Nevena & Stefan (ex-Yugo music)
Nevena & Stefan are a cousin duo doing what most Melbourne duos
aren’t: tunes from a country that no longer exists. (Cue the Twilight Zone theme.) N&S perform stripped-back renditions of songs that can best be described as a hotchpotch of pop, roots, jazzy blues, soul and alternative rock from Yugoslavia. Common themes are threaded throughout such as love, longing, melancholy, and joy – naturally, one needn’t understand the language to feel and grasp the music. The broken-down interpretations lend an air of stark vulnerability and depth to the duo’s repertoire while still maintaining a fullness of sound.
Nevena has spent most of her life performing, from being a soloist in her native Karlovac children’s town choir, to routinely singing with a jazz quartet in Preston’s Stolberg Beer Cafe circa 2006, and being a soprano soloist in the “Kornelije Stanković” chorale for over ten years.
Stefan is a fine young guitarist with immense talent, experience and musical instinct.
Coming off their last seven successful shows around Melbourne (two of which were sold out), this concert will visit beloved songs from Yugoslavia that Nevena grew up with – this beautiful, joyous, bittersweet and often-haunting music shaped her childhood in Karlovac and, post immigration, her adolescence in Melbourne.