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Friday, May 25
 

6:00pm PDT

Orkestar Slivovica
High Energy Balkan Brass

Friday May 25, 2012 6:00pm - 6:30pm PDT
Fountain Lawn Stage 47.62314, -122.35246
  Music Performance, Balkan Misfit Showcase
  • Genre EME -- Central-Eastern Europe & Balkan - MUSIC
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  • Biography Wandering the streets of Vancouver with battered and ancient instruments, appearing and disappearing into the night, and dressed in the highest fashions of your great-grandparent’s youth, with a bottle in hand of that delicate concoction which is half of the band’s name, everything they cross paths with becomes a Balkan wedding dance party, with tunes from Serbia, Macedonia, and other mysterious and distant lands, and like this sentence, the music runs on forever… .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..

7:35pm PDT

Bucharest Drinking Team
An Eastern Bloc Party!

Friday May 25, 2012 7:35pm - 8:10pm PDT
Fountain Lawn Stage 47.62314, -122.35246
  Music Performance, Balkan Misfit Showcase
  • Genre EME -- Central-Eastern Europe & Balkan - MUSIC
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  • Biography Bucharest Drinking Team is a northwest conglomerate of modern Balkan musicians who have been loosely working together since 2009. They bring the party from the Eastern Bloc right to your door, complete with food, drink, dancing and music all night.

8:25pm PDT

Orkestar Zirkonium
Not Grampa's Balkan Brass

Friday May 25, 2012 8:25pm - 9:00pm PDT
Fountain Lawn Stage 47.62314, -122.35246
  Music Performance, Balkan Misfit Showcase
 
Saturday, May 26
 

11:00am PDT

Ukrainian Folk Singing
With Nadia Tarnawsky

Saturday May 26, 2012 11:00am - 11:50am PDT
Olympic Room 47.62292, -122.35512
  Music-Dance Workshop Application, (if applicable)
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  • Biography Nadia Tarnawsky has been studying Eastern European singing techniques for nearly two decades with Ukrainian singers Mariana Sadowska, Lilia Pavlovska, Albanian singer Merita Halili, and Bulgarian singers Maria Bebelekova and Donka Koleva. She has taught workshops in Ukrainian village-style singing for the Center of Traditional Music and Dance (NYC).

6:10pm PDT

Orkestar Slivovica
High Energy Balkan Brass

Saturday May 26, 2012 6:10pm - 6:50pm PDT
Indie Roots at Broad Street: Sponsored by BECU & 103.7 The Mountain 47.61938, -122.34979
  Music Performance, (if applicable)
  • Genre EME -- Central-Eastern Europe & Balkan - MUSIC
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  • Biography Wandering the streets of Vancouver with battered and ancient instruments, appearing and disappearing into the night, and dressed in the highest fashions of your great-grandparent’s youth, with a bottle in hand of that delicate concoction which is half of the band’s name, everything they cross paths with becomes a Balkan wedding dance party, with tunes from Serbia, Macedonia, and other mysterious and distant lands, and like this sentence, the music runs on forever… .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..

