The University of Chicago’s Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies (CEERES), in conjunction with with the Bosnian American Community and Cultural Center and Loyola University, is proud to support the Chicago visit of noted Bosnian musician and ethnomusicologist Damir Imamović.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010 | 8:30 PM
Damir Imamović performs Bosnian Sevdah music at the Old Town School of Folk Music
Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall :: 4544 N Lincoln Ave.
Free ticketed event. $5 suggested donation.
BOX OFFICE: 773.728.6000 for reservations
Friday, September 24, 2010 | 3:30PM
Public lecture: “Sevdah Changes: The Genealogy of a Traditional Bosnian Music Genre”
Loyola University Chicago; Crown Center Auditorium, 1001 W Loyola Ave, Chicago, IL 60626
Description: Sevdah music is the most developed branch of traditional music in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Its history is rich and ambiguous, ranging from solitary saz players’ recordings, today almost forgotten, to popular recordings of big orchestras from the 1950s onward. Damir Imamovic is one of the most important Sevdah performers of his generation. While researching the roots and modes of interpretation in this music, Damir Imamovic discovers a whole new world of wide-ranging influences and creates an alternative history of the genre. This lecture focuses on the historical transformation of key traits of the Sevdah music, its genealogy and its potential for future development. Imamovic’s presentation will be of note to those interested in music, cultural history, anthropology and ethnology, Balkan and Eastern European studies, Slavic languages and poetry, Turkish classical and folk music, and (former) Yugoslav cultures.