In the hall of King Nikola's Castle on Thursday, the "Trio Flamenko" from Belgrade and with their exceptional music put the full stop on a diverse January program of the Winter Scene of "Barski ljetopis". This virtuoso composition consists of Branko Kljajić (guitar and bouzouki), Željko Stepanović (accordion and vocal) and Uroš Ranković (piano).
Their sixty-minute repertoire led the audience to the warmest parts of Europe, and the ease and the naturalness of their performances left the impression that the Mediterranean is in their blood.
Joint love for that sound and genre united these three musicians, revealed Željko Stepanović.
"All three of us love the same music, and when you love something that you do, you know it yourself, no day is a working day! We love Spain, France, Greece, Italy, and these are all the countries where the compositions from our repertoire originate from without which nothing can pass by" said Stepanović, adding that in the repertoire, however, always remains a part of the music from our region.
For their first performance at "Barski ljetopis" they especially prepared a jazz remake of the Montenegrin composition "Jos ne svice rujna zora", which the audience greeted with a thundering applause and double encore, and as Stepanovic said, this traditional song perfectly fitted into their style.
Montenegro is in the Mediterranean, has fantastic music and a long tradition, and most importantly, we can respect all of that with our soul. When we can, we move it to the audience, and it can be felt immediately, "he added.
For more than half of the concert the audience participated equally as the fourth member of the band, and it seemed, at moments, they even held back, and Stepanovic invited them with a smile to join him in the vocal performance.
"I asked you, a couple of times, to sing with us, and you did, and it was fantastic! It's always nice to have an interaction with the audience, because when you do not have it, then we played in vain," Stepanovic said, and the impressions of the satisfied audience confirmed that this concert had closed the January winter scene spectacularly.
In February, the audience is to expect an equally interesting repertoire. On next Thursday, February 7th, at Dom kulture, the play "Crvena", by the Montenegrin director Danilo Marunović, produced by Budva "Theater City" will be performed, in which the lead roles are Branislav Lečić and Marko Grabež.
Text by CdM, on February 1st 2019, read more at CdM