Jerry Grcevich

Jerry Grcevich

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Jerry Grcevich is American-Croatian folk music legend. Among the greatest tamburitza (Croatian string music) performers alive today — and widely considered to be the top prim player in the world, Western Pennsylvania native Jerry Grcevich is truly a living embodiment of the rich musical tradition.

Born in Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania, Grcevich studied tamburitza with his father and uncle, both musical directors and performers. At age 21, he made a pivotal pilgrimage to then Yugoslavia to study with legendary tamburitza prim player, Janika Balaž. In 1980, Grcevich began composing and recording original musical pieces. A master of all five instruments of the tamburitza ensemble—the prim, brač, tamburitza cello, bugarija and tamburitza bass—Grcevich is known for using “sound-on-sound” recording techniques, constructing an ensemble featuring only his own playing. As a result of his musical skills, he is able to capture the characteristic melody, harmony, counterpoint and rhythm of the layered tamburitza orchestra.

In addition to leading his own ensemble, Grcevich has recorded and toured with numerous well-known tamburitza musicians. At a performance in Slavonska Požega, Croatia, in 1994, he even realized that many of the tamburitza groups were playing songs that he had composed, a testament to his influence in the music’s homeland. In 2001, Grcevich became the youngest musician to be inducted into the Tamburitza Hall of Fame, and in 2005, he was honored with a National Endowment for the Arts’ National Heritage Fellowship.
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Jerry Grcevich Discography

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Miroslav Škoro Uz Tamburaški Orkestar Jerry Grcevich* Miroslav Škoro Uz Tamburaški Orkestar Jerry Grcevich* - Ne Dirajte Mi Ravnicu (Album) Croatia Records Croatia 1992 Sell This Version
NO 1 Jerry Grcevich New Traditions(Cass, Album) Novi Odlazak Productions NO 1 US 1992 Sell This Version
Miroslav Škoro I Jerry Grcevich Orkestar* Miroslav Škoro I Jerry Grcevich Orkestar* - Sitan Vez (Album) Croatia Records Croatia 1996 Sell This Version
none Jerry Grcevich Croatian Dances Vol.III(Cass, Album) Not On Label (Jerry Grcevich Self-released) none US 1997 Sell This Version
none Jerry Grcevich Mila Moja(CD, Album) Not On Label (Jerry Grcevich Self-released) none US 2008 Sell This Version
none Sonya* I Jerry* Sonya* I Jerry* - Kao Nekad(CD, Album) Not On Label none US 2011 Sell This Version
none Jerry Grcevich (Djeri)* Tamburitza Dance Tonight(CD, Album) Not On Label (Jerry Grcevich Self-released) none Croatia 2013 Sell This Version
JJG D 01 Djeri* Djeri(LP) J.J.G. Recording Co. JJG D 01 US Unknown Sell This Version
none Mirko* I Djeri* Mirko* I Djeri* - Mirko I Djeri(Cass, Album) Not On Label none US Unknown Sell This Version
LP - 107402 Jerry Grcevich – Djeri* Tamburica(LP, Album) J.J.G. Recording Co. LP - 107402 US Unknown Sell This Version