Extra March Bacchanal!

The Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal Presents Orchestra Euphonos with Ionela Guzic (Romania) and Kef (on tour from Portland) for an EXTRA bacchanal in March.

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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.

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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.

26734315_1990110121260155_1722528075109664827_nOrchestra 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_2009_08_11aKef 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.

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March 8 Bacchanal

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Friday, March 8, 2019
The Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal Presents
Fanfare Zambaleta (10:15 pm)
Balkanton 340 (9 pm)

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)

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Feb. 8, 2019 Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal

Friday, February 8, 2019
The Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal presents Alaturca Connection and Giorgos Frantzeskakis and Giorgos Stratakis

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)

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The Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal presents a new rotation of bands the Starry Plough Pub on the second Friday of every month. Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal is a concert series featuring the other-worldy talent of musicians from the Bay Area and beyond performing Eastern European folk music. A hub in the Bay Area Balkan music scene, the bacchanal provides a platform for a community of performers, folk dancers, regular attendants and new friends to revel together every month since 2011.

Alaturca Connection (9 pm)

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Alaturca Connection is a Turkish music band  formed by Bay Area’s widely acclaimed musicians. Each band member brings musical depth and years of experience in playing a broad repertoire of classical, folkloric and contemporary Turkish, Balkan and Roman songs. They perform regularly at community events, weddings, and shows at various San Francisco venues. The band has also been an active supporter of social projects including underprivileged girls’ education and organizes an annual event called Gelecege Sarkilar (Songs for the Future) on March 2, 2019 to support the cause.


Giorgos Frantzeskakis and Giorgos Stratakis (10:30 pm)

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Boasting supreme musical talent and intuition, harmonizing voices, and upbeat tempo. The young duo of Giorgos Frantzeskakis (violin) and Giorgos Stratakis (Cretan laouto) has become growingly popular throughout the island of Crete, and especially within their native area of Hania (Western Crete).

December Bacchanal

Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal
At the Starry Plough Pub presents…

The Keepers (11 pm)
Alex Hand Band (10 pm)
Baymele (9 pm)

Friday, December 14
The Starry Plough, 3101 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA

Doors at 8:00pm; Show at 9:00pm.
$10 presale tickets are available online
$12-15 sliding scale at the door
Kitchen closes at 10:00 pm (ages 21+ thereafter)
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The Keepers start with a bedrock of traditional Arabic beats by brother Faisal Zedan, add a layer of impeccable accordion by Dan Cantrell, and finish it off with a harmonious frenzy of horns by Joey and Calvin Lai.

 

With a setlist that ranges from Bulgarian wedding tunes to hot club jazz, the Alex Hand Band mines the common ground between swing and Eastern European folk dance music–the soundtrack of Western music moving across Balkan borders and being changed by European village music. Alex Hand is a guitarist, currently based in the San Francisco area. Alex’s musical journey has taken him from classic rock and punk to classical guitar, jazz and the Django Reinhardt tradition.
Bay Area klezmer trio Baymele (“little tree” in Yiddish) brings together fiddler Matthew Stein, cellist Misha Khalikulov, and accordionist Dmitri Gaskin. Cultivating and celebrating Ashkenazi Jewish musical identity, their repertoire includes Jewish and co-territorial tunes from Romania, Poland, and Ukraine, Yiddish folk song, Jewish art music, and new compositions and improvisation.

 

November 9th Bacchanal

Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal
At the Starry Plough Pub

Balkan Ensemble Meraklii
Helios Greek Band

Friday, November 9
The Starry Plough, 3101 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA

Doors at 8:00pm; Show at 9:00pm.
$10 presale tickets are available online
$12-15 sliding scale at the door
Kitchen closes at 10:00 pm (ages 21+ thereafter)
RSVP for Facebook Event

The Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal presents a new rotation of bands the Starry Plough Pub on the second Friday of every month. Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal is a concert series featuring the other-worldy talent of musicians from the Bay Area and beyond performing Eastern European folk music. A hub in the Bay Area Balkan music scene, the bacchanal provides a platform for a community of performers, folk dancers, regular attendants and new friends to revel together every month since 2011.

Balkan Ensemble Meraklii

Bay Area-based Balkan Ensemble Merkalii & Rumen Sali Shopov pick you up and spin you around with their energetic Balkan and Romani dance tunes! Rumen Sali Shopov is an internationally acclaimed musician, arranger and band leader who has inspired many local musicians and groups. Balkan Ensemble Meraklii grew out of his Balkan and Romani Ensemble music/singing workshop at the Berkeley Jazz School.

