May Bacchanal: Édessa and Arcana

Friday, May 11
The Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal Presents:
Édessa – 9 pm
Arcana – 11 pm

The May edition of the Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal presents a double bill featuring the rare worldly talent of bay area musicians and dancers. The Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal is a notoriously raucous marathon of music and dance at the Starry Plough Pub on the second Friday of every month.

The Starry Plough Pub
Doors at 8:00pm; Show at 9:00pm
Admission is $10+
21+ after 10pm (as kitchen closes)

Édessa – Balkan Border Music
with Ezgi Kurt

For many years one of the Bay Area’s premier Balkan dance bands, Édessa is comprised of musicians who have devoted decades to the study and performance of the rich cultural expressions of the southern Balkans. They play with a deep understanding of the connection between dance and music. Using both traditional and modern instruments, they perform in a variety of styles, featuring long sets that interweave melodies, improvisation and a beat with dancers in mind. The music comes from Albania, Greece, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Armenia, and Turkey, and Balkan Roma (Gypsy). The group and its members have long participated in and taught at Balkan camps across the country, and Édessa was the first band to take Balkan music to Japan. Édessa is George Chittenden on clarinet, gaida (bagpipe), zurna (shawm), and guitar; Lise Liepman on santouri (hammered dulcimer) and accordion; violinist Ari Langer; bassist Paul Brown; and percussionist Sean Tergis.


Arcana Music and Dance

Arcana Music & Dance is a live music & bellydance company based in the Bay Area. Arcana is directed by Danielle Elizabeth, Paul Evans, Gregory Masaki Jenkins, and Shanti Bardot. Founded in 2014 with the purpose of performing at the Northern California Renaissance Faire, Arcana has a unique aesthetic that acknowledges history while representing a blend of regions associated with the spice trade routes. Within one show, you will experience elements of the Balkans, North Africa, India, and the Bay Area.
This performance will feature dancers Shanti Bardot, Laura Elisabeth and Kendra Michelle with saxophonist Joey Friedman, percussionist Faisal Zedan, clarinetist Travis Hendrix and Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal producer Peter Bonos on trumpet.

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