Today’s featured event:
Radoslav Lorkovic, fondly known to fans as “The Croatian Sensation,” is returning to Winter Wind as the featured artist tonight. Doors at the Norman Depot, 200 South Jones, will open at 6:15 for the 7 p.m. concert. Tickets are $15.
Drawing from a multitude of influences ranging from elegant classical and jazz styles to the rawest, most basic blues, country and soul, Lorkovic has taken on an unusually broad musical spectrum and refined it into his distinctive piano and accordion style. His tenure on the R&B and folk circuits has culminated in six critically acclaimed solo recordings and numerous appearances on the recordings of and performances with artists including Odetta, Jimmy LaFave, Ribbon of Highway Woody Guthrie Tribute, Greg Brown, Richard Shindell, Ellis Paul, Dave Moore, Andy White and Bo Ramsey.
Lorkovic was born in Zagreb, Croatia, in 1958. Under the influence of his paternal grandmother, a classical pianist of international renown, classical music was played in his home constantly during his early years. At the same time, his maternal grandmother sang him Croatian, Slovenian and Czech folk songs from birth. At age 1 he was singing on pitch. By age 3, he was putting on shows for his grandfather and friends, who encouraged him with showers of coins and praise.
After being steeped in this central European blend of musical influences, Lorkovic moved to the U. S. at age 6. By 14 he had a foothold on a classical music career when he was sidetracked by a blues scale a friend had taught him. He spent several years and countless hours following this call to the blues and at age 20 began touring with Grammy-nominated producer and guitarist Bo Ramsey and the Sliders.
He had by this time also mastered the styles of boogie-woogie greats such as Albert Amons, Pete Johnson and Freddie Slack, while the music of Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters and Little Walker pulled Lorkovic even more deeply into the core of the blues. He was also looking south to the polyrhythmic sounds of Professor Longhair and James Booker and had picked up Tex-Mex and Zydeco accordion along the way.
Lorkovic currently tours the world, regularly appearing at prestigious events such as the Woody Guthrie Festival, Womad, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Mountain Stage and Prairie Home Companion, Carnegie Hall, and now back to Norman and Winter Wind.
Tickets are available through www.TicketStorm.com and at the Depot. Go to www.pasnorman.com for additional information.
Winter Wind Concerts are made possible, in part, by grants from the Norman Arts Council and the Oklahoma Arts Council and by sponsors Tom McAuliffe of Don Cies Real Estate; Cindy Merrick of Therapy in Motion, and Nancy McClellan. Additional support comes from contributors Glen Brown; Skye Diers, Gingerbread Nursery School; Hugh and Keri Young; Dale Wares, Wares Properties; and Danna Primm. Friends include Marie Soliel, Tom & Mary Cay Woodfin; and The Grider Family. In-kind support comes from Cafe Plaid and The Montford Inn.
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