June Bacchanal: MWE, Mano Cherga, Aya & Tano

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Friday, June 9th, the Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal Presents MWE, Mano Cherga and Aya & Tano

The June edition of the Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal presents a three-part concert featuring the rare worldly talent of local Bay Area musicians. The Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal is a notoriously raucous marathon of music and dance at the Starry Plough on the second Friday of every month.


558976_10152131433498092_1036104729_nThe Starry Plough Pub 3101 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley CA
Doors at 8:00pm; Show at 9:00pm
Admission is $10-20 sliding scale
21+ after 10pm (kitchen closes then)


MWE

MWE Performing at the Starry Plough

Performing at 11:00pm

Based in San Francisco, CA, MWE puts a modern and eclectic twist on Turkish and Balkan folk music. As a five member acoustic wind ensemble, MWE plays traditional and original songs with the rarely paired clarinet and the double-reeded zurna.  Add one more clarinet, a saxophone , and a davul (a shoulder slung marching drum), and you’re about the closest to heavy metal you can get without amplification.  MWE’s shows are loud, wild, and raucous affairs known for drawing entire audiences to their feet in one song or less.

Gregory Masaki Jenkins, Morgan Nilsen: clarinet
Calvin Lai: zurna
Teddy Raven: sax and kaval
Sean Tergis: percussion

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Mano Cherga

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The Mano Cherga Band ( Beodan Miric- vocals and guitar, Yevgeniy Sverdlik- upright bass, Alexander Goldshtrakh- accordion, Haluk Kecelioglu- violin and oud and Edwin Meares- drums ) started performing around the Bay Area nearly 8 years a go. The band’s repertoire consists of contemporary and traditional tunes from Ex Yugoslavia, stressing mostly on the “Romani King”- Saban Bajramovic, then Goran Bregovic, Tozovac along the Hungarian, Vallachian, Macedonian, Croatian and Greek popular tunes as well, singing on more then 6 languages. Along the popular “covers”,  the band plays their original songs. Besides the obvious Balkan soulful feel and energy, unintentionally, yet obviously, Mano Cherga flirts with the popular styles and genres such as: Jump Blues and Swing from the 40’s, the 50’s Rock’n Roll and Chicago blues, British invasion, Surf and Skiffle from the 60’s, the 70’s funk and punk, 80’s and 90’s rock and metal etc. The band focuses on the theatrical, live performance representing the Serbian club scene and wedding euphoria by presenting the upbeat, steamy tempos and hypnotic Balkan rhythms along the catchy melodies and fierce violin, guitar and oud solos. Special guest for the June’s BBB is Balder ten Cate, who will join Mano Cherga on the accordion.


Aya and Tano

Back to the Bacchanal in a new iteration, we welcome back the potent creativity and beautiful harmonies of Aya Tano Band! Aya Davidson and Tano Brock are a Bay Area based duo of young musicians that perform Albanian, Greek, and Romani music. They started building their repertoire together during their travels through Eastern Europe in 2015. They will be joined onstage for this performance with Dan Cantrell on Accordion and Sean Tergis on Drums.

Tano Brock is a 21 year-old artist, composer, Tano.jpegproducer, multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and performer. Brought up in a traveling musical family, Tano was introduced to the world of music at a young age. His first instrument was the “doumbek” (a Middle Eastern drum) which he started at age 6. He started studying piano at age 7, and at age 12 began teaching himself guitar. At age 13 he taught himself how to digitally record and produce music, which began his career as a composer/producer. He then continued to expand his array of instruments, adding saxophone/clarinet at age 13, bass and oud at 16, and laouto at 18.
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ayaviolin.jpegAya Safiya (Vocals & Violin) was born in into a richly musical household and intercultural community. She grew up constantly embraced by multi-cultural music, including music from: Egypt, Spain, Turkey, India, Japan, Brazil, Cuba and beyond. Growing up, she was especially involved with Greek culture. Over the years she built up her traditional Greek repertoire and polished her Greek styling. Now, while continuing to deepen her understanding of Greek music, she is studiously revisiting traditional musics from all over the world, as well as composing originals in the styles of Pop and Electro-acoustic. She is native to and currently resides in the Bay Area.
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Watch Video of Aya and Tano Band live in their previous set at the Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal.

May Bacchanal: Orchestra Euphonos, Hadi Dede and Moonshine Jelly

Friday, May 12th, 2017
Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal Presents
Orchestra Euphonos
Hadi Dede
Moonshine Jelly

The Starry Plough Pub 3101 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley CA
Doors at 8:00pm; Show at 9:00pm
Admission is $10-20 sliding scale
21+ after 10pm (kitchen closes then)

The May edition of the Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal presents a three-part concert featuring the rare worldly talent of local Bay Area musicians. The Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal is a notoriously raucous marathon of music and dance at the Starry Plough on the second Friday of every month.

