February 25th, 2020 6pm Stage 1
Katja Šulc is a Slovenian vocalist moving between poetry and music. After pursuing her studies at the New School in New York she released her debut album MILA (Sanje, 2008), paying homage to the poetry of beloved Slovenian poetess Mila Kačič, in a blend of contemporary chanson and melodic jazz. Her second album TWISTED DELIGHT (Celinka, 2013) featured Katja's original lyrics written at poetry workshops in New York, enveloped in hypnotic sou,l dub , r’n’b and reggae roots. Accompanied by unique music videos the album made a buzz and led to the nomination for MTV European Music Awards.
Katja's third album KAMLISAJLAN (Casete México, 2016) is paying homage to contemporary Rromani poetry from Balkans and Eastern Europe. The poems, performed in Rromani, were set to music in Mexico, composed by playing with loop stations, using simple, almost folk like melodies and repetitive world music rhythm patterns. Hypnotic and entrancing, the album reached great reviews and embarked on its successful journey. The electronic version of the album, KAMLISAJLAN REMIXED (Casete México, 2017), was made in collaboration with several producers from Slovenia, Mexico and Argentina.
Katja Šulc has been presenting her music regionally and further, in Italy, France, Austria, Czech Republic, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Morocco, Mexico, Guatemala, United States, Nepal, China. Her latest project is a solo act, inspired by Mexican and Latin American poetry and music heritage, delivered through live looping of voice and ukulele.
'One of the least calculating and at the same time one of the best Slovenian albums of the year.' - DELO
'Wonderful music from Slovenia - I suggest you lose yourself in melancholy.' - BBC RADIO 3
'A wonderful and convincing embodiment of original and traditional Rromani poetry. The magic lies in the whispering, the tender chirping and murmuring that revive the traditional Rromani poetry in a more contemporary and amiable shape. At moments it seems that the colour of Rromani language is so close to the singer that it could even be her mother tongue.' - RADIO STUDENT