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(E) Maestrali's great concert in New York
By Nenad N. Bach | Published  03/4/2002 | Culture And Arts | Unrated
(E) Maestrali's great concert in New York
Kako to da je ovaj dogadjaj promakao CROWN-u? 
Bozidar Jerkovic (aka CT accordion player, but now in NYC) 
This was a private concert. Thanks ! I had a privilage to introduce the group in Los Angeles and here in New York. Maestrali klapa is a unique group from Dubrovnik that exist for 33 years. On and off the stage they are a true example of a great Croatian culture. 
Nenad Bach 
Klapa "Maestral" performed a 1 1/2 hour concert at the Lafayette Theater in 
Suffern NY. 
Wow! What a concert. The theatre, a restored vaudeville house, was HUGE. 
The audience, respectable-sized, sat up in the front (we were front-row 
center) for an incredible program of acoustic music. 
There were 6 musicians who came over, and they were joined for a few 
numbers at the end by two former members now living in the US. Most of the 
program was sung with the group accompanying themselves on bass, prim, 
brac^, guitar, and what appeared to be two mandolins (one standard, one 
larger that served like a cello).( op-ed that was tamburitza) 
Their playing was very good, their vocals 
beautiful. On the a cappella numbers, the sound was breathtaking. And all 
balanced the old-fashioned way ---- no mikes, just 6 fellows playing and 
singing together, and obviously loving it. And so were we. 
For the klapa crowd on the list, they did 4 or 5 numbers from the camp 
repertoire, though some, like "Maestrale moj" appeared in different form 
(that one moved into 3/4 time ---- different, but nice). Others, like "Dva 
Brac^anina" were pretty much the arrangements we know, only done better. 
And their obligatory English-language song, "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've 
Seen," was a lovely arrangement and by far the best "host-country number" 
I've heard. 
Thanks, Wendy, for calling the list's attention to this program. 
- George 
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