6:40pm PDT

North of the Black Sea
Voice and Ukrainian Bandura

Saturday May 26, 2012 6:40pm - 7:10pm PDT
Folklife Cafe 47.62383, -122.35084
  Music Performance, (if applicable)
  • Genre EME -- Central-Eastern Europe & Balkan - MUSIC
  • Biography Multi-talented instrumentalist Roy Torley and vocalist Joan Gaustad began performing as North of the Black Sea in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1980s. They moved to Oregon in 1989 when Roy was accepted into the graduate program in geology at the University of Oregon at Eugene, where he obtained his PhD in 1998. They currently live in Gresham, OR. Roy studied the 55-stringed Ukrainian bandura with Victor Kytasty, son of Hryhory Kytasty, renowned Ukrainian bandurist, composer, and director for many years of the musically and historically significant ensemble, Taras Shevchenko Bandurist Chorus. Roy is an outstanding exemplar of the "North American" bandura tradition, which preserved and developed playing styles, repertoire, and types of instruments that were suppressed in Ukraine under Soviet rule. Roy also performs a variety of non-Ukrainian music on the bandura, from Renaissance court dances to movie themes. Vocalist Joan Gaustad has studied classical and folk voice for many years and has performed in sixteen languages, ranging from English (Gilbert and Sullivan) and Latin (Mozart's Requiem) to Turkish and Georgian. Her specialties are Ukrainian, Russian, and Transylvanian-Hungarian folk vocal styles. Joan sang for several years with the Oakland, California-based Danica Balkan Chorus, and she performed with San Francisco's Khadra International Folk Ballet for ten years as dancer, singer, musician, and vocal director. She has taught Balkan, Hungarian, Russian, and Ukrainian folk singing workshops at the Willamette Valley Folk Festival, at the Northwest Folklife Festival, and at conventions of the Balalaika and Domra Association of America.

6:45pm PDT

Kef
Balkan Dance Music

Saturday May 26, 2012 6:45pm - 7:15pm PDT
Fisher Green Stage: Sponsored by KBCS 91.3FM 47.62109, -122.35258
  Music Performance, (if applicable)
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  • Biography The word "Kef" refers to that spirit and energy shared by a group of people in celebration. It is a state of being, an intangible quality approaching ecstasy, often engendered by musical experience. Kef is a Turkish concept and term that has become naturalized across the Balkans throughout the former domain of the Ottoman Empire. That same cultural force left an indelible mark on the music of Balkans. Today, Slavs, Roma and a multitude of other ethnic groups – even Americans – play and dance to music that is an amalgam of Turkish influences and indigenous regional styles. Kef, the band, has been performing for dancers and listeners, weddings and exhibitions, dance halls and crowded eateries, festivals and outdoor markets, since 2007. Its music is a sampling of the regional genres found across the Balkans, from Bulgarian wedding music to Serbian brass band, and from 1960s radio-style orchestrations to melody/drone-based village music, all interpreted through the lens of their unique instrumentation.

7:15pm PDT

Amir Beso
Balkan Flamenco From Sarajevo

Saturday May 26, 2012 7:15pm - 7:45pm PDT
Folklife Cafe 47.62383, -122.35084
  Music Performance, (if applicable)
  • Genre EME -- Central-Eastern Europe & Balkan - MUSIC
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  • Biography One of the most prominent guitarists in his native Bosnia. During the war, he kept performing his music in besieged Sarajevo until he was seriously wounded and airlifted out of the country.
 
Sunday, May 27
 

2:15pm PDT

Juliana & PAVA
Ancient Russian Folk Songs

Sunday May 27, 2012 2:15pm - 2:45pm PDT
Center House Theatre: Sponsored by KUOW 47.62170, -122.35049
  Music Performance, (if applicable)
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  • Biography Juliana is a Russian folk singer and ethnomusicologist who formed the group PAVA in Seattle in 2008 to perform songs collected by her in expeditions to remote Russian villages. The ensemble performs frequently on various multicultural events in USA and abroad. In 2010 PAVA performed at the first postwar international music festival in Baghdad, Iraq, by invitation of the Iraqi Ministry of Culture. This is their fifth Folklife (and sixth for Juliana).

