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Testimonials

"I love the music of Balkanika and I know about their spectacular concerts that are held throughout the Balkans and the world. I have their albums in my collection."

Ennio Morricone, composer

"In their music, the color of instruments and the color of synthetic sounds is integrated in an fascinating manner. The music on the album Delta Project is completely original and, on the other hand, it appears that everybody who is listening can recognize bits of the authenticity of each of us in it."

Joe Zawinul, composer

"I am a big fan of Balkanika. It is a magnificent group, which I admire immensely, and I love their music very much. Their fantastic concert, which was held at the palace in Belgrade for my birthday along with the presence of my friends including the Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf. He was so delighted that the concert was extended an extra hour."

Crown prince Aleksandar Karađorđević

"The spectacle that was staged by Balkanika in Tunisia was a big surprise for me and for Tabarka. Their originality and the depth of the performance, their appearance on stage and the musical performance were a truly unique experience - not only for the audience but also for the journalists, critics and foreign guests who have visited the concert."

Mourad Mathari, director of the Tabarka Jazz Festival, Tunisia

"Balkanika presently means the affirmation of being the best here in our country, this implies the nations talent and the talent of one able to hear it, whom is inspired by it, whom does not plagiarize it, whom by means of personal identity, use of personal emotion, through musicality gets across to others, passing it to the present generation here and also in the world."

Jovan Ćirilov, theatreologist

"I believe that Balkanika has that gradation of color, black and white, and everything in between... Balkanika is an absolutely endless spectrum of color... However, what makes it distinguishable is the black and white."

Olja Ivanjicki, painter

"I take my hat off to Sanja and Balkanika for the reason that it has become a brand. Not just a Serbian one, but also a brand encompassing the entire Balkan region."

Irfan Mensur, actor and director

"Balkanika stepped into great concert production with the new album that is far more modern than the previous one, and this made it possible for the production team, by using the latest audio - visual technology and technical achievements, to make the Balkanika concerts a real urban musical and theatrical fairy tale."

Saša Stamenković, producer and manager

"It's some kind of music that begins out of nowhere, softly intoxicates you and leads you into a trance... when it disappears you feel sorry that it's gone. I believe what Sanja has achieved with Balkanika is equivalent to, let's say, what Radoje Domanović has done for literature."

Dragoljub Đuričić, composer / drummer

"The music of Balkanika has deeply moved us, so much that people where crying at the Festival during their performance. I am happy I had the chance to hear music from the Balkans, particularly the music of Serbia, which keeps the emotions of the Yugoslavian people. It's hard to describe how wonderful it was and extraordinary on the stage. I recommend to listen to it live, Balkanika is the No. 1! "

Lee Junghung, director of the Ulsan Music Festival, Korea

"That amount of the positive energy that I felt watching and listening the concert of Balkanika at the festival, I have not felt for a long time. When you add to this the beauty of the old fortress of Corfu, the sparks from the past, moonlight and sea, words can not describe the experience"

Aja Jung, Director of the Corfu Music Festival, Greece

"I'm glad that Sanja Ilic and his group participated at the festival and that they have given us wonderful music. I am particularly pleased that Balkanika was the first ex Yu group that presented the music and culture of the Balkans, in an unusual way, and at times we have had the impression that we hear the music of our ancestors. Very impressive!"

Luis Nevarez, Cervantino Festival, Mexico

"I am delighted with band Balkanika. Although I played with them in New Delhi for the first time I felt unbreakable connection, I felt as if I played with them all my life, probably because Balkanika music has the magical power to connect."

Sushet Malhotra, percussionist, India

"Sanja is my great friend and greatly respect his work. It was a great pleasure to perform with Balkanika. It's amazing to be with them on the stage, together with dozens of top performers and large choir, to be part of a perfect theatrical spectacle ... I would love to experience it all over again."

Theodosii Spassov, kaval player, Bulgaria

"After the concert of Balkanika in Puebla I got the impression that the city was revived in the cultural sense. I enjoyed the music and stage spectacle og Balkanika group, but also watching the cheers and delight of the audience. I would also love to have them in our future projects."

Arelys Flores Ferrer, Minister of Culture of Pueblo, Mexico

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„Volim muziku Balkanike i znam za njihove spektakularne koncerte koje održavaju širom Balkana i sveta. U svojoj kolekciji imam i njihove diskove."

Ennio Morricone, kompozitor

„U njihovoj muzici fascinantno je uklopljen kolorit instrumenata sa koloritom sintetičkih zvukova. Muzika albuma Delta project je potpuno originalna ali, sa druge strane, čini se, svi koji je slušaju u njoj mogu prepoznati deliće autentičnosti svakog od nas"

Joe Zawinul, kompozitor

„Ja sam veliki fan Balkanike. To je velika grupa, koju izuzetno poštujem i čiju muziku toliko volim. Na njihovom fantastičnom koncertu za moj rođendan, na dvoru u Beogradu, bio je prisutan i moj prijatelj, švedski kralj Carl XVI Gustav. On je bio oduševljen i koncert se produžio za čitav sat."

