The music which plays in the trailer for SEE Film Fest is Zeljko Marasovich's "Mi Idemo Ljeljo" from Slavonske Kraljice, sung by the ZHENA FOLK CHORUS. Grand and moving, it sums up the unique beauty of the SEE Fest films. Zhena is based here in Los Angeles and their concert this past weekend for Earth Day was a feast for the heart, eyes and ears. Lovely voices, exotic harmonies, and beautiful women in a small venue in downtown San Pedro on a Sunday afternoon. A rare treat!
Eve Pericich, Artistic Director of Zhena, made a point of detailing the richness of each costume worn by the singers. She also gave wonderful background and history about each song. For those of us who did not understand the lyrics, it was still delightful, though, truly, you did not need to understand the lyrics to have this music touch your heart.
Remarkable is the fact that one of the singers is half Mexican and half Japanese. Her voice had rung out like a gorgeous bell, richly evocative of the South East European singers. If that truly is not crossing cultures, then I don't know what is!
Look for Zhena Folk Chorus’s next concert and you will be transported.
There is even a mini-documentary on Zhena...check it out!
-Sabra ChiliSouth East European Film Festival