Based in Brooklyn, NY, Eva Salina is a leading interpreter of Eastern European musical traditions, performing and teaching internationally. She attended her first Balkan Music & Dance Workshop in 1992, has been mentored over the years by musicians from the Balkans and beyond, and began teaching at the workshops in 2003. In 2016 she released Lema Lema: Eva Salina Sings Šaban Bajramović, recorded in New York and Serbia, on Vogiton Records; and in 2018 followed it with Sudbina: A Portrait of Vida Pavlović. Lema Lema and Sudbina received acclaim from WNYC, NPR, fRoots, Songlines, Danas, Jutarnji List, Milenko Jergović, Transglobal World Music Chart, and CMJ’s New World & Jazz Radio Charts. A two-time OneBeat alumna and a 2015 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow, Eva is devoted to innovation within tradition, and collaborations which foster mutual understanding between cultures.
Eva currently tours with Peter Stan, a Serbian/Romanian Romani accordionist. Recent performance highlights include globalFEST, Brooklyn Folk Festival, re:orient Roma Festival (Stockholm), Global Copenhagen, Mikser Festival (Belgrade), Festival Accordeões do Mundo (Torres Vedras, Portugal), and World Music Festival Chicago.
In Brooklyn, Eva is musical director of The Jalopy Chorus, and coaches numerous professional and amateur vocal ensembles working in East European folk traditions. She is also currently working on an international collaborative project, “Jiyan: Songs of Displacement,” focusing on women’s roles in maintaining cultural identity and traditions. Jiyan is currently touring with Mosaic Interactive, a larger work exploring the liminal spaces of memories, dreams, and rituals.
Eva’s performing work centers around the beautiful variety of Romani musical traditions in the Balkans, and she is thrilled to share some of her favorite songs this year at Iroquois Springs. For Eva’s full performing and teaching resume, as well as tour dates and other media, please visit www.evasalina.com.