Zlatne Uste Golden Festival - January 13-14, 2017 in Brooklyn, NY

Event Schedule 2015

Friday, January 16, 2015

7 pmdoors open

7:30 pm – Dance workshop w/ live music

7:30- 7:55 – Pontic Firebird
7:55- 8:20Cherven Traktor
8:20- 8:45Zlatne Uste Brass Band

8:45 – 12:30 pmDance party w/ live music!

8:45-9:30Zlatne Uste
9:30- 10:15Cherven Traktor
10:15-11:00 – Pontic Firebird
11:00- 11:45Raya Brass Band
11:45-12:30 – Kavala

More great events

Have a look at the Golden Festival pre-and-after parties event list.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

6pm – 2am! 4+ stages! 60+ bands!

Ballroom: Main Floor
Atrium: Main Floor adjacent to ballroom
Chopin Room: 1st Floor
Rainbow Room: 3rd Floor
Grand View Room: 4th Floor curated jam space

Note: Schedule subject to change

  • Schedule

    StartVenueGroup NameDescriptionMembers
    6:00AtriumNY Bulgarian Women's Choir Yasna VoicesYasna Voices is a joyful choir with a passion for ensemble harmony and Bulgarian folk traditions, singing village style songs and choral arrangements.Diana Djibirova, Elyse Dubin, Jane Carver, Maria Bee, Melinda Hunt, Michelle Sui, Morana Mesci, Nedyalko Ketev, Petya Maglova, Shelley Thomas, Sina Heiss, Valentina Kvasova, Vlada Tomova
    6:00BallroomBalkan Mind MeldTraditional dance music from the Southern BalkansGawain Thomas, Lysander Jaffe, Zoe Christiansen
    6:00ChopinČoček NationYouth ensemble originating at the East Coast Balkan Music & Dance Workshops (www.eefc.org), plays mixed Balkan repertoire. Superstars of the future!Sarah Ferholt, Emily Geller, Don Godwin, Dalia Kropf, Ella Fine, Becki Marcus, Aaron Kisslinger, Anna Goldberg, Felicia Goldberg, Peter Sieck, Arianna Harris, Zuvuya Talley, Trace Hybertson, Jesse Shearer, Sophie Kropf, Milutin, Nathan Wolman, Elizabeth Dargie, Ellen Cooper, Katy Tanzer, Lubomir, Marta Barthalomew, Stacey Sternberg, Robby Jenkins.
    6:00RainbowThe Fiddling TwinsTwo violins playing Swedish music.Catherine Foster, Leslie Foster Foley
    6:20RainbowTurkuHigh energy traditional Turkish folk musicBehyar Behipour, Carla Monnich, Farzad Farhangi, Kazuki Kozuru-Salifoska, Ted Monnich
    6:25AtriumThe Village VoicesExceptional old style songs of the Balkans: magnificent two-voiced songs of Pirin and istria, and melismatic ballads of N. Bulgaria, Dobrudzha, ThraceCarol Freeman, Emil, Jen Chapin, Ruth Orlowicz, Vasil Vasilev
    6:30Ballroom101 Kaba Gaidi New York101 KABA GAIDI NY is a project of the non profit cultural organization YBVNY. It's goal is to teach the art of playing the Bulgarian KABA GAIDA.Kalin Kresnitchki, Nedyalko Ketev, Yana Kalinkova, Zora Boyadhzieva, Petya Maglova,Evgeni Ninov, Kalina Kirkbride,Iva Kalinkova, Jenifer Rahneva, Sofia Georgieva , Konstatin Yanchev , Lora Stanisheva, Ali Jordanova, Matei Kirkbride, Damyan Yanchev, Yana Stanisheva, Alex Dotov, Dinyo Iantchev, Ivailo Kuchev, Kalin Kresnitchki, Kamen Kresnitchki, Nedyalko Ketev, Ralph Knag, Richmond Johnston, Todor Todorov, Tsvetomila Valcheva, Valentin Nikolov, Bonnie Silver, Chavdar Dobranov, Elyse Dubin, Kalin Kopachev, Michelle Weller, Sarah Tanzer
