The establishment of the ensemble Brina – named after its lead singer Brina Vogelnik – was brought about by the members’ desire for a free, fresh and bold musical approach.
The group came together in 2003, after Brina Vogelnik had left her previous band Stringsi with which she had recorded the album Graščakinja and appeared at some of the more prominent festivals in Europe (Rudolstadt, Falun and Krems).
Brina’s six-member ensemble draw its musical motifs from traditional music, which is brought back to life and rearranged, while lately its repertoire has increasingly consisted of original pieces.
First two of Brina's albums - Mlado leto (DruGod, 2004) and Pasja legenda (DruGod, 2006) - have made a strong mark on the worldmusic map. For the impressive period of three months, Pasja legenda held itsplace among top 10 at the World Music Charts Europe. In November 2006, the album rose as high as the 3rd place. Mlado leto and Pasja legenda have received remarkable reviewsboth in Slovenian and international magazines, among others thefRoots, Songlines and World Music Magazine.Following Vlado Kreslin, Brina are only the second Slovene performer who appeared at Womex – World Music Expo – in Seville in 2006. They have also performed at Charlie Gilett’s show at BBC World Service. On his website, Charlie Gillett posted a review of the album Pasja legenda, declaring it album of the month (November), and even ranking it among six best albums of 2006, while nominating the song Poljanska balada song of the year. The very same song was also chosen as Hit of the Week at Val 202, (Radio Slovenia, Second Channel), the radio station with the largest audience in Slovenia.
After a gap of seven years in 2011 Brina returned with her third album, Slečena koža (Skin Stripped Off), which picks up where Pasja legenda, left off. The years passed and added fresh impetus to the band's sound, created in part by producer Chris Eckman, member of The Walkabouts and Dirt Music and producer of albums by Tamikrest and Lobi Traore. Slečena koža's ten songs included a number of self-penned tracks.
»…her serene and dreamlike vocals contrasted delightfully with her dramatically expressive and graceful movements. Pliant as a willow in a musical thunderstorm, she lived out not only her own lyrics and embellishments, but the improvised solos of the other band members as well, creating a seamless aural habitat in which we all became as caught up as she.«
Tova G. Kardonne, The Live Music (Brina at Small World Festival, Toronto)
»Brina have found their voice, and it's a voice that is tender, stormy, lamenting and rejoicing by turn«.
Kim Burton, Songlines
Brina Vogelnik - vocals
Jelena Ždrale - violin, vocals
Drago Ivanuša - accordion
Luka Ropret - guitar
Nino de Gleria - bass
Blaž Celarec - percussion
Julij Zornik - sound
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