It was through working with Chris that KOLO were invited to support 3 Doors Down on the UK leg of their autum 2008 world tour. KOLO supported 3 Doors Down in October 2008, with gigs at IndigO2 (in what was formerly the millenium dome) in London, Glasgow Carling Academy, Bristol Carling Academy and Manchester Academy, selling over 600 copies of their final release 'Vikings EP' and playing to over 10,000 people in the process. KOLO split in the spring of 2009. Jon Burnell (guitar, vocals) now fronts Kosmo Kings. Mark Lee (bass, synth) now plays in Hot Dub Bikini Party along with second KOLO drummer, Benjamin Camp. 2) Kolo (Коло) is a Folk/Ambient band from Ukraine featuring Munruthel of Nokturnal Mortum fame. The band has released one album so far, the self-titled KOLO in 2005. Kolo's music can be described as joyful folk melodies on electronica rhythms. 3) The Ensemble of National Dances and Songs Of Serbia was founded by the Act of the Government of the National Republic of Serbia, on May 5th, 1948.
Madame Olga Skovran was appointed as a Manager of the Ensemble. Ensemble starts working on May 15th, 1948, in the Stankovic School of Music. The first show of the Ensemble was on November 28th, 1948, on the official Academy in the Belgrade National Theater. The Ensemble showed correography of Olga Skovran, "Dance of Boys from Banat", "Kalac" and "Serbian Dances". After a month, on December 25th and 26th, the Ensemble had two concerts in the Belgrade National Theater. The program consisted of the following correographies: "Folk Dances of Vojvodina", "Folk Dances of Vranje and Surrounding Region", "Folk Dances of Crna Gora", "Croatian Folk Dances", "Macedonian Folk Dances", "Kolo of Boys from Bunjevac", "Folk Dances of Prizren" and "Serbian Folk Dances". The author of correographies was Olga Skovran, the Belgrade Opera Orchestra was conducted by Zivojin Zdravkovic, orchestra of the Radio Belgrade Tamburitza Orchestra was conducted by Maksa Popov.
On April 1st, 1949 the Choir of the Ensemble, consisting of 30 members, was established. On July 1st, the orchestra started working . On August 4th, 1949, The Council of Experts was formed: Stana Klajn, Dragutin Colic, Maga Magazinovic and Branko Markovic. In the period of a year only, the Ensemble grows up into an artistically compact unit, capable of accomplishing the most requesting tasks in performing folk dances adapted for the scene performance, with high quality of performance and expressive means. The first recognition - the award for artistic work and accomplishments in nourishing and adaptation of folk dances, was given by the Government of the FNRY on December 31st, 1949. Olga Skovran was awarded for artistic management. Beside many concerts at home, on March 1950 the Ensemble went to Switzerland - the first tour abroad. In 1953, the Ensemble of Folk Dances and Songs of the PR Serbia was named by its members - "KOLO". Many years have elapsed, programs, tours, generations, but despite all that, the Ensemble "KOLO" has always had its clear road in front and followed it strictly.
The road was opened and marked by the first lady of the Ensemble "KOLO", Madame Olga Skovran and her first generation of dancers, which developed and nourished "KOLO" for the benefit of all generations to come and our faithful audience during the last 55 years. The associates of the Ensemble were and still are the best Serbian correographers: Olga Skovran, Dobrivoje Putnik, Dragomir Vukovic, Desanka Djordjevic, Mira Sanjina, Branko Markovic, Milorad Miskovic, Vladimir Logunov, Radojica Kuzmanovic, Milorad Lonic, Bora Talevski and many others. The associates of the Ensemble were prominent Serbian musicians, composers and conductors: Petar Josimovic, Borislav Jankovic, Zarko Milanovic, Ljubomir Bosnjakovic, Kresimir Baranovic, Josip Slavenski, Zivojin Zdravkovic, Stevan Hristic, Nikola Hercigonja, Mihailo Vukdragovic, Borivoje Pascan, Oskar Danon, Stanojlo Rajicic, Borivoje Ilic, Dusan Skovran, Zoran Hristic and many others. "КОLО" had tours on all continents, over 5.000 concerts with over 10.000.000 visitors in the most famous concert halls like: Metropolitan, Palace Sajo, Carnegie Hall, Opera House in Cologne, Theater Fenice, Bolshoi Theater, Opera House in Amsterdam, E Hall, Cambridge Theater, Grand Casino in Geneva etc. The Ensemble was awarded by the highest awards, both at home and abroad. On the occasion of the 55th anniversary of successful work in nourishing, representing and showing folk art and cultural heritage at home and abroad, in 2003, the Ensemble "KOLO" was awarded by the medal of VUK KARADŽIĆ FIRST DEGREE. Read more on Last.fm.
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