3:10pm PDT

Opa Groupa
Wild Party & Dance Muisc

Sunday May 27, 2012 3:10pm - 4:00pm PDT
Center House Court 47.62153, -122.35085
  Participatory Dance, International Folkdance Party!
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  • Biography Most of Rian Holmes life, has been in the pursuit of becoming a musician. He has been playing music for over 16 years and has studied many different styles of music from across the world. Playing percussion, piano, pluck string instruments, and bowed strings through out his studies. In 2011, Rian graduated from Marylhurst University with a BM in Music Composition, with a performance force on guitar, and violin. Kevin Fisher has been intensely studying music for half of his life, or the last 13 years! During that time, He has realized that music is my greatest passion and it makes him who he is today. I have studied with many great teachers and learned the standards of Western music and theory. It is my life's purpose to read write and perform music in as many different styles as my mind can comprehend. I mainly focus on stringed instruments including guitar, bass and mandolin, but I also can play percussion and sing backup vocals. During my recent experience as a classical guitarist at Marylhurst University I learned how to further optimize my skills as a productive and professional musician. From even a wee age, Cameron Edens has been playing music. He started playing the violin in orchestras through primary school, later the guitar, piano, percussion, and then the bass; finding the bass to become to his most played and studied. Currently Cameron is studding Composition and performance at Marylhurst University, where he is playing in the Symphony, and work's with MYS, a local youth orchestra. By the late 90s Charles Neal felt that his personal playing could use some more work. Also, he felt he needed a change in location. In the fall of 1996 Charles applied to the Berklee College of Music. A year later Charles was accepted to Berklee on scholarship and moved to Boston. While at Berklee Charles’ musical sense grew and his musicianship matured. , Charles is one of the top call drummers for the Portland/Vancouver area. Charles is always on the quest to surround music in his life and is in line to live his passion for music. Sara Leah is hitting the acoustic scene of Portland, unleashing reflections of 26 years of life with this Indie-folk blend of soul-honey singing and confessional lyricism. Her influences are; although, not limited to, Ella Fitzgerald, Nick Drake, Ben Harper, Mazzy Star, and glimmers of traditional Balkan. She as of recently is involved in two projects, Opa Groupa, and her own personal project called Sara Leah.

3:20pm PDT

Koshanin
Balkan Minimalist World

Sunday May 27, 2012 3:20pm - 3:50pm PDT
Folklife Cafe 47.62383, -122.35084
  Music Performance, (if applicable)
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  • Biography Koshanin - a pianist, composer and a veteran on the music scene whose career stretches well over 20 years, acquired his formal music education at the early age and had his first public performances with youth choirs at the age of 10. With the onset of the new wave of pop music in the '80s, he jumped into the Yugoslavian music scene to play and tour with several groups and finally, with all the turmoil unfolding in the Balkan region in the ‘90s, he moved to the USA to continue his musical journey. He has performed extensively on festivals and stages throughout the USA and Canada with various groups playing Pop, Rock, Blues, Funk, Reggae & Afrobeat. After focusing on more private studies Koshanin developed an interest in reed instruments and gradually shifted to new directions. He continued recording and performing with new groups playing Latin, Jazz, Afro-Cuban, Samba & Rumba Flamenca. New projects followed and by this time all the collaborations and side work amounted to over 30 albums. Meanwhile Koshanin found himself returning to his first love in music - piano, and this, coupled with a revived fascination with Balkan folk music from his childhood, laid the foundation for a new body of work. Koshanin’s new self-titled solo piano project blends musical traditions of his native Serbia and Mediterranean sensibility with contemporary western music styles. Material for this project consists of original compositions complemented with Koshanin’s unique piano adaptations of select traditional folk tunes. Instead of looking at piano exclusively as a classical instrument, Koshanin treats it predominantly as a modern-day folk instrument. This approach allowed music to flow freely, develop gradually and it yielded unrestrained, unconventional forms and song structures resembling old times' folk music. Characterized with abundance of odd time signatures, classical and jazz techniques, and a minimalist compositional approach, these delicate musical tales stand at the meeting point of the East and West, reflecting Koshanin’s own journey. Koshanin is currently based in Portland, Oregon.

