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Chalgia Sound System (MKD)

Chalgia Sound System (MKD)Chalgia is a hybrid of Near Eastern traditions blended from Byzantine church music, Ottoman classical, Persian-Arabian instrumentation and rhythm, rippled with regional folk genres and subtle Western shadings. This urban folk music, so typical of Northern Macedonia, had effectively beat a retreat by the mid-20th century. It is now enjoying a revival, not least thanks to this ensemble. The quintet draws from wellsprings of emotion. As do their two principals, singer Dobrila Graseska and musical director Dorian Jovanović. Their duo concert will not only sing the Macedonian song landscape but also pose and answer the question: “Can you feel the silence?”

photo by Tanja Ribarska