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A Goran Bregovic first in Athens April 16, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Music Life Live Gigs.

Composer Goran Bregovic appears in Athens tomorrow

The Sarajevo-born composer Goran Bregovic had a unique message of reconciliation and brotherhood: “Fortunately, we always manage to find at least one good friend to sing with in this Europe…”

His statement came on the occasion of tomorrow’s performance at the Athens Concert Hall, where he will present the world premiere of his latest work, “Forgive Me, Is This the Way to the Future?” The concert is part of the Bridges series and will take place in the Friends of Music Hall.

On the one hand, there will be Bregovic with his Wedding and Funeral Band and, on the other, the contemporary Absolute Ensemble, with a constant flow of inspiration uniting them. The two ensembles will join forces under the baton of Kristian Jarvi, upon the commission of ECHO (European Concert Hall Organization) as well as Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw.

The composer was inspired by the film setting on which he has based the action for the work’s title: He sees the two ensembles meeting on the platform in a train station, “in one of this world’s magical places, where impossible meetings become possible,” he says.

“Who am I and which world do I come from? Is there any language capable of reconciling me with the modern world which the Absolute Ensemble represents?” The composer will attempt to provide an answer with tomorrow’s concert.

At the Athens Concert Hall, 1 Kokkali Street and Vasilissis Sofias Avenue, Athens, tel 210 7282333, at 8.30 p.m. in the Friends of Music Hall.

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