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Selivke / Migratory Birds

by Katarina Juvančič & Dejan Lapanja

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Selivke (Migratory Birds in English) is a collection of songs about the female gender in all its strength and vulnerability. “Each song tells a tale about women set in different situations and circumstances, using diverse musical ideas. The music is essentially rooted in Slovenian folk forms but weaves all sorts of other music influences.” (Cooney) The audience and critics in Slovenia and abroad have praised the album.

CD SELIVKE (MIGRATORY BIRDS – translation of the CD booklet & stories behind songs)

“Migratory birds travel through a particular area, but do not nest or spend winter there”. They travel in a flock, but each on its own. They fly towards the same destination – towards life and sometimes towards death. The road towards one or the other is equally long.

Migratory birds are women from “here and now” and from “there and then”. From the times that might be long gone but we still carry them within ourselves. Their stories are a part of a withheld, repressed or forgotten history and present that has been denied and swept under the carpet, painful but also redeeming. Without them we would not be here. Without them you and I would not be here. Without them these songs would not be here.

Migratory Birds CD is my tribute to female power, courage, wisdom and spirit.

And to men who love them because of this.


released July 1, 2012


KATARINA JUVANČIČ – author of all the lyrics, melodies, coauthor of arrangements, producer, vocals, back vocals, shruti box (5,7), concertina (4), kalimba (5).

DEJAN LAPANJA – arrangements, producer, guitars, back vocals, recording-mixing-mastering.

Guests are renowned Slovenian musicians that hail from diverse music genres & backgrounds: from classical (Jože Bogolin – marimba & vibraphone, Sabina Magajne – French horn, Tilen Artač – cello, Matija Krečič – violin ) to jazz (Tonč Feinig – Hammond & Wurlitzer, Klemen Krajc – double bass & bass, Gašper Peršl – drums), rock (Vesna Zornik – vocals), folk (Bogdana Herman – vocals), experimental (Irena Tomažin – vocals) and choir/a capella singing tradition (Ženski pevski zbor Kombinat).

Illustrations are the work of a talented young illustrator Tinka Volarič. Each story and each female character is accompanied by her hand painted portrait and hand written lyrics.


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Katarina Juvančič and Dejan Lapanja first appeared on the Slovenian music scene in 2009, with their folk rock song Uej uej (Magdalenca), featured in Slovenian National Radio’s newcomers contest. Their music is often described as alt-folk, bridging modern trends and ancient folk influences and sensibilities. ... more

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