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Performing at 11:00pm: Orchestra Euphonos is a Bay Area-based Eastern European folk and klezmer band. Their uplifting sound is characterized by a brass and woodwind melodic front line. Orchestra Euphonos performs songs and melodies from Bessarabia and the Balkans. Their performances are joyous occasions filled with wild takes on old favorites, group improvisations and more than a few opportunites to dance.
This performance will feature
Peter Bonos (trumpet), Zina Pozen (accordion), Yagiz Sen (guitar) Asaf Ophir (woodwinds), Travis Hendrix (bass, clarinet), Juliana Frick (bass), Jack Hanley & Ivan Velev (percussion)

Performing at 10:00pm: Hadi Dede (Come on, Grandpa!) is a four-piece band revitalizing eclectic repertoire from the Balkans and the Middle East, centered in Turkey. Watch out if they try to be too splendid on stage, and warn them gently if they lose touch. Join us for an entrancing musical expedition from Azerbaijan through Turkey to Macedonia. At times, they will sound like the Ottoman Navy Band, at times like a jam band, and at times like a Bulgarian wedding band. Hadi Dede are Jarolim ‘Yaz’ from Istanbul, on guitar, bouzouki, and vocals, Joey Friedman from Albuquerque on sax, Faisal Zedan, from Syria,
on Derbakki, Riqq, frame drums, and Calvin Lai, from Glendale, CA on clarinet. Hadi!

Performing at 9:00pm: Moonshine Jelly
Power-house acoustic duo Moonshine Jelly consists of violinist and vocalist Lee Corbie-Wells, and guitarist and filmmaker Kent Kessinger, plus special guest Zina Pozen on accordion. The band adds contemporary context to ancient folk songs and tunes of Eastern Europe, Celtic countries and the British Isles, and the Americas. With their intimate voices and performance intensity, this up-and-coming band is not only reviving but transforming traditional musics of the world.

April Bacchanal: Radio Istanbul, Meraklii & Hadi Dede

Friday, April 14th, 2017
Starry Plough Pub
3101 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley CA

Doors at 8:00pm; Show at 9:00pm
Admission is $10-20 sliding scale
21+ after 10pm (kitchen closes then)

March’s edition of the Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal presents a three-part concert featuring the rare worldly talent of local Bay Area musicians. The Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal is a notoriously raucous marathon of music and dance at the Starry Plough on the second Friday of every month.

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Performing at 11:00pm: Radio Istanbul combines a traditional Istanbul sound with modern sensibilities. Inspired by the diverse music heard in the streets, bars and nightclubs of Turkey, Radio Istanbul’s hypnotic melodies and driving rhythms draw on Turkish, Rom (Gypsy), Balkan, and Arabic grooves. Radio Istanbul is led by the Turkish-American, SF resident Haluk Kecelioglu on oud and vocals and features some of most exciting local musicians including Gregory Masaki Jenkins, Sean Tergis, Schuyler Karr, and Faisal Zedan and will be featuring a special guest vocalist from NYC, Jenny Luna of Dolunay.
https://www.facebook.com/Radio-Istanbul-513730842106218/

Performing at 10:00pm: 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. Ensemble Meraklii grew out of his Balkan and Romani Ensemble music/singing workshop at the Berkeley Jazz School.
https://www.facebook.com/BalkanEnsembleMeraklii/

Performing at 9:00pm: Hadi Dede (Come on, Grandpa!) is a four-piece band revitalizing eclectic repertoire from the Balkans and the Middle East, centered in Turkey. Watch out if they try to be too splendid on stage, and warn them gently if they lose touch. Join us for an entrancing musical expedition from Azerbaijan through Turkey to Macedonia. At times, they will sound like the Ottoman Navy Band, at times like a jam band, and at times like a Bulgarian wedding band. Had Dede are Jarolim ‘Yaz’ from Istanbul, on guitar, bouzouki, and vocals, Joey Friedman from Albuquerque on sax, Faisal Zedan, from Syria,
Derbakki, Riqq, frame drums, and Calvin Lai, from Glendale, CA on clarinet. Hadi!

March Bacchanal: BFD, Tak Tak Boom, & Helios

Balkalicious Fire Drive
Tak Tak Boom
Helios

Starry Plough Pub
3101 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705
Doors at 8pm
Music at 9pm
Admission is $10-20 sliding scale
21+ after 10pm (kitchen closes then)

March’s edition of the Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal presents a three-part concert featuring the rare worldly talent of local Bay Area musicians. The Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal is a notoriously raucous marathon of music and dance at the Starry Plough on the second Friday of every month.

