The Slovenian trio amplify underground emanations from their creative peers to reveal the remarkable sounds brewing in their home country.
Musical activists Iztok Koren, Ana Kravanja and Samo Kutin have orbited each other for over a decade in Slovenia’s avant-garde music community. In 2014 their circle tightened with the founding of Širom. Originally intended as an instrumental drone project, their focus quickly expanded to reflect the vast expanse of their musical interests. Using banjo, balafon, ribab, cünbüs, mizmar, chimes, gongoma, lyre, frame drums, voice and many other sonic tools, they sketch inner and outer landscapes through remarkable sound constructions. Širom’s is a wholly Slovenian music while simultaneously echoing a spirit of universalism. They channel the energy of their specific space into otherworldly folk fantasies. On this episode of Open End, Širom’s Iztok Koren beams in from Ljubljana to guide us through a selection of enlightening Slovenian sounds. Frosty opens and closes the show by flinging open portals to Belgium, Turkey, Argentina, Japan, Réunion Island, Uganda, India and Portugal.