Goran Bregović and his Balkan Brass Band Thrill at Overflowing Stavros Niarchos Park (Vid)

Goran Bregović’s friends performed his soundtrack scores, classic Balkan Gypsy brass music, and Greek pop favorites like Theos an Enai and To Benzinadiko popularized by Alkistis Protopsalti. Photo by TNH

ATHENS – Cool jazz warmed visitors and locals during the chilliest night of the summer – jackets were seen on Athenians for the first time since May – as the Parklife concert series of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center welcomed Goran Bregović & The Wedding and Funeral Band.

A composer and performer who is a leader of the Balkan brass jazz phenomenon, Bregovic thrilled fans, his band joined by a ten-member string and vocal ensemble in a performance of his original soundtrack music.

“Bregović has created music that is rooted in tradition yet global and unmistakably his own,” according to the SNFCC website. The whimsical yet passionate gypsy elements get adults and children up and dancing at all venues, and it was no different on the Great Lawn of Stavros Niarchos Park.

The music included selections Bregović wrote for the godfather of punk, Iggy Pop.

Bulgarian polyphonies performed by a male choir evoke Orthodox church services, and other pieces delighted classical music fans. Indeed, there is something for everyone at his concerts, and in the SNFCC’s smorgasbord of cultural presentations.

One woman commented on its Facebook page that the SNFCC is “the only place in Greece, where we truly feel like European citizens.”

Goran Bregović’s friends performed his soundtrack scores, classic Balkan Gypsy brass
music, and Greek pop favorites like Theos an Enai and To Benzinadiko popularized by
Alkistis Protopsalti. Photo by TNH