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MADISON FOLK SOCIETY PRESENTS RADOSLAV LORKOVIĆ

Fri January 3, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

$15

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MADISON FOLK SOCIETY PRESENTS RADOSLAV LORKOVIĆ

Fri January 3, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

$15

The amazing Radoslav Lorković is a classically trained, Croatian born musician who fell in love with folk and blues music while growing up in London, Minnesota, and Iowa. He has become known around the world for his incredible work as a performer in these genres, with spectacular accompaniment on piano and accordion.

He is a brilliant solo artist, but if you have ever watched Radoslav Lorkovicć accompany someone you have seen a master listener at work. The absolutely perfect relationship between voice and instrument is a pleasure to see and hear, and this ideal balance is abundantly evident when he accompanies his own singing as well. When he plays cajun or tejuano (“Tex-Mex”) accordion on his own songs, he completely pauses the instrument during vocal passages to allow the lyrics to shine on their own

When he plays piano accompaniment to his own singing or the singing of others, or indeed to the instrumental stylings of other players, this subtle and tactful interplay of sound is thrilling. It is little wonder that he has an amazing list of folks with whom he has either recorded or accompanied on stage or both.

For example, he spent time as a treasured sideman to the late great Odetta, of whom he says this:

“Odetta stands alone. She is by far the best musician I have ever played with. She taught me so much about music, not so much in words, but in gestures, directions, stares, even smiles, and all with her sense of grace.”

This is a quote that could only be made by a musician gifted with great powers of observation and absorption. It is little wonder that not only has he recorded five solo albums and three live albums, but that he has performed and recorded with an amazing lineup of fine musicians including Odetta, Greg Brown, Bo Ramsey, Bill Isles, Dave Moore, Ellis Paul, Freebo, Levon Helm, Pat Donohue, Richard Shindell, Susan Werner, and many, many more.

And Radoslav (“Rad,” to his friends) Lorković has led a life of phenomenal exposure to music of diverse genres. Born in Zagreb, Croatia, in 1958, to a musically gifted family, one grandmother singing to him Croatian, Slovenian, and Czech folk songs while the other grandmother influencing him by being the premier classical pianist of Yugoslavia. He was headed toward a classical music career himself but at age 14 was introduced to blues and rock. Regarding his musical progression since then, he was asked about his decade of annual participations as a soloist and as an accompanist in the Woody Guthrie Festival in Okemah, Oklahoma.

“I started out loving rock ‘n’ roll, and then I discovered the Grateful Dead. And then I discovered the blues and then I discovered Bob Dylan. You just keep working your way backwards and then you discover the guys that influenced Bob Dylan: Woody Guthrie. And then here we are!”

Being a keyboard wizard in love with all forms of folk music, it’s not surprising that eventually he picked up an accordion.

“So I came from this world as a proper pianist and I landed on the accordion … and it became the perfect instrument for me because there was so much expression there. The piano’s amazing, too, but the accordion, I think it’s one of the most versatile instruments out there.”

In addition to his beloved instrumental and vocal talents, Radoslav is a gifted songwriter, with uncomplicated and straightforward often autobiographical lyrics featuring solid imagery:

From album: CLEAR AND COLD

Song: RIDIN’ ON THE NIGHT TRAIN

Hitched a ride to Chicago

got on board a big airplane

put my things upon the counter

left my baby in the rain

by the time I crossed the ocean
wasn’t sure just why I came
these towns they look a little different
I still feel about the same
Lorcović’s thirty years of touring have taken him to festvals and venues all over the world, from Canada’s Winnipeg, Ottowa, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver Island fests to such famous US venues as Mountain Stage and A Prairie Home Companion. He has played from Italian castles and the Yup’ik villages of Alaska to the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall.

Details

Date:
Fri January 3, 2020
Time:
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Cost:
$15
Event Categories:
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Venue

North Street Cabaret
United States + Google Map

Organizer

Al Rasho
Phone:
312-510-2334
Email:
ab@abrasho.com

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When submitting music events to the WORT calendar, you must choose at least one music genre for a music event to be published.

Details

Date:
Fri January 3, 2020
Time:
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Cost:
$15
Event Categories:
,

Venue

North Street Cabaret
United States + Google Map

Organizer

Al Rasho
Phone:
312-510-2334
Email:
ab@abrasho.com

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When submitting music events to the WORT calendar, you must choose at least one music genre for a music event to be published.

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