NJKV Prestolonaslednik Aleksandar Karađorđević

„Spektakl koji je Balkanika priredila u Tunisu bio je veliko iznenađenje za mene i Tabarku. Njihova originalnost i dubina u izvođenju, njihova pojava na bini i muziciranje zaista su bili neponovljiv doživljaj ne samo za publiku nego i za novinare, kritiku i strance koji su posetili koncert."

Mourad Mathari, direktor Tabarka Jazz Festival, Tunisia

„Balkanika danas znači afirmaciju nečeg najboljeg kod nas, to znači talenat naroda i talenat onoga koji to čuje, koji se time inspiriše, koji to ne falsifikuje, koji to kroz svoju ličnost, kroz svoju emotivnost, kroz svoju muzikalnost prenosi drugima, prenosi sadašnjim generacijama, kod nas i u svetu."

Jovan Ćirilov, teatrolog

„Mislim da Balkanika ima tu fantastičnu gradaciju boja, i belo i crno i sve ono između...Balkanika je jedan totalno beskrajni spektar boja... Ali, ono što je karakteriše je crno i belo."

Olja Ivanjicki, slikarka

„Skidam kapu pred Sanjom i Balkanikom iz razloga što je to postao brend. Ne samo srpski, već brend svih balkanskih prostora."

Irfan Mensur, glumac i reditelj

„Balkanika je u veliku koncertnu produkciju ušla novim albumom koji je daleko moderniji od prethodnog, što je produkcijskom timu omogućilo da, koristeći najsavremeniju audio – vizuelnu tehnologiju i tehnička dostignuća, koncerte Balkanike učine pravom urbanom muzičko – scenskom bajkom."

Saša Stamenković, producent i menadžer

„To je neka muzika koja počinje ni od kuda, polako vas opija, uvodi vas u trans. A kad nestane, strašno vam je žao što je više nema. Mislim da ovo što je Sanja uradio sa Balkanikom za ovaj prostor znači, otprilike, nešto vrlo slično nivou kao što je, recimo, u književnosti uradio Radoje Domanović."

Dragoljub Đuričić, kompozitor i bubnjar

„Muzika Balkanike nas je duboko dirnula, toliko da su ljudi plakali na Festivalu za vreme nastupa. Srećan sam što sam imao priliku da čujem muziku sa Balkana, naročito muziku iz Srbije, koja čuva emocije jugoslovenskih naroda. Teško je opisati koliko je bilo divno i izvanredno na nastupu. Preporučujem da slušate uživo, Balkanika je broj 1!"

Lee Junghung, direktor Ulsan Music Festival, Korea

„Toliku količinu pozitivne energije, koju sam osetila slušajući i gledajući koncert Balkanike na našem festivalu, nisam odavno osetila. Kada tome dodate lepotu stare krfske tvrđave, iskrice iz prošlosti, mesečinu i more, doživljaj se ne da opisati rečima"

Aja Jung, Direktor Corfu Music Festival, Grčka

„Drago mi je što je Sanja Ilić sa svojom grupom učestvovao na našem festivalu i što su nam priredili predivne koncerte. Posebno me raduje što je Balkanika prva ex Yu grupa koja nam je predstavila muziku i kulturu Balkana na neobičan način, te smo na momente imali utisak da čujemo muziku naših predaka. Zaista impresivno!"

Luis Nevarez, Cervantino Festival, Mexico

„Oduševljen sam grupom Balkanika. Iako sam u Nju Delhiju prvi put nastupao sa njima osećao sam neraskidivu nit koja nas sve prožima, osećao sam kao da sa njima sviram čitavog života, verovatno zato što muzika Balkanike ima tu magijsku moć da spaja naizgled nespojivo."

Sushet Malhotra, perkusionista, Indija

„Sanja je moj veliki prijatelj i izuzetno poštujem njegov celokupan rad. Bilo mi je veliko zadovoljstvo da nastupam sa Balkanikom. Neverovatan je osećaj biti sa njima na sceni, pored desetine vrhunskih izvođača i velikog hora, biti deo savršenog scenskog spektakla... Voleo bih da sve to iznova doživljavam."

Theodosii Spassov, kavalista, Bugarska

„Nakon koncerta Balkanike u Puebli stekla sam utisak da je grad oživeo u kulturnom pogledu. Uživala sam u muzičkom i scenskom spektaklu Balkanike, ali isto tako i posmatrajući ovacije i oduševljenje publike Volela bih da njihov program bude deo i naših budućih projekata."

Arelys Flores Ferrer, ministarka kulture Pueble, Meksiko