Archive for January, 2012


Performance during APAP week at Scandinavia House.
The Swedes continue to impress me with their superb musicianship, taking their heritage into uncharted territory.
This trio made so much music, and in particular the cellist knocked me out. He held down the rhythm and played absolutely arousing melodic lines. Okay, call me crazy….I find that sort of thing to be arousing.

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From an entire night of a capella magnificence and magic at DROM.
Here are Svetlana’s notes on the song:
“The song in honour of Serbian Scientist Nikola Tesla, made by my old godfather Milan Bilbija from Cirkin Polje, Prijedor, Bosnian Krajina.  He died in 2008. Melody made by Svetlana Spajic”

The brief shot of the overhead image of the gusle, the Serbian instrument upon which the epic singers (guslars) play, with image of Tesla, is the property of multi-instrumentalist Darco Macura, who I finally met face to face along with Svetlana, in Belgrade in 1997. I had used several of his musical performances in a compilation of music I was producing. He was also Svetlana’s first mentor.

lyric translation by Svetlana Spajic:

My soul is in pain, but I sing this song, I sing the song from Nikola Tesla

Oh Nikola, brilliant and smart, you invented electric power, magnetic waves and transformers

Oh Nikola if you’d lived longer, you would have made electric power from the sun.  Where are you now?

Where are your New York doves? Does the new America remember you?

Scientists don’t care for monuments; yours, Nikola, stands at Niagara Falls.

Oh Nikola, from the village of Smiljan, the gusle is adorned with your image.

Oh Nikola, it doesn’t matter that you are a Serb, the generations of the world will remember you!

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Here’s where you’ll find my weekly original world music video blogs that appear on Huffington Post, as well as an archive starting in April of 2009.

This is also the place where you will find video that is exclusive to my site. I’ve traveled to places like Uzbekistan, Morocco, and Taiwan and no matter where I go I have found amazingly talented and creative people working in every genre from the deepest traditions to the cutting edge.

It’s been incredibly rewarding to interview them and to capture some of what they do on video. Enjoy what you see and hear, and let me know what you think. I welcome your feedback.