Goran Bregovic and his Wedding and Funeral Orchestra
The sublime madness of Goran Bregovic and his Wedding and Funeral Orchestra is back for a dizzying, ecstatic reprise! This trans-Balkan musical feast features Gypsy brass players, Bulgarian vocalists and conservatory-trained string players from Belgrade in a kaleidoscope of action, color and intoxicating beats. When civil war started tearing Yugoslavia apart in 1990, Goran Bregovic found himself out of the rock star business. As the founder of Bijelo Dugme (White Button), the guitarist brought a bracing jolt of rock & roll to the Balkans in the mid-70s, selling millions of albums across the region while giving voice to a generation stifled by communist conformity. A multi-ethnic child of Sarajevo, born to a Serbian mother and a Croatian father, Bregovic fled to Paris, where he quickly gained attention for his vivid soundtrack work. Many Americans first experienced Bregovic’s wild mélange of klezmer rock in Sacha Baron Cohen’s irreverant Borat. His rollicking, madcap extravaganza is guaranteed to leave you breathless, with a song in your heart. Bregovic’s SFJAZZ debut in 2009 nearly sold out the Masonic and we recommend getting tickets early for the Paramount’s best seats.