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Balkan Music Motifs

An evening with guitar virtuoso and composer Miroslav Tadić and the leading ud performer and ethnomusicologist Münir Beken.


Friday, April 5, 2024 at 7 pm
Doors open at 6:30 pm

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These two fantastic musicians will share with the audience their musical background and inspirations they draw on from the cultural traditions of the greater Balkans and Eastern/Southeastern Europe.

The event is part of SEEfest humanities program, with featured artists showcasing excerpts from their work and having a conversation about the blending of musical themes, rhythms, motifs.

With support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

We are grateful to the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles for graciously hosting this event.

Guitarist, composer, improviser and music educator Miroslav Tadić completed his formal studies of music in the United States after studying in Italy and his native Yugoslavia. He has performed and recorded in a wide variety of settings and musical styles, ranging from music of the Baroque and Classical periods to Blues, Jazz, Rock and World music.

Tadić’s performing and recording credits include projects with Mark Nauseef, The Los Angeles Opera with Placido Domingo, London Symphony Orchestra, MDR Leipzig Symphony, The Philharmonic Orchestra of Monte-Carlo, Howard Levy, Joachim Kühn, L. Shankar, Markus Stockhausen, Dušan Bogdanović, Vlatko Stefanovski, Teofilović Brothers, Wadada Leo Smith, David Torn, Maria João, Jack Bruce, The Grandmothers of Invention, Theodosii Spassov, Kudsi Erguner, Djivan Gasparyan, Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri and Ustad Ashish Khan, among others.

More info on Tadić’s website.

Münir Beken’s career spans theory, composition, ethnomusicology, and performance. As a composer, he has written a state-commissioned ballet suite for orchestra, won awards for film music, and scored television documentaries both domestically and internationally. His scholarly work focuses on modal theory; he is also conducting research on musical globalization and the phenomenology of music. He has published in Ethnomusicology, a premier journal in the field, and contributed to The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. He was one of the founding members of the State Turkish Music Ensemble.

More info on Beken’s website.


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Secure, free Parking is available at Metro/Retail parking structure with rear entrance to the Goethe-Institut located at 674 S. Westlake Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90057

SEEfest program and activities are supported, in part, by the California Arts Council, a state agency; Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture; by a grant from the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles; ELMA Foundation for European Movies in America, and California Humanities. We are deeply grateful for their continued support of our programs.

California Arts Council
Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture
Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles
California Humanities