Širom – I can be a clay snapper 
29. 3. 2019
X-OP / KiBela, Ulica kneza Koclja 9, Maribor

Iztok Koren – banjo, three-string banjo, bass drum, percussion, tube bells, balafon, sound sources
Ana Kravanja – violin, viola, ribab, cünbüs, balafon, ngoma drum, mizmar, bendir, sound sources, voice
Samo Kutin – lyre, balafon, single string bass, ring drums, brač, gongoma, kalimba, ukulele, mizmar, sounds, voice

Trio Širom will present their second record, ” I Can Be a Clay Snapper”, which was declared the best Slovenian record in 2017. They are certainly a specialty and excellence not only in Slovenia but on a global scale. The musicians represent a vibrant sound world, the nuances of sound penetrate the ears, cut into the subconscious, heal with music. Music sounds like self-healing that heals the listener.

String instruments, strings, wind instruments, sound sources, and percussion in this way and the hands of Sam Kutin, Ana Kravanja, and Iztok Koren untie their Zen shackles and in group sonority enter the field of overlapping reminiscences that take us into a layered time and space. We are pulled into intertwining histories that combine the traditions of folk, folk music, melodies of Eastern and Eastern Europe, rhythmic traditions of Africa, perhaps even Indonesia, the eclecticism of modern neofolk and the sonic and harmonic imagination of contemporary jazz, the systematic minimalism and post-rock and the sound innovation of contemporary experimental music. They all sound and pulsate at the same time. With Širom, these become “imaginary traditions”, not limited and open-sounding, and thus mysteriously elusive.

Music Širom is a space where contemporary music sounds like folk music, and folk music like contemporary music is a unique sound space in which modern is archaic and archaic modern.