Kruno Gypsy Jazz Ensemble Brings Hot Sound To Wilson College
By fusing Eastern European folk traditions and Django swing, the Kruno Gypsy Jazz Ensemble has created a new brand of music that mesmerizes audiences with its sweet Balkan melodies, romantic songs and hot Gypsy jazz.
The group will perform at Wilson College at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 26, in Laird Hall. Coffeehouse style seating will be available and tables of eight may be reserved in advance.
The Kruno Gypsy Jazz Ensemble, which received a standing ovation at New York’s famous Birdland Djangofest, was called “the hot new thing in 2005” by the Philadelphia City Paper. It has performed at folk festivals and jazz clubs all over the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan, bringing its unique blend of swing and folk themes to enthusiastic audiences.
The ensemble is led by Krunoslav “Kruno” Spisic, who grew up among the ethnic Slavs and Roma, exposed to many forms of art and music from the Balkans and its Gypsies. Later, he exploded onto the scene with his unique blend of Gypsy jazz and Balkan fusion.
His first instrument was the tambura, a four-tone mandolin from modern-day Croatia. While studying guitar in college, Spisic was introduced to Djanjo-style guitar and immersed himself in the Gypsy jazz genre. He toured the international jazz circuit, where he gained an extensive repertoire and a more mature understanding of the idiom.
In 2002, Spisic moved to the U.S. and joined forces with rhythm guitarist/composer Vjekoslav Dimter, bassist Scott Churchman and charismatic accordionist Adis Sirbubalo to form the Kruno Spisic Gypsy Jazz Ensemble. The Wilson performance will feature two guitars, bass and violin.
Regular ticket prices are general admission – $15; senior citizens – $12; children in grades K- 12 – free; full-time Wilson CFW and CCE students – free; and non-Wilson students – $7.50