Headlining the Bacchanal, back by popular demand is Balkalicious Fire Drive (or BFD). With searing instrumentals and sultry, gut-wrenching vocals soaring over hard-hitting grooves, BALKALICIOUS FIRE DRIVE rocks you with the raw and intoxicating energy, sound and spirit of the Balkans. Band members are infused with long and vibrant histories from the Bay Area world music scene and beyond. They are: Leslie Bonnett on vocals and violin; Stuart Brotman on bass, Shea Comfort on clarinet, and Haig Kassabian on percussion and Yagiz Ali Šen on guitar.

We are proud to welcome for the first time, the mighty trio Tak Tak Boom, featuring the familiar faces of George Chittenden, Calvin Lai, and Sean Tergis of Edessa and MWE. They’ll hit the floor for an up close and thrilling set of the best Balkan zurna tunes sure to get you up and dancing. They go on at 10pm.

Opening the night (at 9pm), we are pleased to bring back the Helios Band. They have delighted audiences at Greek Festivals and weddings throughout the west coast with their infectious harmonies and make each performance a truly special and memorable event. They just released their debut CD, From Dusk Till Dawn in the Fall of 2016!

January Bacchanal: Via Romen, Aya Tano Band & Alex Hand Band

jan17revii-copyJanuary’s edition of the Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal presents an eclectic pairing of new local Balkan combos and from NYC/Russia, special feature Vadim Kolpakov performing in Via Romen Duo. The Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal is a notoriously raucous marathon of music and dance at the Starry Plough on the second Friday of every month.

Doors at 8pm
Music at 9pm
Admisison is $10-20 sliding scale
21+ after 10pm (kitchen closes then)

We are ecstatic to present for the first time at the Bacchanal, Via Romen! Founded in 2004, Via Romen has performed to glowing reviews across North America and has established itself as the continent’s premier Russian-Romany (Gypsy) group. Nuevo Russian–Romany Music is a new style, the original creation of Via Romen members. Drawn from a vast repertoire originating in Eastern and Western Europe and enriched by jazz, Jewish, and Latino styles, this music is modern, innovative, fresh and often deeply emotional. Founder and artistic director Vadim Kolpakov (Russian seven-string guitar, dance and vocals) will lead a band of master musicians from all over the world.

Back to the Bacchanal in a new iteration, we welcome back the potent creativity and beautiful harmonies of Aya Tano Band! Aya Davidson and Tano Brock are a Bay Area based duo of young musicians that perform Albanian, Greek, and Romani music. They started building their repertoire together during their travels through Eastern Europe in 2015. Aya sings and plays violin, and Tano sings and plays saxophone, clarinet, and they’ll be joined by Dan Cantrell on accordion, Sean Tergis on percussion and Johnnie Gilmore on bass.

Also making their first Bacchanal appearance, we are proud to present the Alex Hand Band! 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, who has traveled to the Balkans to study folk music, is involved with various projects in the Bay Area’s Balkan and jazz manouche scenes, including Istanbul Connection. Backing him up will be the all-star Bay Area cast of Lewis Patzner on cello, Kevin Gerzevitz on accordion, and Valentino on drum kit.

December Bacchanal

Friday, December 9, 2016
BALKALICIOUS FIRE DRIVE

ORKESTAR RADACINA
GHOST NOTE ENSEMBLE
Starry Plough Pub in Berkeley
3101 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705

December’s edition of the Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal presents an eclectic lineup of three bands from the far reaches of Bay Area for a marathon of folk music traditions from all over Eastern Europe. The Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal is a notoriously raucous Balkan party bringing together local musicians and audiences at the Starry Plough on the second Friday of every month.

Doors at 8:00pm
Music at 9:00pm
Admission is $10-20 sliding scale
21+ after 10pm (as kitchen closes)

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With searing instrumentals and sultry, gut-wrenching vocals soaring over hard-hitting grooves, Balkalicious Fire Drive rocks you with the raw and intoxicating energy, sound and spirit of the Balkans. Band members are infused with long and vibrant histories from the Bay Area world music scene and beyond. They are: Leslie Bonnett on vocals and violin; Stuart Brotman on bass, Shea Comfort on clarinet, and Haig Kassabian on percussion.

13699954_1093186984052492_2791720256963968181_nWe welcome back Orchestar Radacina, Sonoma’s hot new Balkan brass band to the Bacchanal. Orkestar Radacina plays Balkan Brass music with a funky twist. Founded in January 2015 in rural Northern California, Radacina’s nine members (trumpets, clarinets, trombone, baritone horn, sousaphone, bari sax and percussion) practice in the back of an old barn, surrounded by goats, llamas, and chickens. Sometimes the goats even sing along.

