ORLEK

ORLEK

 Zagorje ob Savi, Zagorje ob Savi, SVN
BandFolkWorld

Orlek specialties are texts with social and humorous contents, rich in many expressions typical of the hard work and life of a miner. The group is very communicative and establishes contact quickly, and fills people from different cultural environments with enthusiasm.

Biography

The ORLEK group
www.orlek.com

The Orlek group is based in Zagorje ob Savi, in the heart of the mining area in the center of Slovenia. The name Orlek comes from the name of the hill at the very edge of Zagorje. Their music is a mixture of rock’n’roll, a kind of “folk punk polka rock”. A variegated instrumental ensemble which, besides traditional rock instruments, also uses a brass section and an accordion, which places them into the ethnic folk music category. Their specialties are texts with social and humorous contents, rich in many expressions typical of the hard work and life of a miner. The group is very communicative and establishes contact quickly, and fills people from different cultural environments with enthusiasm.
That has been proved by successful performances at festivals – WOM festivals: Tanz & Folk Fest in Rudolstadt (Germany), Folk Fiesta (Poland), Druga godba (Slovenia) and other festivals around the world, including Musikfest in Bethlehem (Pennsylvania, USA), Performing Arts Festival Lahore (Pakistan), Folkherbst festival in Plauen (Germany), Fringe festivals in Australia and New Zealand (Sydney, Adelaide, Wellington), Chaoyang Spring Carnival in Beijing (China), Star Live club (Beijing) as well as many other concerts on festivals in Hungary, Austria, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Macedonia and also in Slovenia. Their club concerts are also well-known, as for example their performance in the legendary CBGB club in New York in 2002. On their second tour in the United States in 2006 they gave an extra concert in Philadelphia.
On account of its authentic sound and texts the group has attracted the attention of both music experts/critics as well as the broad public. Their album “Adijo knapi” (Goodbye Miners) has won several awards, e.g. including the Golden Bird prize (from) the Liberal Academy of Slovenia), the reward of the student radio in Maribor - Maršev gojzar (Marš‘s Mountaineering Boots) and the local community reward. The albums “Adijo knapi” and “Melodije smoga in premoga” (Tunes of Smog and Coal) were nominated for the “Slovene Grammy” award, the Golden Cock. The album Salamurca and the composition "Na Kum" (To Kum) have received the Golden Cock. Their album "TETovirani 3" includes the composition "PERKMANDELJC", for which Dušan Kastelic made an excellent video in 3D animation.
The album Orlek Express with the hit "Mala Zagorjanka" and two exceptional instrumental pieces "Orlek Express" and "Full House", was followed by a longer break with numerous performances in the homeland and abroad. At the beginning of 2009, the group marked its 20th anniversary with the latest album "Anduht", containing playful and calm songs with humorous lyrics. Among them you will find erotic and humorous mining piece "Drugaène luknje" (The Other Holes), a song speaking of unrequited love, "Dol po Savi" (Down the Sava), a chanson "Upokojenega policaja pesem" (Retired Cop's Song) and "Položnice" (Bills), a song dedicated to a popular Slovenian custom of paying the bills. On their new album they also placed a cover song, a bittersweet composition "Sreèen" (Happy) originally composed by the band "Bombe".
On this occasion their biography and a documentary film were released, both summarizing two decades of a diverse career.
ORLEK ARE:
Vlado Poredos (vocal, acoustic guitar)
Jure Tori (accordion, keyboards)
Bojan Bergant (guitar, acoustic guitar, banjo)
Matej Fele (guitar, acoustic guitar)
Mitja Tori (bass guitar, double bass, acoustic bass guitar)
Saso Marn (drums)
Kristijan Adamlje (saxophone)
Eco Matko (trombone)
Janez Tori (trumpet)

Discography

CDs:
Ajmuht (1994)
Adijo knapi (1995)
Bunkovc Party'ja (1996)
Salamurca (1998)
1. RUKER/The best of 1 1992-1997 (1999)
TETovirani 3 (2001)
Orlek express (2004)
2.RUKER/The best of 2 1998-2006 (2008)
Anduht (2009)

Many songs were singles an had good airplay specialy in Slovenia, some also abroad.

Set List

ORLEK koncertni program

1. PERKMANDELJC
2. ANDUHT
3. HENRIK IN ROZIKA
4. DOL PO SAVI
5. DRUGAÈNE LUKNJE
6. BISTAHAR BLUES
7. NA KUM
8. MESTO PRIHODNOSTI
9. UPOKOJENEGA POLICAJA PESEM
10. HOUDRE
11. TRI DOLINE
12. SREÈEN
13. OSMI DAN
14. TVOJ SIN
15. LOJZI GOBC
16. PUNCA S ŠOHTA
17. MALA ZAGORJANKA
18. PESEM ZA AÈKIJA
19. ADIJO KNAPI
20. PORNO POLKA
21. KO SO LIPE CVETELE
22. NA GOLICI

Set is about 1:45 hour long. We do 3-4 covers, mostly is self composed music.