RMerakliiumen Sali Shopov – band leader, percussion, vocals
Helena Alexander – vocals
Jesse Stremski – saxophone
David Solnit – clarinet
Mike Margulis – trumpet
Sharon Grodin – accordion
Evan Stuart – bass

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Helios Greek Band

The Helios Band is one of the most versatile Greek bands in Northern California, playing traditional Rembetika, Laika, Nissiotika, Demotika and Modern Greek music. Helios has performed at Greek Festivals throughout the western U.S. and has also performed at celebrity weddings in the Bay Area. The outstanding musicianship and vocals of the Helios Band members make each performance a truly special and memorable event.

13327593_1683125508367514_2054582640656445911_nMichael Mavroudis – bass, bouzouki, vocals
Michael Garibaldi – keyboards, vocals
Lefteri Tsacle – violin
Irene Mavroudis – lead vocals
George Mavroudis – guitar, bass, vocals
Greg Jenkins – clarinet

October Bacchanal

Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal
At the Starry Plough Pub

La Pêche
Mahala
George & Nikolas Parisis

Friday, October 12
The Starry Plough, 3101 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA

Doors at 8:00pm; Show at 9:00pm.
$10 presale tickets are available online
$12-15 sliding scale at the door
Kitchen closes at 10:00 pm (ages 21+ thereafter)

Facebook Event

The Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal presents a new rotation of bands the Starry Plough Pub every month. Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal is a concert series featuring the other-worldy talent of musicians from the Bay Area and beyond performing Eastern European folk music on the second Friday of the month. A hub in the Bay Area Balkan music scene, the bacchanal provides a platform for a community of performers, folk dancers, regular attendants and new friends to revel together every month since 2011.


La Pêche

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To have “La Pêche” is French for being in a particularly good mood and great form ; a feeling the band immediately conveys with its fiery energy and unique sound, taking roots in traditional musics from Eastern Europe and the Balkans. Born in 2012 out of a residency at the legendary Café Revolution in San Francisco, La Pêche quickly grew under Saxophonist Paul Bertin’s direction to become one of the most original players in the California Balkan scene. Always reinventing itself while paying respect towards traditional music, La Pêche brings out the juiciness of melodies old and new in a dazzling feast for the ears!


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Mahala

Mahala is a new collaborative project, bringing together some of the finest musicians from the local Bay Area Balkan music scene. We will bring you traditional as well as original music in the traditional and Lautari Romanian and Moldavian style.

Andrew Cohen (accordion), Annie Cilley (violin), Balder ten Cate (cimbalom), Matthew Stein (violin), Travis Hendrix (bass)


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George & Nikolas Parisis grew up in Lodi, CA and have played traditional Greek folk music from the island of Crete for over a decade. Both brothers play mandolino, however George is a highly skilled laouto player and Nikolas excels at the Cretan Lyra. They are self taught since age 14 and currently George works as a science teacher while Nikolas is a medical student.

August 10 Bacchanal

 

Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal
At the Starry Plough Pub

Dan Cantrell
Book of J

Friday, August 10
The Starry Plough, 3101 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA

Doors at 8:00pm; Show at 9:00pm; Kitchen closes at 10:00 pm (Ages 21+ thereafter)
Admission: $10+

The August Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal showcases the other-worldly talent of renown local musicians reinterpreting traditional folk music from Eastern Europe with a groundbreaking new sound.

Dan Cantrell-2-1024x683Dan Cantrell is an Emmy-award winning composer and multi-instrumentalist who has emerged as one of the most virtuosic and well-known American accordionists.  Dan’s music can also be heard accompanying individual dance choreographers and performers on stage and in film. Dan is appreciated by audiences and collaborators his love for the idiosyncratic and flawed beauty found in live acoustic performance and his exploration of haunting and mysterious ambient sound textures.

Book of JBook of J is the collaboration of singer-guitarist Lockwood and Charming Hostess vocalist Eisenberg. According to The New Yorker, Book of J is “an affecting duo with an expansive musical landscape encompassing gothic Yiddish songs, Piedmont blues, and queer politics. Both musicians have deep roots in Jewish music: Lockwood grew up singing in the High Holidays choir of his grandfather, a renowned cantor, while Eisenberg continues to lead the experimental, politically-minded Jewish vocal group Charming Hostess.” And the SJ Mercury News describes Book of J as “weird in all the best ways.” Read more

Jewlia Eisenberg is a musician and composer working at the intersection of voice, text and diaspora consciousness.  Her music is mostly released with John Zorn’s Tzadik label on the Radical Jewish Culture imprint. Her installation work has been curated into the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco and the Museum of Peace in Uzbekistan; she performs regularly in Europe and the Americas. She has been a visiting artist at CalArts, MIT, the University of Chicago and the University of Colorado.