13882224_842931840898_9109285916110140062_n.jpeg And up first, we’re looking forward to the return of the Ghost Note Ensemble. Ghost Note Ensemble weaves music from Hungarian, Moldavian, Ukrainian, and Jewish folk traditions into a tuneful time traveled tapestry, a requiem for borders of future past.

November Bacchanal

Friday, November 11th, 2016
The Berkeley Bacchanal Presents
Mano Cherga

Helios
Balkanton 340

The Starry Plough, 3101 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley CA

Doors at 8pm; Music at 9pm
Admission: $10-20 sliding scale
Kitchen closes at 10:00 pm (21+ thereafter)

The third installment of the Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal’s 2016-17 season presents a triple-threat rapid fire sampling of the bay area’s finest Balkan groups in a frenzy of music and dance to kick off your marathon weekend.

mano-chergaMano Cherga are regulars at the Bacchanal, and for good reason – their unique “Roma folk party band” sound and wild energy will make you want to throw back some slivovitz and hit the dance floor!

Beodan Miric: guitar, lead vocals
Yevgeniy Sverdlik: bass guitar
Sasha: accordion
Ed Meares: drums
Haluk Kecelioglu: violin, oud

By contrast, this is the first Bacchanal appearance by Helios Greek Band, and it happens to be their CD release party! They have delighted audiences at Greek Festivals and weddings throughout the west coast with their infectious harmonies and make each performance a truly special and memorable event.

heliosMichael Garibaldi: percussion, vocals
Gregory Masaki Jenkins: clarinet, vocals
George Mavroudis: guitar, vocals
Irene Mavroudis: vocals, percussion
Michael Mavroudis: bass, bouzouki, vocals
Lefteri Tsakle: violin, bouzouki

Kicking off the night is Balkanton 340, bringing you the unique traditional sounds of the folk instruments gaida, gadulka, kaval and tupan played by the Bay Area’s most exciting veterans of Bulgarian music, and joined for the first time by Bacchanal regular Ivan Velev.

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Hector Bezanis: gajda
Dena Bjornlie: gadulka
Rumen Sali Shopov: percussion, tambura
Ivan Velev: kaval, percussion
Alex Hand: Tambura

October Bacchanal

Friday, October 14th, 2016
MWE w/Peter Jaques (11:00pm)
La Pêche (10:00pm)
Orchestra Euphonos (9:00pm)

Admission: $10-15; Doors at 8:00pm
Starry Plough Pub 3101 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA

The second installment of the Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal’s 2016-17 season presents a triple-threat rapid fire sampling of the bay area’s finest balkan groups in a frenzy of music and dance to kick off your marathon weekend.

Orchestra Euphonos opens the show with Peter Bonos incorporating recent additions, vocalist Samantha Shokin and none other than Ivan Velev on drums. Next up, Paul Bertin is back with the newest incarnation of local favorites La Pêche. And to top it off, MWE blares once again with Peter Macrae Jaques and bacchanal instigator Gregory Masaki Jenkins at the helm.


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Yes, their name is enigmatic, but MWE’s magical sounds are no mystery…a Middle-Eastern marching band consisting of one zurna, one davul, one saxophone, and two clarinets and 1 million decibels! The MWE experience is an all-out, crazy dance party for your ears and your feet!

Gregory Masaki Jenkins, Morgan Nilsen, Peter Jaques: clarinets
Calvin Lai: zurna
Teddy Raven: sax and kaval
Sean Tergis: percussion


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To have “La Pêche” is French for being in a particularly good mood and great form ; and that’s what the quintet immediately conveys with their furiously fun blend of Balkan-inspired melodies. Combining a solid foot in traditional musics from Romania to Turkey with funkier grooves and heavy bass lines, the band has created a highly unique and energetic sound.

Paul Bertin – Sax
Morgan Nilsen – Clarinet
Dusty Brough – Guitar
Andrew Cohen – Helicon
Sean Tergis – Percussion


EuphonosATrev.jpgOrchestra Euphonos plays folk music of Eastern Europe, focusing on the common styles of dances played by the Jews and Roma in Moldova. For this performance, Euphonos will bring you a few Lautari horas, Romanian laments, a Ukrainan waltz and even a Russian Tango.

Peter Bonos: trumpet
Asaf Ophir: clarinet, sax, flute
Travis Hendrix: clarinet
Samantha Shokin: voice
Zina Pozen: accordion
Ivan Velev: Tupan
Juliana Frick: bass