Eva Salina is a renowned singer, interpreter, and teacher of traditional and traditionally-based Balkan music. Nurtured through years of mentorship by some of the greatest living Balkan musicians, Eva has devoted her life to the longevity and evolution of East European musical traditions. Eva’s rich, supple voice moves effortlessly through
the intricate and demanding expression inherent in Romani songs, intertwining vintage pop sounds with her singular interpretations. Eva is a 2012 OneBeat Fellow, a 2015 NYFA Fellow in Folk/Traditional Arts, and a 2016 OneBeat Istanbul Fellow; she is also an experienced, devoted educator and an in-demand vocal instructor and consultant, working internationally with singers of all levels of experience.
Peter “Perica” Stan is a Serbian/Romanian Romani accordionist known equally for his playfulness and innovation as he is for his undeniably soulful, intuitive improvisations. Thirty years working as a freelance musician in New York City have broadened the spectrum of his musical influences far beyond his direct cultural heritage, so you never know what Peter will coax out of his instrument, what story he will weave—each song different, every time.
Together, Eva and Peter draw on a strong musical friendship, the diversity of their creative professional experiences, and their shared love of Balkan Romani music, creating a welcoming space where joy and sorrow seamlessly coexist. In their performance, mournful ballads nestle gently among songs of celebration, bringing the listener on a journey that encapsulates both the beauty and the complexity of daily life.
Eva Salina & Peter Stan are currently recording their first duo album, to be released in 2017. [source]
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