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JELENA ŽDRALE, violin, viola, backing vocals
DRAGO IVANUŠA, accordion, backing vocals
LUKA ROPRET, guitars, backing vocals
BLAŽ CELAREC, percussion, clarinet, backing vocals
NINO DE GLERIA, electric bass, double bass

Slovene singer Brina Vogelnik and her band have been quietly extending the musical language of Slav Alpine folk for some years now, and their latest release is another step forwards.

The band is still acoustic, but the emotional balance has tilted towards the darker side, where Brina’s almost childlike voice is set against a menacing jazz prowl.

The music moves through a catchy articulacy of means of expression including massed show-choruses, tango-like accordion breaks, walking-bass limpid piano, reactive ethereality, slide guitar, sultry midnight-music, sophisticated rhythm-section work, and passionate, keening violin …

Brina’s albums – Mlado leto?The Young Year, Pasja legenda/The Dog’s Legend and Slečena koža/Yhe Skin Stripped Off (DruGod, 2004, 2006, 2011) – have made a strong mark on the Worldmusic map. For the impressive period of three months, Pasja legenda held its place among top 10 at the World Music Charts Europe. The years passed and added fresh impetus to the band’s sound, created in part by producer Chris Eckman.

»Brina’s singing has her characteristic light, poised warmness, largely close-up and intimate as the arrangements sensitively and ingeniously envelop her. .« Andy Cronshaw, fROOTS

« … a stew of musical styles is as rich as ever …
… is is a mature work from an inventive and capable ensemble..« Kim Burton, Songlines

“Brina have found their voice, and it’s a voice that is tender, stormy, lamenting and rejoicing by turn.”
Kim Burton, Songlines, May 2007

‘Brina — that is, Brina the singer and her band — is in some sense a project, being the house band of Druga Godba, which is not just a festival but also a record label responsible for promotional and other activities at home and abroad. Brina presented her new album, Slečena koža, which builds on the previous albums in a subtler and more mature way, both thematically and with a more personal presentation and poise, which soon moves away from innocent-sounding versions of folk songs. The band’s sound is outstanding, as is its interplay with Brina’s voice…’
Review of the Brina concert at Kino Šiška 3 November 2011

Ičo Vidmar, Dnevnik, 7 November 2011

‘The double helping of Slavic musical heritage served up on Thursday as part of the Druga Godba festival was a fascinating experience. First up were Brina, who a few years ago brought to the Slovenian music scene some of the wide-eyed authenticity and charm so unbelievably absent elsewhere … At the Kino Šiška concert, they showcased their third album, Slečena koža — an album which carries a whole range of music which slowly creeps under your skin and seduces with its difference.’
Zdenko Matoz, Delo, 4 November 2011

The occasional accompanying vocals or minimalist solo only added to the rich and, in places, ethereal sound of the band.’‘Brina’s new sound also distinguished itself on stage. The band is moving far from its traditional roots — or rather, it is approaching them from the Mario Batelić, Radio Študent, 5 November 2011

“Brina’s voice is stunning when it tackles old folk songs and packed with emotion when it turns to tales of the everyday. Her band moves easily between virtuosity and minimalism, but is never less than inspired.”
Druga godba, press release November 2011

‘Tenderness and sorrow, grace and passion, sophistication and power, the moment and the movement, old and new, popular and studied, rural and urban, dusty and fashionable, domestic and global – these are just some of the dualities that pervade the work of Brina Vogelnik and her band.’
Jure Longyka, Radio Slovenia 2

Photo by Žiga Koritnik