their last album “Tempo” was released in March 2017.[...]

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Organizer

ZAVOD ZA KULTURO BLED
Cesta svobode 11, 4260 Bled, Slovenia

Artistic director: Leo Ličof
Painter:: Ejti Štih
Translations: Alenka Ropret
Izdelava spletne strani: www.mandu.si
Fotografija Blejski grad in Promenada: Aleš Košir in Borut Žigon
Fotografija Festivalna dvorana Bled: Bled strategic forum

Tickets

Bled castle: entrance to the castle (11 EUR)

LAKE PROMENADE: free entrance

Bled Festival hall: in case of bad weather, free entrance

Contact

Zavod za kulturo Bled

Špela Repnik, Festival office
spela.repnik@zkbled.si
+386 4 57 29 779

Leo Ličof, artistic director
leo@okarina.com
+386 41 632 369

Uroš Bonšek, PR manager
uros.bonsek@gmail.com
+386 31 566 668

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