One of the world’s finest concert accordionists, Bosnian-born Merima Ključo and acclaimed guitarist of Bosnian, Serbian, and Croatian origins, Miroslav Tadić join in an unexpected union of sounds to present Aritmia.
Based in Los Angeles, both musicians take their inspiration from their Balkan heritage. Combining influences from the region’s folk music as well as Sephardi and Lezmer traditions, Ključo creates an expressive freedom of improvised sound. Tadić seamlessly juxtaposes baroque, flamenco, blues, and European classical sounds to name a few, creating a sound buffet sure to satiate your audible cravings.
A nontraditional unexpected marriage of instruments, both Ključo and Tadić, present their provocative arrangements in an effortless exchange. Join us as the accordion and guitar guide us on a melodic journey through an endless range of traditions and geographies.
Merima Ključo, accordion, imbues a dizzying variety of music with playing that moves with its depth of understanding and experience. Whether performing in recital, with ensembles such as Serendipity 4 (with Theodore Bikel), MusikFabrik, and the Asko/Schönberg Ensemble, or as guest soloist with orchestras such as the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the soulful traditions of her instrument are not only given a unique voice, but they are given new life and meaning. Merima’s love of world music, and the music of Bosnia in particular, is something she seeks to share with audiences everywhere.
As the producer, composer, and arranger for her highly rated album, Zumra (World Village 2010), she has created a multi-layered classical interpretation of a musical tradition she treasures. Her compositions and arrangements are original and contemporary in their juxtaposition of extended techniques with traditional musical forms. The album was voted by The Sunday Times (UK) as one of the "Top 100" albums of 2010", as well as fourth in "Top 10 World Music Albums".
Guitarist, composer and improviser Miroslav Tadic completed his formal music education in the United States after studying in Italy and his native Yugoslavia. He has performed and recorded in a wide variety of settings and musical styles, ranging from music of the Baroque and Classical periods to Blues, Jazz, Rock and World music.
Tadić has recorded worldwide and his music can be heard on CMP Records, M–A Recordings, Third Ear, Avalon, Croatia Records, ENJA, Nine Winds and Sony/BMG. He performs regularly in Europe, North and South America and Japan. In recent years Tadić has concentrated on developing an approach to improvisation which combines and juxtaposes musical material drawn from many diverse sources, including Baroque, European classical and North Indian classical music, Flamenco, Eastern European folk traditions, Blues, Jazz, and Rock.
Tadić has composed solo and chamber works published by Les Editions Doberman-Yppan. He has also written music for numerous experimental film, dance and theatre works, most recently music for Croatian feature film “Seventy Two Days” by Danilo Serbedzija.
Since 1985, Tadić has been a professor at the prestigious California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles, CA.