Goran Bregovic was born in Sarajevo, in the former Yugoslavia, to a Croatian father and Serbian mother. After studying violin at the conservatory, he took up the guitar, forming a very successful band, Bijelo Dugme (The White Button) which, between 1974 and 1988, produced numerous albums and tours. Forced into exile by war, Bregovic ended up in Paris, where he began composing for the cinema. His collaboration with director Emir Kusturica on Time of the Gypsies (1989) and Underground (1995) was ground-breaking. Since then, this prolific artist has worked on many projects, either as a composer, arranger or performer. Accompanied by an exuberant brass band, he makes the most of the Balkans' fertile musical terrain.