Research of music and dance of Roma in the Balkans

Seminar “Research of music and dance of Roma in the Balkans” was held on June 11th, 2024 at the Institute of Musicology SASA. The participants were: Katarina Tomašević, Marija Dumnić Vilotijević, Ivana Medić, Belma Oğul, Mehtap Demir Güven, Tamás Hajnáczky, Biljana Sikimić, Lozanka Peycheva, Ventsislav Dimov, Carol Silverman and Filippo Bonini Baraldi.

Starting from the past folkloristic and anthropological research of Romani communities in Serbia in order to better understand the local context, the seminar basically explained the general issues of the language, customs and social position of the Roma. After that, a discussion began on several broader aspects of Romani musical life: on musical and dance performance structure, on instrumentation, on informal methods of learning to play and dance, on interpretations of the emotionality of Roma performance, on genres and on entrepreneurship in the contexts of tavern and wedding performances, on festival presentation of Romani music. The seminar was financially supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Serbia and it is the part of the final activities of the bilateral scientific cooperation project “Exploring the Tracks of Balkan Culture: Serbian–Turkish Connections in Music and Dance from Ottoman Period until Today (TRackeRS)” (2022–2024), which is being implemented by the Institute of Musicology SASA and the Istanbul University State Conservatory, and it was financially supported by the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia and TUBITAK. Romani music and dance were in focus during the second year of the TRackeRS project.