4:00pm PDT

Ruze Dalmatinke
Music & Songs of Croatia

Sunday May 27, 2012 4:00pm - 4:25pm PDT
Fisher Green Stage: Sponsored by KBCS 91.3FM 47.62109, -122.35258
  Music Performance, Next 50: KRAB Radio Show, Presented by Jack Straw Productions
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  • Biography Ruže Dalmatinke is a Seattle-based professional ensemble specializing in the music of Croatia and Bosnia, from the stringent open throat style of interior Croatia, to lyrical Dalmatian and Bosnian melodies. The group was founded by two sisters, Binki Franulović Spahi and Alma Franulović Plancich, who immigrated with their family to the United States after World War II from their native island of Korčula, Dalmatia in Croatia. The sisters are backed by expert musicians who are soloists in their own right. Vela Luka Croatian Dance Ensemble was created in 1975 by Anacortes Croatians under the leadership of Maria Franulović Petrish, for cultural preservation and presentation. The sisters, Maria, Alma and Binki realized in this country it does not take long to lose one’s ethnic and cultural identity and that work must be done to preserve and educate. Vela Luka and Ruže Dalmatinke have been featured in two national TV documentaries - Hrvati! (PBS, 1981) and Children of Ellis Island (ABC, 1986)-numerous local radio and television programs, as well as books and audio recordings. In 1986, they represented the State of Washington at the Rededication of the Statue of Liberty in New York and at EXPO '86 in Vancouver, B.C. RD, in 1986, travelled to Mazatlan, Mexico, performing in numerous concerts. In 1988 and 1990, both groups toured Croatia and Bosnia-Hercegovina and in 2000, VL and RD traveled to the homeland once again performing throughout Croatia. They were featured performers at the Washington State Centennial Celebration in 1989; Voices West, Salt Lake City, 1991, 1993, and 1994, and the opening celebration of the Seattle Symphony's Benaroya Hall in 1998. In 1996, the ensemble received the Governor's Heritage Award from the Washington State Art's Commission. Between 1996 and 2000, the ensembles performed in Idaho, Sacramento, San Francisco, and in 1999 were the featured performers at the Redlands Bowl, Redlands, California. The ensembles were featured in the King County Arts Commission Touring Arts Roster for 2002-2003 and 2009-2012. Fall 2002, VL participated in Green Meadows Productions’ Festival of Cultures west coast tour - 48 performances, 7 cities, across 3 states. The 2003 calendar included the opening of McCaw Hall, local theatre and festival performances and a February concert in San Francisco, CA. In 2004, amongst numerous local performances, VL performed at Paramount Theatre, Seattle, as part of the “DANCE this…” and the ensembles together performed for the opening of the McIntyre Hall, Mt. Vernon, WA. The 2005 calendar featured a tour to Oregon and inclusion in the Kirkland Performance Center Season. In 2008 VL performed the 10th Anniversary of DANCE this… at the Paramount Theatre, Seattle. Annual performances continued 2005-2011: Blessing of the Fleet, Gig Harbor; NW Folklife Festival; EHC Cultural Crossroads and EHC Winter Worldfest. VL & RD instructors and members, over the years, have taught at local schools as part of curriculum and as special event speakers/instructors. Ruze Dalmatinke invited to perform at Kennedy Center in 2012!

4:10pm PDT

The Polka Guys
Polka, why dontcha?

Sunday May 27, 2012 4:10pm - 5:00pm PDT
Center House Court 47.62153, -122.35085
  Participatory Dance, Polka Party

7:00pm PDT

Balkanarama
Hot Balkan and Rom dance music

Sunday May 27, 2012 7:00pm - 7:40pm PDT
Center House Court 47.62153, -122.35085
  Participatory Dance, Balkan Dance
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  • Biography Balkanarama has been performing songs and dance music of the Balkans and the Rom people since 1997 and has performed at Folklife every year since 1998. The band has released 3 CDs.

7:44pm PDT

Zourna Fasaria
Hardcore Balkan dance music!

