Bajsa Arifovska was born on January 25, 1978 in Kochani, Republic of Macedonia. She started her primary education in Berovo and finished it in Makedonska Kamenica. She continues her studies at the State Music School in Shtip, enrolling at the Theoretical department with a second instrument violin; throughout her schooling there, she additionally studies more instruments outside the regular school program. In 2000, she graduated from the Faculty of Musical Arts in Skopje, at the Faculty of Music Theory and Pedagogy with Folk instruments department under Professor Dragan Dautovski; in fact, she has started her professional musical career with Professor and Doctor of Music Arts Dragan Dautovski, being member in his quartet and having numerous domestic and international performances and projects. Over the same period and up until 2013, Bajsa has been working at the State Music School "Ilija Nikolovski-Luj" as a professor of Folklore instruments (bagpipes, caval, tamboura), a position that leads her further to the National Ensemble of Folk Dances and Songs“Tanec”-
Skopje, working as a performer of folk instruments, and as a first order instrumentalist.
With her experience, in addition to being an instrumentalist, she also acts as an author and arranger of works intended for Tanec orchestra and choir. In Tanec, she has composed her first musical arrangement for the ensemble i.e. the choreography "Ronenka" played exclusively with folk instruments.
Furthermore, she has performed at numerous concerts and participated in a number of theater plays and documentaries with Dragan Dautovski Quartet. The quartet projects including Roots and Flowers(Koreni I Cutovi), Path of the Sun(Patot na Sonceto), Flame(Plamen) and Loom(Razboj), are the four carriers of sound where Bajsa performs by playing caval, bagpipe, tamboura, and clarinet.
Harmelogic Feat. Rufus Cappadocia
New York, U.S.A.
Rufus Cappadocia is a Canadian- American Cellist best known for his cross-cultural recordings and performances. He has released albums in collaboration with guitarist David Fiuczynski, singer Bethany Yarrow , Stellamara with Sonja Drakulich, multi-instrumentalist Ross Daly, The Paradox Trio with Matt Dairau. Vivid with Barney Mcall and legendary percussionist Badal Roy. He has also actively collaborated with many african musicians and many other traditional musicians around the world. Yacouba Moumouny - Mamar Kassey, Thedodosii Spassov, Bojan Zulfikarpasic akka Bojan Z, Darcy Hepner, Raheem DeVaughn, Sheila Anozeir, Humayun Khan, Vishal Vaid, and many others.
Cappadocia was born and raised in Hamilton Ontario .
He began playing cello at the age of 3. Cappadocia went on to study classically at Mcgill University in Montreal, where he spent much of his spare time studying sounds and music from lesser-known musical traditions in the university's ethnomusicology department. After school he traveled to the south of France and to Spain, where he played as a street musician. In his travels, be continued to pick up new sounds and ethnic styles, which he blended into his own. Partly to improve his ability to compete with other street musicians, Cappadocia decided to "add a bass register" to his cello. He left Europe, and is now based in New York for more than 25 years. His musical style blends "the similarities between seemingly diverse music forms such as blues, Sufi, Middle Eastern and even Gregorian chant. To him they are all compatible, microtonal modes of music."
Harmelogic Feat. Haig Yazdjian
Haig Yazdjian is one of the great figures in world music. His super-charged -traditional meets modern- band, unites the two sides of his remarkable musical personality - the virtuosic traditionalist and the restless innovator.
Born in Syria of Armenian parents Yazdjian emigrated to Greece in the early '80s and as a young man, the electric guitar was on his mind rather than the oud. In the resonance of the instrument though, he did discover, the undiscovered lands of his expressive pursuits. In just a few years he established himself as a leading soloist in Greece, a reputation that brought him next to the prominent composers and leading singers.
In 2005, the Canadian world music diva, Loreenna McKennitt, after auditioning numerous musicians from around the world, chose Haig Yazdjian to be one of the «voices» of her latest project. After extensive rehearsals and recording sessions in Real World studios, England, Haig's oud playing found its way to the songs of An Ancient Muse, McKennitt's solo album that hit the stores late 2005. A European mini-tour followed, as well as the filming for a soon-to-be-released live DVD of Two Nights at the Alhambra.