If we were to identify the one defining element that qualifies us as alive, it would be our heartbeat. The rhythmic life force that keeps all of us going. And perhaps that is why we respond so instinctively to music – because its nature is that of life itself. Sometimes this rhythm can alter itself, making the heart beat too fast or too slow.
Taking inspiration from this very idea of playing with the structure of rhythm and breaking its predictable patterns, Aritmija is a Slovenia-based band, committed to exploring unusual musical arrangements. It skillfully combines traditional Balkan music with rock, jazz, flamenco, Indian classical, Sufi and folk.
Originally formed by two Slovenian musicians, Tilen Stepišnik and Šemsudin Džopa Dino, Aritmija has performed in over 500 concerts and reputed festivals across Slovenia, Switzerland, Germany, France, Italy, UK, Austria and Uzbekistan in the last 15 years. In 2016, Aritmija collaborated with two classically trained musicians from Mumbai, India – vocalist Sabiha Khan, and tabla player Vinayak Netke, resulting in a unique new sound palette for the band. Tilen’s and Šemsudin’s masterful chord-play on the guitars, elevated by the emotive power of Sabiha’s vocals and Vinayak’s exquisite rendering of the tabla, blended together in many intuitive compositions that created magic on stage.
The collaboration continued during the winter of 2016-17 with a short Indian tour in Mumbai and Jaipur. This was followed by a month-long summer tour in Central Europe in 2017, with concerts in several reputed music festivals. True to its open-ended improvisational style of creating music, the band was joined by accomplished guest artists in many of these shows. Such cross-cultural collaborations not only result in the creation of fresh new music, they also set a fine example of global solidarity in troubled times.
With a rich ensemble of high octane instrumentals, complimented with soulful Indian vocals, Aritmija blends different styles and genres, experimenting with an inclusive approach and adding layers to its compositions which speak to a universal audience. In the days to come, Aritmija aims to reach out to as many people as possible, through interactive music festivals, concerts, informal gigs as well as recordings of their inventive endeavours.
|26/08/17||Ljubljana||Festival Noč v stari Ljubljani||Slovenia|
|25/08/17||Žalec||Festival akustične glasbe||Slovenia|
|23/08/17||Postojna||Festival Zmaj ‘ma mlade||Slovenia|
|14/08/17||Nova Gorica||Festival Poletna scena||Slovenia|
|04/08/17||Murska Sobota||Festival Soboško poletje||Slovenia|
|30/12/16||Jaipur||Jawahar Kala Kendra||India|
|28/12/16||Mumbai||Cuckoo club Mumbai||India|
|27/12/16||Mumbai||Balgandharva Rang Mandir||India|
TV Slovenia reports on our summer 2017 tour
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