ČENDEŠ (previously known as Rusin Cendes Orchestra) are a band formed around a scampering cimbalom, twin fiddles, guitar, double bass and strong male and female voices. The young professional musicians educated in classical music and surrounded by folk music of Ruthenian/Rusin minority share an intriguing new approach to the interpretation of folk music based on mixing the elements of classical music, jazz, balkan rhythms with Slavic melodies. The critically well received 2015 debut album was only slightly paradoxically titled “Best Of” and was nominated for the Radio Head Award 2015 (Slovakian “Grammy Award”). The second album „Cossack Attack!“ is an imaginative set of folk arrangements with rich-sounding vocal duets and virtuosic violin solos. This album ranked No. 15 in World Music Chart Europe (June, 2019). However, the audience of World Music Festival Bratislava or professionals at Czech Music Crossroads will confirm that live performances are the most effective way how to enjoy their music full of passion and energy. During the seven years of their existence they’ve gathered an enthusiastic audience in Slovakia, Poland, Czech Republic and Hungary.
Čendeš members are:
Peter Šipula – vocals, violin
Andrej Turčin – violin
Zuzana Stračinová – dulcimer, vocals
René Bošeľa – viola, guitar, vocals
Jakub Stračina – bass
Robo Bošeľa – drums, percussion