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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 24 | volume V | January-February, 2002



                     Peer-reviewed journal
Blesok no. 24January-February, 2002
Sound Reviews

Interview with Synthesis

Our task is to protect the traditional music

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Ljupčo Jolevski

    Synthesis, the most significant Macedonian musical exporting product, the band that successfully combines the very roots of the Macedonian traditional music with the modern musical arrangements and trends, finished its concert circle (after Thessaloniki – Greece, Arizona and New York – USA, Milan – Italy, Lisbon – Portugal, Hueska – Spain, Bosho – Belgium, Krakow – Poland and Sidney, Melbourne and Pert – Australia) in front of the Skopje audience. So, Synthesis finished the year of 2001 in the best way, the year in which the grand concerts that this band made along with the Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra did come true in their native country – in the Universal Hall in Skopje. The interview that follows here is made in the period before the planned new enterprises of this band all throughout the world. By the way, according the words of their executive producer Oliver Belopeta for the first half of 2002, the forced efforts are made for undertaking the serial of concerts along the Balkan countries – that understands: Slovenia, Croatia, FR Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Turkey… Above that, he adds that it won’t be any surprise to do some concerts across the Atlantic again.
    About Synthesis and its work and traces in time, here speaks Radoslav Šutevski (drums, percussion…), Marian Jovanovski (tambourines) and Goce Uzunski (drum, tarabuka, dajre). And, at the very beginning:  

Šutevski: Those two concerts we did with the Philharmonics, we consider them as the spectacles made only in one breath and no other way, because at the stage, at that time, there were over 100 people. A big, robust, but beautiful project… If you achieve your goals and fulfill the expectations, of course…
    From the other point of view, the last year’s New Year Concert was an event when for the first time in front of the Skopje audience, we did come out as a band with a concept. So, we offered to the public the material from the album Swinging Macedonia with a different sound “picture” that was freed of any pomposity, but I think it was strong, energetic and direct. We were already heard with that music numbers in Ohrid, Bitola, Krushevo, and Kumanovo… but not in Skopje until this event. Finally, it was a really successful year, crowned with this grandiose concert, worthy of the band of our caliber. The audience was more than satisfied, which is more than enough for us.

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