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Rock: Acoustic Moods: Type: Lyrical Folk: Folk-Rock

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Katarina Juvancic & Dejan Lapanja

Katarina Juvančič (singer-songwriter, music writer, music anthropologist) and Dejan Lapanja (jazz guitarist, producer, drummer) – singer-songwriting duo, made their first appearance on the Slovenian music scene at the end of 2009, when they presented their folk rock song Uej, uej (Magdalenca) on the Slovene National Radio’s newcomers contest. As one of the contest’s best bands, they also performed at the closing event in Kino Šiška, one of Ljubljana’s biggest and most prominent concert venues. In June 2010 and August 2012 they have also been awarded at the Slovenian songwriting competition called Kantfest. This success was followed by a tour around Slovenian music festivals. Last year they have also performed in Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and Graz (Austria).

Their music is often described as alt-folk as Katarina’s lyricism portrays a rich expressive world of female sentiments, bridging modern trends and more archaic folk influences and sensibilities. Her counterpart, Dejan Lapanja, a versatile musician and producer, who has learned the ropes in acclaimed Slovenian bands, Olivija and Bast, completes the duo. Aside composing and performing his own music, he also currently plays with the globetrotting world-jazz attraction Vasko Atanasovski Trio, avant-garde music collective Salamandra Salamandra and with the renown Slovenian singer Severa Gjurin. He has also appeared as a guitar soloist in Laibach’s project with RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra called Volkswagner (2009).

Following the release of their debut album SELIVKE (Migrant Birds - see Album Notes) the duo embarked on a Scottish tour in August 2012. In mid-September they were performing at the Playing for Integration/Acoustic Music Festival in Tallaght (South Dublin, Ireland) and in various venues in that area. They are currently on a promotional tour around Slovenian concert halls and venues.