Jovan Mihailović, Sam Hyson, and Lucia Thomas perform as a violin trio, playing traditional melodies from various regions of Serbia and neighboring countries. Jovan – a multitalented artist born in 1934 in Belgrade, Serbia – has been teaching Sam and Lucia the art of traditional Serbian violin.
Supported in part by the Illinois Arts Coucil Agency (IACA) and the National Foundation for the Arts through the IACA’s Ethnic Folk Arts Master/Apprentice Program
In addition to our violin duo, please check out the two other projects we’re organizing: The Chicago Folklore Ensemble and the Jovan Mihailović Folk Orchestra. We are excited to share the news that both of these projects now receive institutional support! The Chicago Folklore Ensemble is supported in part by city of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), and our studies in Serbian violin with Jovan Mihailović are supported in part by the Illinois Arts Council Agency and the National Endowment for the Arts. We are organizing concerts for both of these projects. Stay tuned this summer for updates!
In February, we took a trip to Denver, Colorado, where we performed a house concert of songs from around the world. Thanks to all who attended and helped with the event! See additional videos here.
While in Denver, we also had the opportunity to collaborate briefly with El Yesfi Samir (AKA Tito Malaga), a brilliant oud and guitar player from Morocco. We played some of his original compositions with him and Meg York, a wonderful clarinet and flute player:
We also did some playing on the street. Here is us playing some Arabic music – a portion of Alf Layla Wa Layla by Oum Kalthoum – until we were unfortunately interrupted by a cop. Someone from a Denver community arts organization called Free Music for Free People happened to be filming: