Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band


From kolos to Kusturica, experience the rich sounds of driving Balkan brass!

Zlatne Uste (Golden Lips) is an internationally known group of American-born musicians playing traditional music of the Balkans, primarily representing Serbian, Macedonian, Bulgarian and Romany (Gypsy) traditions. Four-time invited guest at the Dragachevo Brass Festival in Gucha, Serbia, the 12-piece band is among the foremost presenters of traditional Balkan dance music in the United States. 

Each year Zlatne Uste hosts and produces the Golden Festival, New York's biggest and best Balkan music festival with an astounding 40 or more bands and something for everyone.





Band website hosting



   Zlatne Uste Golden Fest
                 every January 

   See the band -- Gigs

   Hear the band
          Our new release "Do Zore"

   Band members

   Mailing list


ZLATNE USTE Recordings

Zlatne Uste brings you the exuberant music of the brass bands of Bulgaria, Macedonia, and Serbia. From hummable, toe-tapping tunes to humblingly complex rhythms and melodies, this music moves the body and touches the soul. Discover the full-blown sounds of Slavic and Gypsy brass.

         "Do Zore (Until Dawn)", Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band, 2010

         "In the Center of the Village", Azalea City Recordings, 1999

         "Balkans Without Borders" is a benefit CD for Doctors Without Borders and features Zlatne Uste along with 20 other artists including Marta Sebestyen, The Klezmatics, Sviraj, and Zabe i Babe, Omnium, 1999

         "No Strings Attached", 1993 on Rounder Records

         "Golden Lips, Music of Eastern Yugoslavia",  Global Village Music, 1990



To order your copy of "In the Center of the Village", "No Strings Attached" or "Golden Lips" send your check payable to Zlatne Uste for $15 per CD, $10 per cassette, plus $3 shipping per order. Allow  3-4 weeks for delivery. U.S. funds only.

Send to:

Zlatne Uste
c/o Matt Smith
PO Box 74
Flagtown, NJ 08821-0074

ZLATNE USTE Upcoming Events


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Booking information:

Michael Ginsburg
email: michael@zlatneuste.org

ZLATNE USTE personnel


Note: truba is the term for horn or "tubing" in many Slavic languages.  We use it to refer to the rotary-valved flugel horns which are common in the region.

ZLATNE USTE mailing list

If you'd like to receive information about the annual Zlatne Uste New York Golden Festival, Balkan Cafe, local ZU gigs and NYC folk dance events via our e-list  at:

To get on our US postal snail mail list, please send us your name, US postal address, and email to Belle Birchfield.

We send out a yearly mailing for the Golden Festival to locations east of the Mississippi.

Last modified: 03/13/2011