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A foreword to Marko banda’s new CD by prof. Tomaž Rauch, band’s allmost full time occasional violist:

Initially Marko Banda was formed to meet the requirements of the Beltinci folk dance and musical group, which celebrates its 70th anniversary this year (2008). In time it became a highly recognisable and above all independent folk music band, which for the past 18 years has contributed to the identity of the musical world of Prekmurje. With time and as occasions demanded, the members of the ensemble changed, but the core members remain the same to this day. Acoustically Marko Banda models itself upon a local band, which accompanied a folk dance and musical groups from Beltinci. It is best known as Kociper-Baranja Banda or Beltinška Banda, as the cymbals musician Miško Baranja was also their first mentor. Therefore the music of the ensemble is based on the music that was played until and at the beginning of the 20th century by the restaurant ensembles of that day in Prekmurje where Hungarian rule still existed until 1919. It is from under this rule that also cymbals were introduced, the sound of which makes the ensemble quite well known…

This cooperation with folk dance and musical groups of Beltinci also resulted in a number of acquaintances, which the band members have made through the years. The purpose of this album was different from that of the first one (which was named No.1). Its purpose was to create an impression and memory of these friendships and acquaintances, aswell as show how the repertoire of the ensemble has become wider in time through influences of other musical genres such as fellow musicians like Czech ensemble Jaro, who they have occasionally cooperated with over the last 16 years.. On this album are also songs, which they recorded in cooperation with singers they met through the years…

The project was in the production for quite some time, as external factors delayed the recording. That is where the idea for the title “Vöra bije” (The Clock is ticking) also comes from – the album shows the time in which the image of the ensemble, their music, influences and also the members changed. It was recorded in free moments of busy everyday life, which meant that it had to be recorded on “svejtek” (during the holidays), songs with ensemble Jaro, Bogdana and Vlado were i.e. recorded at “vüzem” (Easter) …

Now the album is complete and in your hands in hope it shows an overall picture of a part of Marko Banda’s work. With it the ensemble shows a wider repertoire of its musical genres in the sense of traditional string music, which had no trouble finding something new, adding much to the audience’s liking and at the same time making sure to preserve what time changes without difficulty – folklore.

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