Sunday May 27, 2012 7:44pm - 7:55pm PDT
Center House Court 47.62153, -122.35085
  Participatory Dance, Balkan Dance
  • Genre EME -- Central-Eastern Europe & Balkan - MUSIC
  • Biography The Govetas family has been performing traditional Greek music together since 2004. Christos Govetas fell in love with zourna music as a small child in Greece, and now his kids are traveling the same road.

7:55pm PDT

Orkestar RTW
Music from the Balkans

Sunday May 27, 2012 7:55pm - 8:35pm PDT
Center House Court 47.62153, -122.35085
  Participatory Dance, Balkan Dance
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  • Biography Orkestar RTW is a five-piece band based in Seattle, Washington that started in 1987 as the house band for the Radost Folk Ensemble. Named in the tradition of post-World War II Balkan radio and television house bands (such as Orkestar Radio-Televizije Beograd), Orkestar RTW (Radio-Televizije Washington) plays the music of those bands, primarily traditional dance and folk music from the countries of Bulgaria, Macedonia, and Serbia.

8:35pm PDT

Vardar
Macedonia village music

Sunday May 27, 2012 8:35pm - 8:45pm PDT
Center House Court 47.62153, -122.35085
  Participatory Dance, Balkan Dance

8:45pm PDT

Maria and Vassil Bebelekovi
Rhodope Mountains come to life

Sunday May 27, 2012 8:45pm - 9:00pm PDT
Center House Court 47.62153, -122.35085
  Participatory Dance, Balkan Dance

9:00pm PDT

Kaba Seattle
Rhodope Bagpipe Band

Sunday May 27, 2012 9:00pm - 9:15pm PDT
Center House Court 47.62153, -122.35085
  Participatory Dance, Balkan Dance

9:15pm PDT

Dromeno
Balkan Gypsy Dance Party

Sunday May 27, 2012 9:15pm - 10:00pm PDT
Center House Court 47.62153, -122.35085
  Participatory Dance, Balkan Dance
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  • Biography Dromeno plays Greek-style brass-band music of the type made famous by Kusturica, in the traditional style. Band members include Christos Govetas and Ruth Hunter, and their kids Eleni and Bobby, along with Nick Maroussis and Peter Lippman. The Govetas family have played all over the US for seminars and festivals, as well as touring in Greece, to great acclaim. Peter Lippman is the work ingest trumpet player in the area, playing with more Balkan bands than you can shake a stick at!
 
Monday, May 28
 

11:45am PDT

Mlodzi Poland (Young Polanie)
Young Polanie

Monday May 28, 2012 11:45am - 12:15pm PDT
Center House Theatre: Sponsored by KUOW 47.62170, -122.35049
  Music Performance, (if applicable)

12:30pm PDT

Vivat Musica
Choir sings Polish Folksongs

Monday May 28, 2012 12:30pm - 1:00pm PDT
Center House Theatre: Sponsored by KUOW 47.62170, -122.35049
  Music Performance, (if applicable)
  • Genre EME -- Central-Eastern Europe & Balkan - MUSIC
  • Biography We sing folksonfs and national songs from Poland in Polish. These are songs that have been sung for generations in Poland. They are sung whenever Polish people get together. These songs were collected by artists from the villages themselves and performed by national folk groups. Our choir heard them growing up and now would like to share them with others. This keeps the traditions alive in our families and communities. The Poles have a saying, "I've travelled all over the world, but haven't found any music that could match what we have in Poland."

5:15pm PDT

Bucharest Drinking Team
An Eastern Bloc Party!

Monday May 28, 2012 5:15pm - 5:45pm PDT
Indie Roots at Broad Street: Sponsored by BECU & 103.7 The Mountain 47.61938, -122.34979
  Music Performance, (if applicable)
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  • Biography Bucharest Drinking Team is a northwest conglomerate of modern Balkan musicians who have been loosely working together since 2009. They bring the party from the Eastern Bloc right to your door, complete with food, drink, dancing and music all night.
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