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.
- 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!
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!
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 …… …..