Balkan Fusion: Goran Ivanovic Group Goes on North American Tour

Goran Ivanovic Group
Goran Ivanovic Group – Photo by Saverio Truglia
Chicago (Illinois), USA – The Goran Ivanovic Group will embark on their first major tour this month. Combining Eastern European folk tunes with jazz-influenced compositions, the Group’s Balkan fusion has successfully been packing venues throughout the country since the release of their self-titled debut album in 2005.

Goran Ivanovic, a guitar virtuoso noted for his lightning-fingered finesse and his complex interpretations of even the simplest melodies, has teamed up with Doug Rosenberg on saxophone, Matthew Ulery on bass, and Michael Caskey on drums. Together, they take a fluid, cohesive approach to their compositions and consistently create beautiful music without borders.

The Goran Ivanovic Group’s record features a dramatic opener, “Gates To The Unknown,” followed by twelve stunning tracks. As a result of their well-produced album,
Seven Boats, Music for Two Guitar ,
they have collaborated with musical greats Wynton Marsalis, Danilo Pérez, Bob Moses, Michael Franti, and Fareed Haque.

The quartet regularly performs at prestigious venues such as the Chicago Symphony Center, The Green Mill, and has conquered mainstream rock venues such as Metro and The Double Door. The band’s “Blacksmith’s Dance” was selected out of thousands of submissions to be one of three finalists in this year’s John Lennon Songwriting Competition.

Their upcoming tour dates are as follows:

3/23 – Club Khameleon, Kent, OH
3/24 – Wilbert’s, Cleveland, OH
3/26 – Club Metronome, Burlington, VT
3/25 – Gideon’s, North Adams, MA
3/27 – Makor, NYC
3/28 – Puppet House Theater, CT
3/29 – Johnny D’s, Boston, MA
3/30 – Lost Dog Café, Binghamton, NY
3/31 – Lost Dog Café, Ithaca, NY
4/1 – Carnegie Mellon U, Pittsburgh, PA
4/5 – The Buzz Bar, Detroit, MI
4/6 – Firefly Club, Ann Arbor, MI
4/7 – Toledo Folk Festival, Toledo, OH
4/8 – Serbian Culture Club, Chicago ,IL
4/27 – The Mill, Iowa City, IA
4/28 – The Dukum Inn, Kirksville, MO
4/29 – Pop’s Blue Moon, St. Louis, MO
4/30 – The Iron Post, Urbana, IL.