Katalena

Live Act Folk Rock
Katalena - Folk Rock Live Act in Ljubljana

Katalena Short Info

In the chapter of the contemporary Slovene popular music, Katalena needs to be addressed as no more and no less than a phenomenon.
The story of this urban band begins in an idyllic village in the Southeast of Slovenia, where, in the summer of 2001, a group of six enthusiasts unearthed archival folklore material and rejuvenated its rustic image in line with their art rock, funk, jazz and blues pedigree and with their own integral youthful vision that was as much philosophical as it was musical.
The feedback from those privileged enough to encounter with the six-some music in its prime, soon outgrew the original idea of a one off experiment and in the months and years to follow, sons and daughters of Katalena took the stages of the most prominent festivals, concert halls and clubs home and abroad by a storm.
In fourteen years time the band gave birth to five brainchildren – (Z)godbe/Stories (2002), Babje leto/Indian summer (2004), Kmečka ohcet/Country wedding (2006), Cvik cvak! (2008), Noč čarovnic/Night of the Witches (2011) and Enci benci Katalenci (2015). Albums received great attention among music writers that are up to this day still unable to categorize them, turned the existing folkloristic theories upside down and converted a great number of doubting Thomases into folk music fans.
Combining best of the Slovene traditional music, carefully selected from the archives, songbooks and old vinyl records with solid rock rhythms, funky groove and enviable arranging skills it creates a unique post-folk rock style that presents the music legacy of Slovenia’s regions in an utterly new light. Fused with dynamic and invigorating electrical instruments, which caress the enchanting singing, it is transformed on the stage into a dance and sound performance that mesmerises even the most musically pampered ears.
Katalena is the most inspirational voice of the 21st century Slovene folk music soundtrack. the stage into a show of dance and music that engages even the most disenchanted ears.

Vesna Zornik - voice | Polona Janežič - keyboard, harmonium, percussions, voice | Boštjan Gombač - voice, clarinet, pocket trumpet, flugelhorn, sax soprano, bass, ukulele, fujara, irish flute, accordion, percussion, Andes 25F | Tibor Mihelič Syed - bass, saz, ukulele, kalimba, percussion, back vocal | Boštjan Narat - guitar, banjo, percussion, voice | Robert Rebolj - drums, percussion

In the chapter of the contemporary Slovene popular music, Katalena needs to be addressed as no more and no less than a phenomenon.
The story of this urban band begins in an idyllic village in the Southeast of Slovenia, where, in the summer of 2001, a group of six enthusiasts unearthed archival folklore material and rejuvenated its rustic image in line with their art rock, funk, jazz and blues pedigree and with their own integral youthful vision that was as much philosophical as it was musical.
The feedback from those privileged enough to encounter with the six-some music in its prime, soon outgrew the original idea of a one off experiment...

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Past Gigs Katalena

  • 05 | 2016 Ljubljana Katalena
  • 03 | 2016 Idrija Katalena
  • 02 | 2016 Velenje Katalena
  • 02 | 2016 KD Janeza Bernika, Domžale Katalena
  • 02 | 2016 KD Janeza Bernika, Domžale Katalena
  • 01 | 2016 Cankarjev dom, Ljubljana Enci benci Katalenci
  • 01 | 2016 Cankarjev dom, Ljubljana Enci benci Katalenci
  • 12 | 2015 KCJT, Novo mesto Enci benci Katalenci
  • 12 | 2015 KCJT, Novo mesto Enci benci Katalenci
  • 12 | 2015 KCJT, Novo mesto Enci benci Katalenci
  • 12 | 2015 Cankarjev dom, Ljubljana Enci benci Katalenci
  • 12 | 2015 Cankarjev dom, Ljubljana Enci benci Katalenci
  • 12 | 2015 Cankarjev dom, Ljubljana Enci benci Katalenci
  • 11 | 2015 SNG Nova gorica Enci benci Katalenci
  • 11 | 2015 Cankarjev dom, Ljubljana Enci benci Katalenci
  • 11 | 2015 Cankarjev dom, Ljubljana Enci benci Katalenci
  • 11 | 2015 KGB, Maribor Katalena
  • 10 | 2015 Radio SI, Maribor Katalena
  • 10 | 2015 Murska Sobota Enci benci Katalenci
  • 10 | 2015 Murska Sobota Enci benci Katalenci
  • 10 | 2015 Koper Enci benci Katalenci
  • 10 | 2015 Koper Enci benci Katalenci

Discography Katalena

  • 2015 Enci benci Katalenci Album | Založba Pivec
  • 2011 Noč čarovnic Album | Založba Pivec
  • 2008 Cvik Cvak Album | Dallas Records
  • 2006 Kmečka Ohcet Album | Dallas Records
  • 2004 Babje leto Album | Dallas Records
  • 2002 Z)godbe Album | ZKP

Media

  • Video Katalena: Lisïca
  • Video Katalena: Zrelo je žito
  • Video KATALENA: ENCI BENCI
  • Video Katalena/(Rad Imel bi) Jabuko
  • Video Katalena - Lucija
  • Video Katalena: Noč čarovnic
  • Video Katalena: Banërinä

Origin

  • Ljubljana SI

Founded

  • 2001

Members

  • Vesna Zornik voice
  • Polona Janežič keyboard, harmonium, percussions, voice
  • Boštjan Gombač voice, clarinet, pocket trumpet, flugelhorn, sax soprano, bass, ukulele, fujara, irish flute, accordion, percussion, Andes 25F
  • Tibor Mihelič Syed bass, saz, ukulele, kalimba, percussion, back vocal
  • Boštjan Narat guitar, banjo, percussion, voice
  • Robert Rebolj drums, percussion

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