So long and thank you for 8 great years

Dear Orkestar Slivovica Friends and Fans,

After much deliberation and soul searching, we have made the difficult decision to end the band.

Buy why, many of you ask. Why do bands end? It is rarely for just one reason. Eight years is a long time and keeping a large band such as this moving forward takes an enormous amount of time, energy, and dedication. The local live music scene is increasingly difficult as venues disappear, funding decreases, and the perceived value of live music diminishes. We have had many amazing people in the band, but every time people leave and new people come in, it takes a lot of work to build a team that can work together with a shared vision, and facing that yet again made this seem the right time to bid farewell.

Things change, nothing lasts forever. Eight years is a good run for any band!

You will no doubt see and hear more from the various members, and we are not ruling out some future project, or maybe a one-off reunion show someday. But for now this will be it.

Thank you so much to all the fans who have supported and followed us from our humble beginnings, and saw the many transformations of the band over the years as members and artistic visions changed. Thank you to all the musicians who have played with the band, with special thanks to our teacher and mentor Demiran Cerimovic who came from Serbia four times to show us how “trubaci” music is really played. Thank you to all the other artistic collaborators, both musical and visual, especially the many dancers of various styles. And thank you to all the wonderful clients and event producers we have worked with over the years, and all the marvelous festivals and weddings and other celebrations we had the privilege to be part of (if you were planning on booking us again, get in touch and we’ll try to line you up with a suitable replacement band), with a special thanks to Caravan World Rhythms and Transformation Projects for our longstanding partnerships.

But before we go, please join us for a last hurrah at Opa Tsupa festival on October 22 and the Russian Hall (see below).

Oliver and Kristina

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