old songs, new world
California-grown, Brooklyn-based Eva Salina is a groundbreaking interpreter of Balkan Romani songs. Raised in the US Balkan Diaspora, Eva's mentors are some of the greatest living Balkan musicians. Eva’s rich, supple voice moves effortlessly through the intricate and demanding expression of Romani songs, intertwining vintage pop songs with her singular interpretations. A passionate activist for dialogue and mutual understanding, and an advocate for women in traditional and traditionally-based music, Eva is committed to a life of collaboration and evolving musical traditions.
Eva's duo partner is Peter “Perica” Stan is a Serbian/Romanian Roma accordionist known for his playful innovation and soulful, intuitive improvisations. Eva & Peter draw on a long musical friendship, creating dynamic, intimate performances where mournful contemplation nestles gently amongst songs of riotous joy. Their new album, a portrait of one of Romani music’s most poignant women’s voices, comes out late 2017 on Vogiton Records.
In their collaboration, Eva Salina & Peter Stan pick up and continue an interrupted legacy of empowered female voices in Balkan Romani (gypsy) music. Amplifying voices of past generations of Romani women musicians, Eva & Peter employ tenderness, grace, passion and a commitment to keeping these songs alive and evolving, while inspiring and teaching young people in the Balkans and the Balkan diaspora to participate in their own living traditions.
Eva & Peter performed at Belgrade's Mikser Festival 2016 with Šaban's band, Crne Mambe, in a Šaban tribute curated by Dragi Šestić (Mostar Sevdah Reunion). Recent and upcoming performances include California WorldFest, Lincoln Center’s Meet the Artist, Carnegie Hall’s Musical Explorers, Global Copenhagen, Newport Folk Festival, and Chicago World Music Festival.
Live from the Museum of Jurassic Technology
(Full Performance, 7.9.17)