1. Kraljevo kolo
stani Ibar vodo!
4. Iz Banata
6. Oj, javore, javore
9. Arapsko kokonjeste
10. Tamo - 'amo
13. Oj Moravo!
SERBOPLOV – REMEMBERING OBLIVION
The Serboplov project came about after the realization that there
is currently no quality promotion of traditional Serbian music and
genres that reflect it. The material which the Serboplov group presents
is rooted in Serbian musical traditions and is chronologically linked
with the transition between the 19th and 20th century and can be
defined as the music of urbane Serbia. The fact is that this genre
has been neglected for over half a century, especially in terms
of making changes in arrangements in accordance to our day and age.
The initial intention of Serboplov is to call attention to a part
of our cultural inheritance which once carried the populist culture
and to present folk as something that can sound fresh and timely
without intruding on its original form. It is also an effort to
revive a way of performing music that was once an everyday occurrence
but is rarely seen in today’s world. Serboplov does not just play
old scores, rather creates a new sound using old melodies and rhythmic
characteristics as a basis, that are reminiscent of the “acoustic”
tradition of this era and stylistically unite this music which was
once played in cafes, bars, hotels and other places of public importance.
Serboplov’s founding member, Bogdan Rankovic is a clarinet player
with a degree from the Novi Sad Academy of Art. In a cross section
of various musical genres, he has built his own style based on folk
and jazz, as well as classical music. Rankovic is joined by his
collaborator of many years, Boris Kovac, with whom he has recorded
many albums and played all around the world with, from Tokyo to
Edinburgh. Violin players Nenad Vrbaski and Slavica Rankovic, viola
player Aleksandar Stepanovic and double bass player Milos Matic
round out the team of musicians which make up Serboplov.
“When played by Serboplov, 'Stani, Stani Ibar Vodo' is
reminiscent of a David Lynch movie. If this is our ticket for a
trip back to the future, sign me up."