    6:30ChopinPowder KegPowder Keg Premium Balkan Band is an inevitable confluence of traditional folk styles from the central Balkans with undercurrents of New Orleans jazzAshley Blum, Ben Fox, Benjamin Miller, Brett Brothwell, Kirk Duplantis, Matthew Schreiber, Pete Olynciw, Steven Pilcher
    6:45BallroomMichael Winograd & the Honorable MentshnKlezmer dance set with a big orchestra joined by some of NYC's finest klezmer musicians and dancers.Aaron Alexander,Adam Moss,Ariane Morin,Avi Fox-Rosen,Avia Moore,Daniel Blacksber,Deborah Strauss,Don Godwin, Frank London, Jake Shulman-Ment, Keryn Kleiman, Lauren Brody, Ljova Zhurbin, Michael Winograd, Patrick Farrell, Pete Rushefksy, Zisl Slepovitch
    6:45Grand ViewZlatne Uste, Friends and FamilyEveryone who has ever played with ZU or in the EEFC Balkan Camp Brass Band Class.Jam leader: Michael Ginsburg
    6:50RainbowNivaNiva is a 4 woman band that plays traditional Macedonian izvorna, with a special focus on multivoiced singing.Bridget Robbins, Corinna Snyder, Emily Geller, Kristina Vaskys
    6:55AtriumMavrothi KontanisA blend of traditional music from Greece and Turkey and original songs inspired by the sounds of the Aegean Sea.Mavrothi Kontanis
    7:00ChopinMWEMWE plays loud and intense dance party music from Turkey and the Balkans combining the classic zurna and davul pairing with clarinets and saxophone.Calvin Lai, Greg Jenkins, Morgan Nilsen, Sean Tergis, Teddy Raven
    7:15BallroomRalph and FriendsBulgarian and Macedonian dance musicDean Brown, Henry Goldberg, Ralph Iverson
    7:15Grand ViewYoung Bulgarian Voices NY children choir
    7:20RainbowCatherine Foster Brass BandBalkan brassCatherine Foster, Emily Geller, Eva Boodman, Hannah Temple, Helen Marx, Jackie Coleman, Lily Paulina, Marian Eines
    7:25AtriumNightingale TrioThe Nightingale Trio is a women's vocal ensemble that helps promote and preserve the uncommon sounds and rhythms of the Balkans and Eastern Europe.Nila Bala, Rachel LaViola, Sarah Larsson
    7:25BallroomOrk. Balkan ExpressAKA Ork. Zlatni Makedoncinja. Modernized Traditional Macedonian, Albanian, Serbian, and Romani music in a modern and exciting way.Aleksandar Dimitrovski, Onur Edipov, Orhan Edipov
    7:30ChopinOrkestar BAM!Orkestar BAM is Yale's premier Balkan band, playing music from Albania, Serbia, Turkey, and beyond.Adam Waite, Anna Rose Gable, Avi Allison, Ben Kline, Beth Tellman, Carson Evans, Eric Boodman, Justine Cefalu, Maclovia Quintana, Maya Averbuch
    7:30Grand ViewBi-annual Balkan Buddtime15 musicians of Brooklyn and Ann Arbor unite
    7:40RainbowStella Haskil Tribute EnsembleMagnificent 1940's Greek Rebetika songs of legendary songstress Stella Haskil (aunt to our own Avram Pengas.)Avram Pengas, Beth Bahia Cohen, Carol Freeman, Christina Mitrakos, Eleni Zaharopoulos, Ellen Knopf, Gladys Comeau, Laura Pannaman, Lauren Brody, Nick Mandoukas, Ramona Kohrs, Seido Salifoski
    7:55AtriumSheritaAn acoustic quartet playing original music born out of the sounds of Macedonia, Turkey, Greece, Albania and the Middle East.Adam Good, Greg Squared, Renee Bergan, Rima Fand
    7:55BallroomVeveritse Brass BandMacedonian style brass band.Don Godwin, Emily Geller, Eva Boodman, J.R. Hankins, Lily Paulina, Luke Schneiders, Matt Moran, Patrick Farrell, Quince Marcum, Sarah Ferholt, Nick Mauro
