The Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal Presents Orchestra Euphonos with Ionela Guzic (Romania) and Kef (on tour from Eugene, Oregon) for an EXTRA bacchanal in March.
Friday, March 29
The Starry Plough Pub
3101 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA
Doors at 8:00pm; Show at 9:00pm. Admission: $12-15 at the door. Kitchen closes at 10:00 pm (ages 21+ thereafter)
Joined by folk singer Ionela Guzic, Orchestra Euphonos presents a special program of traditional Romanian music featuring vocalist Ionela Guzic trumpeter and bandleader Peter Bonos, Balder ten Cate on cimbalom, accordionist Zina Pozen, clarinetist Asaf Ophir, drummer Ivan Velev, violinst Matthew Stein, guitarist Yağız Şen & bassist Leo Suarez.
Ionela Guzic is a talented young singer and a rising star in the world of Romanian traditional music. She has performed with many iconic musicians from Romania (e.g., Ansamblu Doina Gorjului, Ionica Minune, Cristinel Turturica) and Moldova (e.g,. Lautarii din Chisinau, Fratii Stefanet). Ionela was born in Targu Jiu (Romania), and graduated from the Music Department in Craiova. She has received numerous awards at national and international folk music competitions. In 2015, Ionela published “Spune-mi mamă ce e doru”, an album of songs that represent the beauty of the folklore from the Gorj region where she grew up. The album was received with widespread acclaim, was featured on many radio and television stations in Romania, and helped launch Ionela’s international career, including tours in the United States. Ionela’s second album is set to be released in August 2019.
Orchestra Euphonos is a Bay Area-based Eastern European folk and klezmer band, performing traditional music from Moldova and Romania. Their performances are joyous occasions filled with wild takes on old favorites, group improvisations and more than a few opportunities to dance. Ionela first met with Orchestra Euphonos in early 2018, when she was visiting California to perform for the Romanian community.
Kef is Eugene’s own Balkan dance band. Focusing on music from Bulgaria and Macedonia, their repertoire is equally suitable for a folk dance or a late night party. With two trumpets in tight harmony, they cover the sound of Romani (“gypsy”) and Macedonian Greek brass bands on the one hand, while on the mellower side their accordion, cello and guitar players can create a relaxed texture beneath beautiful vocal melodies, all with the solid driving pulse of a drummer adept in the many and varied rhythms of Balkan music.