Mary's Place Bar


Eastern Blok

Goran Ivanovic (Guitar) • Doug Rosenberg (Saxophone) • Matthew Ulery (Bass) • Michael Caskey (Drums)

The members of the group have a diverse and experienced background. Each musician brings a unique musical perspective to the band including jazz, classical, Balkan, Gypsy, and klezmer sensibilities. Formed in 2003, the group’s orthodox instrumentation has forged a sound which ignores borders that traditionally separate nations, cultures, and epochs. The group has created a musical idiom of its own imagining.

They have all performed on stages around the world and have collaborated with countless artists including Wynton Marsalis, Danilo Perez, Bob Moses, and Fareed Haque. In the Chicago area, members of the band regularly perform at prestigious venues such as the Chicago Symphony Center, The Metro, The Green Mill, Hothouse, Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago Cultural Center, Martyr’s, and The Double Door. The band has been relentlessly touring, with success on the East Coast and the MidWest. They have recently done opening shows for Me’Shell Ndegeocello, Terence Blanchard, Michael Franti, New Monsoon, Garaj Mahal, and Shooglenifty.

Goran Ivanovic is well known to guitar audiences throughout the US and Europe. As a soloist he has performed in major cities including San Francisco, Portland, Dallas, Cincinnati, Dayton, New York, Boston, and Detroit. In addition he has performed benefit concerts for various charity institutions. He has given numerous Master Classes around the country, and continues to broaden guitar repertoire by arranging and composing original material. Three records have been released under his name and he has collaborated on number of records as a special guest. His first album “Macedonian Blues” has sold over five thousand copies and has received great attention by renowned music critics. Ivanovic’s latest album with Fareed Haque, “Seven Boats”, recently won Album of the Year 2004 in Acoustic Guitar Magazine.

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