Jeremiah Lockwood has played around the world from Montreal Jazz to the Festival au Desert in Timbuktu, Mali, as the leader of The Sway Machinery and as the guitarist in the Balkan Beat Box. Jeremiah was a recipient of a Six Points Fellowship for Emerging Jewish Artists, an Artist-in-Residence for the Forward and a Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra Composer Fellow.  He is currently completing a PhD on Khasidic cantorial music at Stanford University.

July 13 Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal

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Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal presents
Mano Cherga (11 pm)
Alex Hand (10 pm)
Jerusafunk (9 pm)
Doors at 8:00pm; Admission: $10+
Kitchen closes at 10:00 pm (Ages 21+ thereafter)

At the Starry Plough Pub 3101 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA
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The Mano Cherga Band‘s repertoire consists of contemporary and traditional tunes from Ex Yugoslavia, drawing to a great extent on the body of work of the Romani Music King Saban Bajramovic, as well as Goran Bregovic, Tozovac, and a mix of Hungarian, Vallachian, Macedonian, Croatian and Greek tunes, singing in more than six languages. Its lively performances transport the audience to the kafanas of former Yugoslavia with upbeat, steamy tempos, hypnotic Balkan rhythms, catchy melodies, and fierce violin, guitar, and oud solos.

Beodan Miric- vocals and guitar, Yevgeniy Sverdlik- upright bass, Alexander Goldshtrakh- accordion, Haluk Kecelioglu- violin and oud and Edwin Meares- drums

Alex Hand is a guitarist, currently based in the San Francisco area. Alex’s musical journey has taken him from classic rock and punk to classical guitar, jazz and the Django Reinhardt tradition. Recently back from studying in Eastern Europe, he’s been focusing on European folk styles, including Bulgarian, Romanian and Irish. New for 2018 is the Alex Hand Band’s debut album, “Traders of the Lost Arts,” available on iTunes, Spotify and Bandcamp.

Alex Hand: guitar
Gabe Case: bass
Isaac Schwartz: drums
Kevin Gerzevitz: accordion

Jerusafunk is Phoenix’s first and only Klezploitation band! Conceived in 2010 by Chris Del Favero (guitar) and Jessie Demaree (clarinet), the nine-piece ensemble seamlessly blends traditional Klezmer with American Funk and other world music genres such as Jazz, Salsa, Samba, Bossa Nova, Cumbia, and Afrobeat.

Chris Del Favero- guitar/vox
Jessie Demaree- clarinet/vox
Alan Acosta- alto/flute/clarinet
Elliott Fox- tenor
Saul Millan- trombone
Zack Parker- guitar/ slide guitar
Bailey Zick- bass guitar
Connor Sample- drums/ percussion
Jeremy Lentz- drums/ percussion

June 8 Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal

Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal
Friday, June 8, 2018
Fanfare Zambaleta
Orchestra Euphonos
Saul Goodman’s Klezmer Band
Doors at 8:00pm, Show at 9:00pm
The Starry Plough Pub, 3101 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA
Admission: $10+ at the door

The Keepers start with a bedrock of traditional Arabic beats by brother Faisal Zedan, add a layer of impeccable accordion by Dan Cantrell, and finish it off with a harmonious frenzy of horns by Joey and Calvin Lai.

With a setlist that ranges from Bulgarian wedding tunes to hot club jazz, the Alex Hand Band mines the common ground between swing and Eastern European folk dance music–the soundtrack of Western music moving across Balkan borders and being changed by European village music. Alex Hand is a guitarist, currently based in the San Francisco area. Alex’s musical journey has taken him from classic rock and punk to classical guitar, jazz and the Django Reinhardt tradition.
Bay Area klezmer trio Baymele (“little tree” in Yiddish) brings together fiddler Matthew Stein, cellist Misha Khalikulov, and accordionist Dmitri Gaskin. Cultivating and celebrating Ashkenazi Jewish musical identity, their repertoire includes Jewish and co-territorial tunes from Romania, Poland, and Ukraine, Yiddish folk song, Jewish art music, and new compositions and improvisation.