About Orkestar Slivovica

Bio

Orkestar Slivovica is Vancouver’s home-grown Balkan Brass band, playing wedding and festive music from Serbia, Macedonia, and other beautiful Balkan lands, where it is known as Trubachi and no such occasion is complete without it. The 8-12 piece brass ensemble plays and sings a diverse repertoire, from insanely fast dance tunes to heartwrenching songs.

Members

    • OLIVER SCHNEIDER – alto and sopranino sax
      KRISTINA ZALITE – tapan, goč drum
      JONNINE MAHONEN – rotary flugelhorn
      LUKE MOORE – clarinet
      ASHTON SWEET – helicon, tuba
      SUSAN GEROFSKY – tenor horn
      NIKOLA TOSIC- rotary flugelhorn
      STEVE CLEMENTS – tenor horn
      JESSE WHITEHEAD – tenor horn
      PACHIEL SMITH – tenor horn
      MIK BEWSKY – tenor horn
    • People who have performed with our band: Alyssa Semczyszyn, Deirdra “Squinky” Kiai, Ed Morris, Yves Guihur, Gavin Root, Paul Hendriks, Wayne Mercier, Jen Kat, Mike Soret, Adam Kiidumae, Nola Semczyszyn, Leslie, Jack Garton, Chelsea Walton, Matt Rodgers, Maren Lisac, Kevin Rowe, Geoff Colpitts, Sky Lambourne, Andromeda MacIsaac, Mythical Man, Morgan Bartlett, Zak Youssef, Brian Weingartner, … and ongoing regular guests Dragan Markovic, Todd Bifford, Vladan Vidakovic, Demiran Cerimovic and Novica Cerimovic!

Influences

Demiran Cerimovic, Bakija Bakic, Slobodan Salijevic, Kocani Orkestar, Ekrem Sajdic, Goran Bregovic, Ferus Mustafov, Boban i Marko Markovic, Emir Kusterica, Orkestar Zirkonium, Bucharest Drinking Team, Brass Menazeri, Yuri Yunakov, Black Bear Combo, Fanfare Ciocarlia, Le8lie, Karandila, the music of the Guca Festival in Serbia, the music you want at your wedding!

Sounds Like

Take a New Orleans second line marching band and send them to a Roma village in Southern Serbia, feed them cevapcic and sljivovica for a year while exposing them to 100 3-day weddings.

After one of our Slivovica Social Club nights, a guest left us the message that, “Everybody had a great time last night. It was absolutely one of the nights to remember for the rest of our lives”. ~Vesna Vidic …… …..