A great man is one who collects knowledge the way a bee collects honey and uses it to help people overcome the difficulties they endure - hunger, ignorance and disease!
- Nikola Tesla

Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.
- Franklin Roosevelt

While their territory has been devastated and their homes despoiled, the spirit of the Serbian people has not been broken.
- Woodrow Wilson

Aleksandra Denda

Aleksandra Denda is an internationally recognized, New York-based music artist.

Over the span of years, she’s been performing and recording throughout USA, Europe, Asia and South America, as a leader and as featured artist in the wide array of musical genres, spanning from Soul to World Music, Brazilian, R&B, and Jazz.

Some of these projects include performances with American Idol's Michael Lynche (aka Big Mike) as his background vocalist, recording with the flamenco star Jose Merce on the Latin Grammy nominated album Mi Unica Llave, and co-founding ROSA the international traditional Serbian all-female a cappella group endorsed by NY Folklore Society.

She also had the pleasure of working with world acclaimed musicians-Patrice Rushen, Bilal, Javier Limon, Marko Djordjevic & SVETI, Women of the World, Joey Blake, Christiane Karam and Albino Mbie.
​Aleksandra spent a Summer in India in 2015, teaching as Artist in Residence at New Delhi's Global Music Institute, as well as performing with some of India's finest fusion musicians with project PATHWAYS that she formed with pianist Aman Mahajan.

Swimming in many sonic oceans led to the makings of her debut EP DREAMER, a genre-bending, soulful collection of her original music, released in March 2016.

In 2016 Aleksandra and her group were a part of Global celebration of International Jazz Day at Dupont Circle, in Washington DC, sharing the stage with jazz luminaries Dee Dee Bridgewater and Herbie Hancock. The same year, she performed at another IDJ event at UN headquarters in New York, alongside Brazilian guitarist Sergio Pereira.

She is a Director of the First International Contemporary Music Competition for Young Musicians in the Balkans - The Best Musical Mind, organized by Multikultivator cultural service and supported by Berklee College of Music and Souza Lima Conservatory.

In 2017 she joined a new international project - Jan Kus and The SlavoRican Assembly, an eclectic group that combines musical traditions from the Balkans and Slavic folk songs with the musical traditions of the Caribbean, synthesizing them seamlessly in a never-before-heard, attractive, heartfelt and powerful rhythmical mix!

Source: Official Web-Site


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Mirjana Joković

Mirjana Joković (Serbian Cyrillic: Мирјана Јоковић) (born November 24, 1967) is a Serbian film and stage actress, best known for her role as Natalija Zovkov in Underground, the film of Emir Kusturica (1995). She currently is Director of Performance for Acting and an acting teacher in the Theater Faculty of the California Institute of the Arts near Los Angeles.

Mirjana Jokovic was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. She spent her early years in Zambia, where her father was an industrial engineer.

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In the Mirror

A Collection of Iconographic Essays and Illustrations

By Fr. Stamatis Skliris

The Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Western America is pleased to announce the publication of an outstanding book by Fr. Stamatis Skliris, a disciple of the great twentieth-century theologians Archimandrite Justin Popovich and Bishop Athanasius Yevtich. Fr. Stamatis is a parish priest in Athens and is renowned as an iconographer and as a writer and lecturer on Byzantine iconography.

In the Mirror is the second of a planned collection of works of contemporary theologians. It is an anthology of Fr. Stamatis’ articles which have appeared in Greek and Serbian. In it, he combines adherence to the teachings of the Church Fathers with a vibrant expression of faith through the experience of Christ in the Church. The book is adorned with more than 200 striking icons and illustrations by Fr. Stamatis.

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