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Damir Imamović

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"A true revolutionary of the genre!” www.sevdalinkas.com

“The king of sevdah music!” Huffington Post

“…a new take on Balkan blues!” Guardian

Ten years into a uniquely fascinating career, Bosnian musician Damir Imamović has established himself as a leading voice in contemporary sevdah and continues to forge innovative approaches to the venerable tradition. We are delighted to announce that he will be embarking on a 2020 tour with a new quartet comprising the legendary jazz bassist Greg Cohen (John Zorn, Tom Waits, Ornette Coleman), one of Turkey’s premium classical kemenche soloists, Derya Türkan (Kudsi Ergüner, Erkan Oğur, Jordi Savall), and virtuoso violinist Ivana Đurić, one of the most prominent soloists in contemporary sevdah and a member of Damir’s other band Sevdah Takht.

The quartet’s repertoire is based on Damir’s upcoming new album and his decade-long musical journey. It will include a wealth of original material from his acclaimed catalogue but will also revisit the sevdah classics. The combination of his powerful and agile singing and the unusual, rich blend of the four stringed instruments create a seductive and original acoustic sound.

Damir will be touring Europe in 2020 following the 6 March release of his new album “Singer of Tales” on Wrasse Records, produced by renowned producer Joe Boyd (Nick Drake, R.E.M., Fairport Convention) and Andrea Goertler, and recorded by Grammy-winning engineer Jerry Boys.

Taking its name from ‘sevda’, the Turkish word for love, derived in turn from the Arabic ‘sawda’ (melancholy), sevdah has been played in the Balkans in one form or another since at least the 15th century. Often referred to as the ‘Bosnian blues’, its lyrical and musical preoccupations with love, longing and loss provide a bridge to other European traditions, such as Portuguese fado or Greek rembetika.

On Damir Imamović

Damir Imamović is a Bosnian sevdah master singer and instrumentalist. Born into a family of sevdah musicians in Sarajevo, he has become a well-known representative of the new generation of traditional musicians in Bosnia-Herzegovina and the region.

He has played solo and in different formations, such as his quartet Sevdah Takht, since 2005, and has toured widely in Europe, Asia, North and Central America. This is his sixth album. He regularly composes for other artists, theatre and film.

With his SevdahLab programme, he is passionately engaged as a music researcher and educator. This work resulted in the 2015 multi-media exhibition “Sevdah – the Art of Freedom” in Sarajevo. His book “Sevdah”, the first history of the genre, was published in 2016.

On Greg Cohen

Greg Cohen is an American bass player. In his long and eclectic career, he has recorded and toured with a variety of artists in many styles of music, including John Zorn’s Masada Quartet, Ornette Cole- man, Tom Waits, Woody Allen, David Byrne, Elvis Costello, Laurie Anderson, Marianne Faithfull, Brian Eno, Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan.

Greg has worked as an arranger, producer, musical director and composer for the theatre, film, television and recording studios. At present, he is a professor of music at the Jazz-Institut-Berlin.  

On Derya Türkan

Derya Türkan is a master of the Turkish kemenche. He plays and records the Ottoman classical music repertoire as well as his own compositions and collaborates in different styles with artists from all over the world, including Jordi Savall, Renaud Garcia Fons and Djivan Gasparyan.

A graduate of the Turkish Music State Conservatory, he was invited as guest musician to the Istanbul State Turkish Music Ensemble in 1990 and joined TRT Istanbul Radio in 1991, where he recorded with many great Turkish artists such as Alaadin Yavaşça, Bedri Sıdkı Sezgin, Niyazi Sayın and Erol Deran. Derya has played with the Kudsi Ergüner Ensemble and is one of the founders of İncesaz.

On Ivana Đurić

Ivana Đurić is a virtuoso Bosnian violinist. She began her classical music education at age 9, studying the violin in Bosnia and France. A member of the National Radio-TV Orchestra from 2010-2014, she still regularly performs with the orchestra on a variety of projects.

In her twenties, Ivana started to passionately research, arrange and play traditional Bosnian sevdah music. After many years of musical collaboration and friendship, she joined Damir Imamović’s band Sevdah Takht in 2015.

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Damir Imamović is a Bosnian sevdah master singer and instrumentalist. Born into a family of sevdah musicians in Sarajevo, he has become a well-known representative of the new generation of traditional musicians in Bosnia-Herzegovina and the region.

He has played solo and in different formations, such as his quartet Sevdah Takht, since 2005, and has toured widely in Europe, Asia, North and Central America. This is his sixth album. He regularly composes for other artists, theatre and film.

With his SevdahLab programme, he is passionately engaged as a music researcher and educator. This work resulted in the 2015 multi-media exhibition “Sevdah – the Art of Freedom” in Sarajevo. His book “Sevdah”, the first history of the genre, was published in 2016.



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All Dates

22 Apr
Balkan Trafik
Brussels, Belgium
01 May
St Luke's
London, UK
15 May
TBC
Copenhagen, Denmark
26 May
TBC
Rijeka, Croatia
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+ In The Press

  • "Damir Imamović is in a unique position both to reflect upon his musical roots and to guide the genre of sevdah in a new direction."
    Rhythm Passport
  • "The king of sevdah music"
    The Huffington Post
  • "The new direction in Bosnian sevdah"
    fRoots
  • "... a new take on Balkan blues"
    The Guardian
  • "A true revolutionary of the genre"
    sevdalinkas.com