Heartbroken by the fragmentation of Yugoslavia Katarina longed to once again reunite the disjointed regions of the country and heal the wounds of her homeland through the soulfulness of its traditional music. She embarked upon mesmerising journey re-discovering beautifully archaic folk tunes of Yugoslavia - and the new GF Collective project was born as a result. Although born in peoples sorrow, the celebratory nature of the traditional folk music of Yugoslavia defies the difficult and marginal existence of the war-torn country, a country that now exists only in its soulful traditional music.
Along with Katarina’s Indian harmonium, many instruments Gypsy Fever play are not indigenous to former Yugoslavia. The idea was to introduce traditional instruments of other cultures and create a new sound, by adding Celtic whistles, Italian mandolin, Spanish cajon, Turkish yayli tanbur, and the West African Djembe (as well as some classical instruments - such as bassoon and classical guitar). Katarina wanted to re-visit and re-imagine the old folk and gypsy tunes of Yugoslavia and give them a new life, integrating the musical influences of other traditions - which she came across during the 20 years of her life in the UK.