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  • Austrian Cultural Forum New York 11 East 52nd Street New York, NY, 10022 United States (map)

Slavko Ninić originates from Croatia (presentation, guitar, vocals)
Hidan Mamudov from Macedonia clarinet (vocals)
Maria Petrova from Bulgaria (drums, darabouka)
Mitke Sarlandžiev from Macedonia (accordion)
Jovan Torbica from Serbia (double-bass)


The Wiener Tschuschenkapelle*) is a band of talented musicians based in Vienna but hailing from all over the Balkans though reflecting its rich musical traditions with some jazzy interpretations and “Wiener Schmäh” (“Viennese charme”). They have been performing for 25 years and touring not only across Europe, but overseas as well. In January they are heading to New York for the first time.

Vienna has always been a melting pot for people from Southeast Europe. They came as ‘guest- workers’, refugees or migrants making Vienna their second home which, consequently, has resulted in an enormous economic and cultural enrichment of the city. Part of it is the very creative but also ambivalent, relationship between the diaspora and the various countries the people originate from. The same applies for New York as the legendary gateway to the New World. For both cities, immigration became the norm a long time ago.

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*) “The word ´tschusch´ is a kind of derogatory term coined by Austrian puritans to label ethnic minority immigrants. The name Wiener Tschuschenkapelle, ie. ´tschusch´s singing in Vienna, is a politically charged irony. The music itself is a celebration of borderlessness and cultural integration.” (Guy Dowsett ©2004 The Provokator Magazine)