Tamburitza refers to the traditional string music of the Balkans. The music is performed on specialized stringed instruments that were developed in the 19th century and based on more primitive folk instruments that existed in the region for hundreds of years. The music was brought to the United States by Serbian and Croation immigrants in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and continues to thrive in areas with robust ethnic communities like Pittsburgh, Detroit and Chicago.
In this segment, you’ll hear from Richard March, a scholar of tamburitza music who served as the state folklorist of Wisconsin for 26 years. He spent much of his career documenting the music and collecting oral histories from musicians and instrument makers, and even published a book on Tamburitza.
In the second part of the segment, you’ll hear from Nick Vranasevic - a member of the ensemble Tamburaski Sastav Ponoc. They’ll be playing at the Richmond Folk Festival next weekend. You’ll be able to hear their performance live from the Altria stage Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. on WCVE Music.
For more information and a complete schedule of performances, visit the Richmond Folk Festival website.