i Babe: Tim Eriksen - vocals, electric guitar / Donna Kwon -
vocals, tambourine / Rani Arbo - vocals, fiddle / Mirjana Lausevic
- vocals, keyboards / Peter Irvine - vocals, drums
by MINJA LAUSEVIC, ZABE I BABE debuted at a Yale
University symposium on music and politics in Eastern Europe.
Since then, ZABE I BABE has been well-received by audiences
at festivals, clubs and Universities such as Dartmouth, Wesleyan,
Harvard University's Sanders Theater, the Charter Oak Cultural
Center, and the International Festival of Arts and Ideas.
In her native Sarajevo,
LAUSEVIC was a commentator on national Television, led
Yu-Etno, a traditional Bosnian vocal group, and taught at the
Music Academy of the University of Sarajevo. She has published
numerous articles and radio interviews on various issues concerning
music and politics in Bosnia.
The other band members,
all professional musicians, have come to this music from a wide
variety of experiences and backgrounds.
TIM ERIKSEN and PETER IRVINE
are both founding members of Cordelia's Dad, who
have produced numerous recordings and toured extensively throughout
Europe and North America. In addition, ERIKSEN tours solo
and with his vocal group Northampton Harmony. His formal training
is in Carnatic (South Indian) music, and he holds an MA in ethnomusicology
from Wesleyan U.
RANI ARBO is a songwriter, singer
and instrumentalist best known for her work as a founding member
of the bluegrass/swing band Salamander Crossing. She is the most
recent addition to ZABE I BABE, having been recruited
at the last minute to help with one of the tracks on Drumovi.
DONNA KWON has performed as a vocalist/
percussionist at such venues as the Metropolitan Museum of Art
(NYC), San Francisco's Asian American Jazz Festival, Stanford,
and recently was a guest soloist with the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra.
She is currently working on a Ph.D in ethnomusiclolgy at UC Berkley.
TRISTRA NEWYEAR (not pictured) has applied
her phenomenal voice to various folk traditions around the world
including those of Bosnia, Russia, Finland and India.
Ansambl Teodosievski: Simeon
Atanasov - accordion / Zahir Ramadanov - trumpet / Pero Teodosijev
- keyboard / Eljam Rasidov - drums / Sami-Buco Zekirovski - clarinet
ANSAMBL TEODOSIJEVSKI is an internationally acclaimed
group of Romani
musicians from the Former Yugslav Republic of Macedonia. They
are most often seen playing with the "Queen of Romani Music"
Esma Redzepova. With Esma and her late husband Stevo Teodosievski
they have played in over 30 countries, produced over 20 albums,
and won the 1st world Festival of Romani Music in India.
SIMEON ATANASOV, born in Kocani, eastern
Macedonia, in 1976, is from the seventh generation of students
of the music- performance school of Stevo Teodosievski. He has
participated in many tours throughout Europe, America, and Australia.
As a composer/arranger, he won a prize for his song "Caje,
Caje" at Shutkafest 1993. He also participated in the two
big European tours organized by Magneten.
ZAHIR RAMADANOV, also born in Kocani, joined
the Teodosievski school when he was eight years old. ZAHIR
has been described by a New York teacher of trumpet as the best
trumpet player he has ever heard, including Wynton Marsalis.
ELJAM RASHIDOV plays the tarabuka, tapan
(Macedonian two-headed bass drum), and drum set. Also born in
Kocani,he joined the Teodosievski school when he was nine years
also born in Kocani, is of the second generation of students
of the music-performance school of Stevo Teodosievski, beginning
in the 1965/66 school year. He has been on many of the Ensemble's
concert tours throughout Europe, America and Australia. He has
composed over 40 pieces for nearly 25 LP and single-play recordings--
appearing on these recordings on his true instrument, the accordian.
is of the
first generation of Teodosievski's school, having toured with
Esma and Stevo since he was a small child. His clarinet playing
covers a tremendous expressive range, sometimes evoking the sound
of the gaida (bagpipe), at others the sound of Benny Goodman.