Eastern Daze # 37 Umbra – Yeah
21 June 2021
A special, sultry soundscapey and droney voyage by Belgrade-based musician Marija Balubdžić who performs mainly under the alias Umbra. Through sound intervention and poetic experiment atop a multi-channel looper, she confronts voice and synthesizers, drifting between noise and melodic idioms.
As a member of Efemerne Konfesije, a drag collective in Belgrade, she is developing the character of the virtuoso pianist Fritz Klein. As the author of the monthly radio show Zvuk Ispod on Radio Belgrade 3, Balubdžić presents fellow experimental electronic music artists that she has encountered through her tours. For the Zvuk Ispod show, she draws inspiration from the fancy of yet another of her characters – DJ Krem, a music selector and promoter.
Marija Balubdžić has been working individually, and as a part of various collectives since year 2000. Studies of classical music, public rehearsals, international choir concerts and tours, music for theatre, home production and vocal workshops have sometimes been left to oblivion, or occasionally recorded, both as official and unofficial releases.
The whole recording is her own music & voice, no tracklist.