Berkeley Dec 2/Edessa & Brass Menagerie with Joe Graziosi REMINDER
- From: Rachel MacFarlane <merakli@...>
Don't forget, a great high-energy double bill dance evening at the Ashkenaz
on Tues., December 2!
The wonderful Joe Graziosi will be teaching dancing starting at 7:30; show
starts at 8:30.
1317 San Pablo Ave. (at Gilman)
Together more than a decade, Edessa performs folk dance music of Macedonia,
Bulgaria, Albania and Greece, some of it from the band's debut CD, "Edessa &
Friends." Edessa (named after a town in northern Greece) calls its style
"Balkan without borders...music from an area that has been a cultural
crossroads for centuries." The ensemble features Dan Auvil (tupan, doumbek,
defi), George Chittenden (clarinet, saxophone, guitar), Ari Langer (violin)
and Lise Liepman (accordion, santouri, kanun, tambourine).
In the realm of Balkan music, Brass Menagerie is the Bay Area's leading
Balkan brass band, purveying horns-out-front, high-energy, sometimes
stretchy, very danceable music of Serbia, Greece, and Macedonia. The nine
musicians have been together over two years, although most have played in
other Balkan bands far longer. Their experience brings a mature and
authentic sound to Brass Menagerie. The band is: Peter Jaques (clarinet,
sax, trumpet), Eric Oberthaler (trumpet), Mary Farris (clarinet, sax), Larry
Leight (trombone), Randy Trigg (accordion, baritone), Rachel MacFarlane
(vocals, baritone), Jeff Garaventa (sousaphone), Michele Simon (tapan), Tom
Farris (various percussion)
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