Šukar is a Slovene tamburitza band that plays mainly Roma music, especially the one originated from eastern and south-eastern Europe.
The group was formed in 1990, with 5 members, who often invite different musicians from Slovenia and abroad to join them on the stages.
Šukar is the first Slovene band to inform the local public with the melodies of Roma music, while simultaneously spreading its performances abroad, when performing in Japan in 2001 and multiple times in France, Czech Rep. and other neighbour countries.
Needless to say, it’s a pleasure for Šukar to play Roma music, it’s a passion and a way to express the deepest feelings through melodies that touch everyone who experiences the band’s greatest talent.
Igor Misdaris - - Was born in 1964 in Kranj, Slovenia, in a mixed Croatian - Slovenian family. In his childhood and younger years, he lived in Belgrade, Serbia, where he graduated from elementary school and two high school years.
Given that his father is a musician, much of his childhood is associated with music. At the age of 12, he started playing guitar at the prof. Nadi Kondic from Belgrade. Later, at the age of fifteen, he began to study double bass, and when moving to Ljubljana, he enrolled in the secondary music school, a double bass school.
Since young, he showed love for ethnic music, so he started playing in folklore ensemble in 1981. He was devoted to study the music of the Balkans and Central Europe and other nations there.
His special love is Roma music. In 1983, together with some friends, he made the first professional step towards performing Romani music, performing some concerts dedicated to Roma music and poetry.
Since 1985, he has been leading the Emona Folk Orchestra of the folk group Emona, where he has been performing at numerous concerts and festivals in various parts of Slovenia and the world (Austria, England, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden, Egypt, Poland, Korea, France, etc.).
In 1990, he founded the Šukar Group and since then, he has been the leader of the group.
Nenad Ljubotina - was born in 1970 in Belgrade, Serbia where he spent his early childhood. His musical life began with the relocation of his family to Slovenia. He was delighted to play the violin by enrolling in a music school in Nova Gorica.
In 1986, he successfully completed music education. In 1987, he moved to Belgrade, Serbia, where he began playing in a folklore group as an admirer of ethnic tradition. There he studied and played mostly folk music of the Balkans. Two years later he returned to Slovenia and as a student of the Ljubljana University met the group Šukar. The band invited him to participate in the folklore group where he started to play pearls and continued playing violin.
In 1991 he joined the Šukar group and since then, he has been his most loyal member. He is the only one who plays three different musical instruments: bisernica, brac, violin.
Matevž Lavrinc was born in 1980 in Celje. Since his family was heavily attached to music, his classical guitar enrollment at music school, was almost self-explanatory.
He studied archeology in Ljubljana. During his studies, he began to actively deal with music. In 2004, he met for the first time the Tamburitza music, which completely fascinated him. At that time, he started playing the first brac in the folk group Tine Rožanc, where he stayed for one year.
In 2005, he joined the All Saints group, where he played the tamburitza. Two years later, he joined Šukar, where his affection for ethno music is only deepening. He completed his studies in archeology in 2007 and is now a permanent member of the Šukar group, where he plays the first brač.
Peter Lozar was born in 1973. His family originates from Bela krajina, where tamburitza music is deeply entrenched as a symbol of cultural and historical heritage. Such music also has a special place in the Slovenian culture. His origins, however, led to the decision to play the tamburitza forehead of Emona’s folklore group.
Peter closely met with Slovene folk music by being part of Emona, being able to perform on world stages (Europe, Egypt, USA).
While playing in Emona’s folk group, he also founded the tamburitza group Vibra with his friend, which played ethno music from Slovenia and other Balkan countries.
In 2000, he was pleased to join the Šukar group, initially as a double bass player. Later, he replaced the double bass and returned to his favorite instrument, the Tamburitian forehead.
Žiga is an all-round percussionist and drummer. His musical knowledge spans from latin-american, arabic and european folk music like flamenco and balkan music to more modern musical styles like pop, funk and rock. In 2011 he finished his World percussion studies at Codarts, Hoogeschool voor de kunsten (NL), where he learned from renowned teachers from all over the world and performed throughout Europe. He is currently working with projects like Šukar, Symbolic Orchestra, Sherzer Brigade, Etno Disko, Bossa Banda, Duo Braseiro and many others with which he recorded over 20 albums. At this time he is also teaching younger generations and helping them to discover their internal rhythm.
Štefan Švagelj was born in 1980. When he was 12, he started playing tenor tube. He later changed the tenor tubo to the trombone, which he learned to play at the musical school in Sežana. In a few years, he started playing double bass, taught by Leander Pegan and the trombone by Ivo Bašič.
From his very first musical steps, he was a member of the Karst Brass Band from Sežana.
When the Wind Orchestra in Komen was founded, he also joined this band. His second contrabass teacher, Inna V. Lavrova, impressed him with studying contrabass at the Ljubljana Academy of Music, where he graduated in 2006.
He is a member of the Šukar group since 2002.
Medvedova 28, 1000, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Tel: +386 41 638 640 / +386 41 794 992