    8:00ChopinHarris Brothers Balkan BandHeavily influenced by Balkan Roma bands, our lean, mobile style recreates the authentic, intimate experience of dancing face-to-face with musiciansBen Thomas, Brian Slattery, Drew Harris, Helen Marx, Melinda Fields, Tamberlaine Harris
    8:00Grand ViewDance Songs Sing-alongDance related songs such as Pjevaj mi pjevaj, sokole and Shano dushoOpen Jam led by John Parrrish: Dance simple dances to the music of your own singing, lyrics provided
    8:05RainbowLauren Brody's Accordion BytesBulgarian, Serbian, Romanian, Macedonian folk music for listening and dancingAlan Zemel, Jerry Kisslinger, Lauren Brody, Morgan Clark, Paul Brown
    8:20AtriumZulalZulal a cappella trio weaves Armenian folk melodies in intricate arrangements, true to the rural roots but with a sophisticated lyricism and energy.Anaí¿s Tekerian, Teni Apelian, Yeraz Markarian
    8:30BallroomSergiu Popa & Balkan Camp OrkestraGypsy-Balkano-Middle East muzika, and wedding music from Eastern Europe. Music of Eastern Europe in gypsy style, travelling through the Balkans, Turkey and touching on Arabic or Arabesque. Bill Cope, Eva Salina Primack, Seido Salifoski, Sergiu Popa
    8:30ChopinBalkan FieldsBulgarian and pan-Balkan. Fresh, joyful dance tunes featuring accordion and violin/gadulka, plus exciting vocals by Melinda Hunt.Dean Brown, Henry Goldberg, Melika Fitzhugh, Melinda Fields, Melinda Hunt, Ralph Iverson
    8:30Grand ViewFenyes Band and invited guestsCouple dances of Hungary and Transylvania, perhaps line dances
    8:30RainbowLitvakusLitvakus brings back to vibrant life and recreates two endangered East European musical traditions, Litvak Jewish and Belarusian.Craig Judelman, Joshua Camp, Sam Weisenberg, Taylor Bergren-Chrisman, Zisl Slepovitch
    8:45AtriumZingeray!Unaccompanied solo traditional Yiddish song. Each singer in the group will sing one or two songs from his/her repertory.Carol Freeman, Esther Gottesman, Ethel Raim, Itzik Gottesman, Janet Leuchter, Josh Waletzky, Michael Alpert, Paula Teitelbaum, Sarah-Mina Gordon
    9:00BallroomNikolay KolevTraditional Bulgarian Folk Music on Gadulka.Nikolay Kolev
    9:00ChopinZurli DrustvoAuthentic Macedonian Zurla Team playing compelling version of folkdance melodies. Paired horns producing big harmonics to a driving tupan beat.Drew Harris, Jerry Kisslinger, Tamberlaine Harris
    9:00Grand ViewGreek EpirotikaVocals and laouto - Vasilis Kostas, violin- Beth Bahia Cohen, and percussion - TBA
    9:00RainbowCazmaTambu Turbo Folk.Chris Lambrix, Raczar Lopatic, Rob Lambrix, Steve Grasa
    9:15AtriumYale Women's Slavic ChorusFounded in 1969, we are a group primarily of undergraduate students - we sing the beautiful songs of Eastern Europe and the Balkans.Amanda Crego-Emley, Athena Wheaton, Ayanna Woods, Camille Labarre, Charlotte Finegold, Chihiro Isozaki, Jana Lohrova, Justine Cefalu, Maria Maier, Olivia Gunton, Ruby Bilger, Sonya Levitova
