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Dine Doneff Suite Yedi

A sound sketch of narratives about resistance.

March 2024

in out wide

James Wylie - alto saxophone
Maria Dafka - bayan
Dine Doneff - electric guitar, stomp box, double bass, drums

All compositions by Dine Doneff


Како смртта вечна што е
така борба длго трае.

Кочо Рацин

Just as death is eternal
So the struggle goes forever.*

Kocho Racin


Recorded live September 3, 2023
Festival of Jazz, World & Contemporary Music
Teatar Jordan H.K.Dzinot - Veles, North Macedonia
Engineer: Ivica Jankulovski
Remix: Dine Doneff, Domagk Cell 27, Munich
Mastering: Christoph Stickel
Cover, Design: Fotini Potamia

Produced by neRED music

Special thanks to Slavco Kocev, Faik Mefailoski, Sashko Kostov,
George Prevedourakis, Kostas Kontos, Kasapovi House Veles

*Translated from Macedonian by Kostas Theodorou


Dine Doneff Lost Anthropology

Suite transgressive

November 2021

in out wide

Mathis Mayr - cello
Antonis Anissegos - piano, prepared piano
Stamatis Pasopoulos - bayan
Dine Doneff - double bass, guitar, percussion, composition

Recorded live July 2, 2015
HALLE 1, Einstein Kultur, Munich
Engineer: Hans R. Weiss
Remix: Dine Doneff
Mastering: Christoph Stickel
Cover, Artwork: Fotini Potamia
Produced by Dine Doneff


Dine Doneff In/Out

A Soundscape Theater for Double Bass & Tapes.

March 2019

Marketed in cooperation w/ECM Records

in out wide

Composed & performed live by Dine Doneff

Following up on his Balkan-Jazz Folk-Opera Rousilvo,
Macedonian composer/multi-instrumentalist Dine Doneff
presents IN/OUT as the second release on the neRED music
label in cooperation with ECM Records. The 21-minute long
album has been referred to as “A Soundscape Theater for
Double Bass and Tapes” and was recorded live on July 1,
2016 in Domagk Ateliers, Munich as a part of the vernissage
for: In Searching of a Common Ground #2, an exhibition of
eleven contemporary Macedonian artists.

As a play in one act, IN/OUT is a dialogue between a soloist
and a soundscape of pre-recorded compositions and field
recordings made in several European cities, which runs through
the performance. The question of what is IN and what OUT
creates a dialectical conversation between the actor/improviser
and the composer/thinker. Common ground, Division within,
Contradiction, Homecoming, Unbelonging, Disquiet
and Exile
arise in succession as subjects upon which an intensive
dialogue takes place.


Dine Doneff Rousilvo

A Balkan-Jazz Folk Opera.

October 2017

Marketed in cooperation w/ ECM Records

rousilvo wide

Takis Farazis: piano, accordion 
Kyriakos Tapakis: oud, mandola 
Dimos Dimiriadis: alto saxophone, flute 
Pantelis Stoikos: trumpet 
Antonis Andreou: trombone 
Dine Doneff: double bass, tabla, guitar
Kostas Anastasiadis: drums, vocals 

Slava Pop'va (1,2,7,12) 
Lizeta Kalimeri (4,5) Martha Mavroidi (4) 

Camea Quartet (2,9) 
Lada Kandardjijeva: soprano 
Elena Ginina: soprano 
Elitsa Dankova: mezzo 
Irina Gotcheva: alto

The chorus arrives, here, the entrance to the village, 
susurration, elm leaves, stillness, a summons, 
Beside the big stone, water 
babble of voices, waiting ones, 
Penelopes of Xanthogeia, 
Rousilvo, living, dead, 
Oblivion willed on the unwillingly. 
Mirka the teacher breathes yet 
and you Natsko never old enough to love 
mourning, prescribed in silence 
homecoming to unbelonging. 
In the sequestered minds of the men of substance, ashes and blood, 
and looming, there in the snow, Kaimaktsalan, custodian of bones. 
Implacable grief, oxygen cannot be bartered 
And now, what lips are left to mouth the song of freedom? 

Only ligering echoes of the melody of the forbidden language 
and undaunted dancing to songs without words. 
Sometimes, once in a while 
comfort to our ears, the stealthy significance of the unwritten, 
like some secret, dignified in silence 
liquid lamentations over the graves of our forbears 
where we mutes have just bid farewell, 
and the villages, where behind us we left 
bewildered windows and doors gaping in the wind 
without crier or priest, or a pitcher for the spring.

(translated by Jonathan Smith)

Rousilvo is the second part of a trilogy of which Nostos is the first part.


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