The Slovenia Times

Katalena celebrating 15th anniversary with concert in Ljubljana


The evening will be dominated by the group's less known songs and those that have never been performed live yet.

Katalena was founded in 2001 at a music workshop in the south-eastern town of Črmošnjice by a group of enthusiasts, whose mission is to "rejuvenate" the heritage of folk music in a fresh and relaxed way, ignoring the rules of musical genres.

In the 15 years of existence, the six-member band has released six albums. The last one is dubbed Enci benci Katalenci and takes its inspiration from children's counting-out games. The project was later upgraded into a theatre show for children.

Performing at all major festivals in Slovenia and also elsewhere in Europe, the band has also presented itself in the US and Israel.

An interesting chapter in its history was its cooperation with ballet dancers and choreographers Valentina Turcu and Edward Clug and the SNG Maribor ballet ensemble, with whom they staged a performance at the national Culture Day ceremony in 2005.

The band consists of singer Vesna Zornik, pianist Polona Janežič, guitarist Boštjan Narat, multi-instrumentalist Boštjan Gombač, Tibor Mihelič Syed on bass guitar and Robert Rebolj, who plays percussions.

They are all active also outside the band, working on theatre plays, film, literary-musical and dance projects and cooperating with many well-known Slovenian musicians and bands.


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