    9:30BallroomRomashkaRoma music from Russia, Romania & more, with singer Inna Barmash and fiery musicians on violin, viola, accordion, trumpet, clarinet/sax, tuba, drums.Ben Holmes, Chris Stromquist, Inna Barmash, Jake Shulman-Ment, Jeff Perlman, Ljova Zhurbin, Patrick Farrell, Ron Caswell
    9:30ChopinAmir Vahab EnsembleSufi Songs of Love; Persian & Turkish Folk Music featuring the Ney: mystical flute Saz: long neck lute Daf: large frame drum associated with SufisAmir Vahab, Gail, Yvette
    9:30Grand ViewGaida ElectriqueElectric/ Trad Bulgarian danceMatt Darriau, Yosie Fruchter, Avi Fox-Rose, Chris Stromquist, Michelle Alany, Katie Down, Seido Salifoski
    9:30RainbowSouren Baronian and FriendsNear EasternLee Baronian, Paul Brown, Polly Tapia Ferber, Robert Boghosian, Souren Baronian
    9:40AtriumSupruliTraditional Georgian polyphonic singing.Vaiva Aglinskas, Andrew Broaddus, Suzanne Clare, Brian Dolphin, Dennis Demakos, Elena Belan, Ezra Fischer, Ezra Halleck, Faten Kanaan, Sarah Kessler, Jay Laubscher, Jordan Lewis, Carl Linich, Jay Longan, Julia Read, Kira Topik, Marina Kaganova, Michelle Sui, Robert Scott
    _10:00ChopinRaya Brass BandSoul shaking, border defying dance music informed by their love for the fierce and seductive music of the Balkans as it is by New Orleans brass bands, punk rock and out jazz.Ben Syversen, Don Godwin, Greg Squared, Matthew "Max" Fass, Nezih Antakli, Rich Stein
    _10:00Grand ViewOpen Jam with Gaida ElectriqueBring in your idea or melody and we may make it work! Emphasis on improvising within a Balkan modal and rhythmic spirit = fun!Open Jam led by Matt Darriau Paradox=at=sprynet.com
    _10:05BallroomWest Philadelphia OrchestraBalkan-inspired 14-piece brass band ensemble. Traditional and original compositions; creating dance parties since 2006.Adam Hershberger, Chad Brown, Dan Nosheny, David Fishkin, Elliott Levin, Francois Zayas, Gregg Mervine, Hayley Varhol, Jack Ohly, Jim Parker, Koofreh Umeron, Larry Goldfinger, Larry Toft, Mike D'Avino, Patrick Hughes, Petia Zamfirova, Steve Duffy
    _10:10AtriumBlack Sea HotelBlack Sea Hotel creates a haunting and spellbinding harmonic blend with their intricate, original arrangements of traditional Balkan folk songs.Sarah Small, Shelley Thomas, Willa Roberts
    _10:10RainbowOdglasiOdglasi (Echoes) is a recently formed NYC band that plays traditional Macedonian music, from Izvorna to Chalgija to Starogradska..Adam Good, Bridget Robbins, Corinna Snyder, Jerry Kisslinger, Marjorie Seldon, Vedran Boskovski
    _10:30ChopinTipsy OxcartTipsy Oxcart plays electric, sweaty, bumpinŒÍ Balkan music that infuses the sounds of South-Eastern Europe with elements of funk, rock and jazz.Ayal Tsubery, Connell Thompson, Dani Danor, Jeremy Bloom, Maya Shanker
    _10:30Grand ViewKaba gajda jam/Rhodope sing-alongLarge group singing and dancing to sounds of massed Bulgarian Rhodope kaba gaidas (large bagpipes! ) Song words provided.Open jam led by Henry Goldberg henrybgoldberg=at=gmail.com
    _10:40AtriumSanda Weigl & BandAccompanied by her new band Sanda takes the Romanian songs she grew up hearing on the streets of Bucharest to a truly revolutionary level.Branco Brinarsky, Eleonore Weill, Jake Shulman-Ment, Peter Stan, Sanda Weigl
