Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Bravo Belanima Trio

Another discovery from Serbia. Last week it was the orquesta tipica masquerading as a chamber orchestra and this week it is the nuevo tango trio, Belanima. To their immense credit, Belanima draws their repertoire from the broad catalog of Piazzolla. They have not limited themselves to the "top ten" but have tapped everything from early Piazzolla (Tanguango) to Summit(featured in today's video) from that marvelous Gerry Mulligan collaboration. There are ten Belanima Trio videos posted on YouTube, representing an entire evening concert celebrating Piazzolla performed at Kolarac Hall in Belgrade. They are all quite good and quite original. I chose Summit only because it is not a piece played often on the concert stage.

The trio consists of Boban Bjelic on accordion, Katarina Misic on piano, and Sanja Jancic on cello. All three are natives of Serbia but met as students in Moscow. They continue to perform together with a repertoire of tango, classical and film music but are finding time to pursue other musical interests as well. Similar trios are often a virtuoso accordionist and two back-up musicians but not Belanima - these are three equals on the stage sharing the music fully.

Don't stop with just this video, go to Belanima's YouTube channel and sample all ten. You will not be disappointed.

If the video does not appear below, click here.

To learn more about Piazzolla videos, visit the Piazzolla Video site.

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