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Briga, a.k.a. Brigitte Dajczer is a Montreal-based violinist who writes fascinatingly original, eclectic, biting Balkan-flavored songs. A protegee of Bulgarian violin legend Georgi Yanev, her album Contes: Turbo Folk Stories has a refreshingly raw, lo-fi spontenaneity, just like so much of the music being recorded on the fly in little studios across Macedonia and thereabouts… The whole thing is one of the most disarmingly original and interesting albums to come over the transom here lately.
There’s a nod to Yanev with his evacative Titanic, a dirty groove below skittish violin… and Briga examines the contradictions in this music – of having to endure love and hate together, of having to drink and dance. The resulting abandon is palpable … in what is really an accomplished journey through the music of the Balkans.