"We are trying to face the reality of a modern world in change and tension and reply to it with freedom and responsibility."
In the mid nineties, when Yugoslavia broke into pieces, Darko Rundek packed his bags and headed for Paris. As singer and lyricist of the legendary New Wave band "Haustor", he was a hero to his many fans. In Paris he had to start all over again.
From his new base in an outlying banlieu, he began writing music for theatre and over the next few years released two solo albums until during the making of a third album, "Ruke", the Cargo Orkestar was born.
What began as a gathering of old and new friends quickly developed into a formidable creative unit, with each participant bringing their own special skills: Isabel, the French violinist with her wide experience of many musical worlds, who has worked with theatre director Peter Brook and Nina Simone; the electronic musician Vedran Peternel, with whom Darko Rundek broadcast radio transmissions to the main land from a cargo ship in the Adriatic Sea during the dark years of civil war; video artist Biljana Tutorov, whose projections accompany the Cargo Orkestar's concert performances; multi-instrumentalists Dani Pervan and Dusan Vranić; the trumpeter Igor Pavlica, Darko Rundek's old colleague from the "Haustor" days, plus Emmanuel Ferraz the French/Portuguese trombonist and the French double-bass player Bruno Arnal.
An international conglomeration making music of no fixed abode and carrying it across the borders in the hold of their imaginary rusty freighter: the Cargo Orkestar.