Slovenian accordionist Bratko Bibič (born 1957) has had an irregular career, his name periodically popping in and out of public view. He was first known to Rock in Opposition enthusiasts for blending Slavic folk elements with avant-gardist rock in the groups Begnagrad and Nimal in the '70s and '80s. He later came to wider attention as one-fifth of the international avant-world fusion group Accordion Tribe. He released his first solo album in 1995. His idiosyncratic playing expresses exuberance and sorrow, impressions enhanced by his use of onomatopoeic singing. Bibič grew up in a family where the accordion was part of everyday life. He began to perform in public at the age of 16, and two years later he was leading Begnagrad. Attempting an ambitious fusion of East European folk, jazz, and circus music, this group followed a similar path ...
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