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Sandy Lopicic Orkestar

 B i o g r a p h y

The Sandy Lopicic Orkestar consists of 15 musicians from different Middle and South-East European countries. It incorporates Deishovida, and thus Lothar Lässer on chromatic button accordion. They play Bulgarian, Gypsy/Roma, Macedonian, Serbian, Albanian, Bosnian and Montenegrin songs.

How can you describe music? What words would you have to link together to achieve what music achieves? You may believe that the genius of a writer is capable of evoking similar emotions, perhaps even of a similar intensity. And words too, like sounds, can be companions on the journey: The journey to where? To the depths of the soul? To the centre of the cosmos? But at some point or other, words fall by the wayside. The terrain becomes too slippery for their spindly letter-legs, and only music remains to accompany us along the way. All music, including that by the Sandy Lopicic Orkestar, can be divided into three categories: music itself (B), and what comes before and after it (A and C). Whereas generally speaking, there is an increasing demand for C – due to deaths caused by music in department stores and the acoustic poisoning perpetrated by the practically allpervasive background music – the opposite seems to be the case among fans of the Sandy Lopicic Orkestar: C atrophies, or becomes A. The end of a piece of music leads on directly to a state of joyful expectation. In this case, one speaks of a phenomenon of the A-B-A-B-A-B type, meaning very long macromolecular musical chains, which often come to an end in C, very late in the night. Why is this so? How do these artists manage to make music feel so forcefully present? For example: a waltz. What would they do with a waltz, from the viewpoint of physics? It is well known that the waltz has always been categorised as so-called low energy music, because it is only three-quarters music, with one quarter missing per beat. Scholars think that the Sandy Lopicic Orkestar would simply reverse this, Inversion of the Beat Quanta, which from the viewpoint of energy results in a 4/3 beat waltz, i.e.: - the music pressure rises, - the effectiveness of the waltz breaks with the laws of nature (waltz efficiency = 133%) - so-called “super-hard music” is formed (i.e., music that is very very hard to play) - applause reaches a critical mass, when everything and everyone in the place is aglow and revolving, and the sad and the happy meld (major-minor plasma). There is a lot more music in this than there is room for, and so science is confronted with a puzzle. A quick look at the musical scores reveals nothing extraordinary: the usual iconography, partially indecipherable where the black ink signifies tempo, otherwise those typical composers’ cave drawings so mysterious to the lay-person.

The magic in the music played by the Sandy Lopicic Orkestar, therefore, can only lie in the members of the ensemble. And indeed, each one of them has something magically special. Inside Natasa MirkovicDeRo, for example, is her counterpart, a knowledgeably wise witch. Vesna Petkovic comes from the future. Asked what she was in her former life, she claimed that from life to life she has travelled the past more and more. And in the ocean inside Irina Karamarkovic floats a city in which she sails her whole inner world. Were you to compare music with soup, you could call the three female vocalists the ensemble’s herbs or spice; nutmeg, paprika, pepper. Soup is often underestimated. By its very nature, soup is a magic potion, both negative and positive, black and white: the witches’ brew in Macbeth, for example, or medicine which when taken hot works wonders with colds. The soup is the very essence of all its ingredients: the herbs and spices, the plants and the vegetables, the water, the minerals, and (if desired) the meat. It is due to its ingredients that soup can be described as a magical metaphor for the world. So can music. By analogy, music would be, as it were, a soup of a higher order. And the members of the band Deishovida – Kurt Bauer, Matthias Loibner and Lothar Lässer – who have joined the Sandy Lopicic Orkestar on this occasion, could be onions, parsley, or carrots of a higher order.

The Members are:

vesna petkovic (serbia)
natasha mirkovic-dero (bosnia)
irina karamarkovic (kosovo)

sandy lopicic (bosnia) - keyboard
matthias loibner (austria) - hurdy-gurdy
kurt bauer (austria) - violin
richard winkler (austria) - alto saxophone, clarinet
janez vouk (slovenija) - trumpet
bojan petrovic (serbia) - trumpet

imre bozoki (serbia) - trumpet
michael bergbaur (austria) - trombone, tuba
sasenko prolic (bosnia) - bass
jörg mikula (austria) - drums

stefan bauer (austria) - sound

 A l b u m s

Border Confusion (WorldNetwork Records, 2001)