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Brina evolved from two earlier bands fronted by singer Brina Vogelnik – Šišenske bajke and Brina&String.si. In the 1990s, Šišenske bajke were one of the first bands that started showing an interest in modernising traditional Slovene folk motives, an approach that has since then been taken over by a number of quality and successful musicians. With String.si Vogelnik stirred a lot of public interest and was also awarded the Golden Bird Award, an award given to promising young artists in Slovenia.
Besides Brina Vogelnik (vocals), the band consists of experienced musicians, all very active in the wider Slovene music scene; Jelena Ždrale (violin), Blaž Celarec (percussion), Drago Ivanuša (accordion), Nino de Gleria (electrical bass, double bass), Luka Ropret (guitar), Aleš Rendla (drums), and Julij Zornik (sound production).
The band presented their first album at the Druga Godba Festival and till the release of their second album mostly played on Slovene stages. The second album was accompanied by another Druga Godba stage performance and was followed by appearances on Jazz Cerkno Festival (Slovenia), Ethnoambient festival (Croatia), the prominent WOMEX (World Music Expo) festival (Spain), and many other stages. Since then they have played on the "Vlak raznolikosti" (Train of diversity) project in Spain, toured in North America, and played on various other stages throughout the world.
An excerpt from a Brina gig at the Chicago Cultural Center, 19 September 2007.