Sondorgo is one of the leading exponents of tamburitza music from Hungary. Founded by the Eredics brothers in the mid-90s in Szentendre (a small Hungarian town near Budapest, with long-established Serbian tradition), this exciting ensemble is committed to performing and promoting the southern slavic folk music collected by Béla Bartók and Tihamér Vujicsics and celebrated by communities along the Danube River. They are capable of bringing to life the hidden gems of different Balkan sounds. In contrast to most groups playing Balkan music, Sondorgo is not playing brass band music, but rather it is a tamburitza band with a technical virtuosity and a fresh interpretation. Nowadays Sondorgo is a constant performer of festivals in Hungary and Europe and they repeatedly have worked together with the famous Macedonian saxophonist Ferus Mustafov – fruit of this collaboration is their joint 2009 album entitled “Sondorgo & Ferus Mustafov In Concert”. What Sondorgo combine brilliantly is a respect for the traditions, a desire to innovate and a fizzing unstoppable virtuosity.
Dzambo Agusevi Orchestra is a brass band from Macedonia virtuously performing a music that might be defined as fusion of traditional Balkan, Gypsy and Turkish music influenced by swing, jazz and pop and film music, today considered as one of top Balkan brass bands. From humble beginnings in the small Macedonian city of Strumica to conquering stages across the globe, the Dzambo Agusevi Orchestra has risen to the very top of the international music scene. Dzambo Agusev, also known by the nickname ”the funky tiger”, is the most widely celebrated Macedonian musician and since the late Esma Redzepova but he’s not about to rest on his laurels earning a fortune playing glitzy weddings and big festivals. Yet the young virtuoso was not satisfied with such a career and has, since then, looked towards at developing the reputation he and his band hold as musicians par excellence and winning an audience across Europe and beyond. In doing so they have won many admirers.