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Ljubojna Brass Fantasy

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With Ljubojna Brass Fantasy, Ljubojna exceeds the exceptionally high standards it has set for itself. For this occasion, that band leader/ bassist Oliver Josifovski has completely changed the concept of the band by using a huge brass orchestra instead of the regular band for a collection of traditional Macedonian songs, only this time coming exclusively from the region of Aegean Macedonia (today's Northern Greece). Experimentation or taking chances with arrangements is not something new for this group or its bandleader. As a group, Ljubojna has built its musical approach mostly upon this constant creation of musical and vocal friction or ...

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Ljubojna: Ljubojna in Life

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As a band Ljubojna is a sum of many parts. While folk music is a prominent ingredient in its music, so, too, are jazz, pop, hip-hop, jungle and other forms; for this septet, the folk background is merely just another aspect of its musical Esperanto. All of the musos are more than able, prolific and have a more than solid background in playing jazz, avant and dance music. It is obvious that Ljubojna was not designed with purists in mind but for those with eclectic tastes. While love and war may be at the core (the name is ...



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