    _10:40BallroomAvram PengasWorld musicAvram Pengas , Elysa Sunshine, Nick Mandoukos, Seido Salifoski
    _10:40RainbowLoretta KelleyNorwegian hardingfele music for dancingLoretta Kelley
    _11:00ChopinGogofskiReal Balkan. Heavily Macedonian. Lesno, chocek, devetorka, beranche, pajdushko, pravo. In front of you on the floor.Dave Golber, Henry Goldberg, Kasia Sokalla, Tom Pixton
    _11:00Grand ViewOpen Jam: Traditional East European klezmer & Yiddish song as a jumping off pointAll instruments. players should have some familiarity with Yiddish music repertoire, or the desire to integrate their music into a klezmer context.Open jam led by Frank London frank=at=klezmatics.com
    _11:10AtriumSlaveyaWomen's vocal ensemble sings folk songs of Eastern Europe and Caucasus Georgia. Their CD, On the Village Square is available on cdbaby.Agnieszka Christian, Anne Harrison, Beth Bienvenue, Betsy Platt, Carol Baker, Helen Fedor, Jennifer Lee, Karen Chittenden, Mary Farrah, Miriam Rollins, Thea Austin, Tzvety Weiner
    _11:10RainbowBlato ZlatoBlato Zlato ("Swamp Gold") is a collaboration between New Orleans bands G String Orchestra & Pyeya, combining 3-part harmony + energetic instrumentalsAnnalisa Kelly, Ian Cook, Julia Michaels, Pete Olynciw, Ruby Ross, Sarah Jacques
    _11:15BallroomZlatne UsteFestival hosts Zlatne Uste Brass BandBelle Birchfield, Catherine Foster, Don Godwin, Emerson Hawley, Emily Geller, Gary Zema, Jerry Kisslinger, Marian Eines, Matt Smith, Melinda Hunt, Michael Ginsburg, Morgan Clark, Sarah Ferholt, Seido Salifoski, Tamberlaine Harris
    _11:30ChopinBlack MasalaBrassy DC based multicultural outfit Black Masala is part of the new generation of brass bands and puts on an amazing, high-energy live show!Duff Davis, Kirsten Warfield, Kristen Long, Matt Hotez, Mike Ounallah, Monty Montgomery, Steven Cunnigham, Tomas Drgon, Yannick LePage
    _11:30Grand ViewOpen Jam: Dance music of Romania and TransylvaniaPredominately fiddles & other bowed stringed instruments with others welcome. Link to scores/recording on requestOpen jam led by Loretta Kelley LorettaKelley=at=fanitull.org
    _11:35AtriumSvitanyaEastern European Balkan Women's Vocal Ensemble.Anne Ehrhart, Ashley Altar, Chrissy Steele, Kimberly DiMattia, Leela Ehrhart, Petia Zamfirova, Susan Anderson
    _11:35RainbowDolunayDolunay plays the songs of the people of Turkish descent who lived across Rumeli, the southern Balkan region of the Ottoman Empire.Adam Good, Eylem Basaldi, Jenny Luna, Polly Tapia Ferber
    _12:00BallroomSazet BandHigh-octane dance music from the Balkans... famous pieces that are played in Macedonia, Serbia, Romania, and Bulgaria, fused with a New York style of arrangements by Romeo Kurtali.Romeo Kurtali, Kurt Kurtali, Amdi, Ernie, Lanti, Ferdi
    _12:00Chopin
    _12:00Grand ViewMacedonian izvoren jamAll izvoren instrument players welcome. Scores and MP3s at: http://balkantunes.org/music/izvorenOpen jam led by Bill Cope
    _12:05RainbowFenyes BandaHungarian and Transylvanian folkdance musicClaire Bright, Gyorgy Kalan, Janos Perge, Katalin Harsaczki, Michelle Solyom, Raul Rothblatt, Zoltan Solyom
    _12:20ChopinOrnamatikOrnamatik fuses their own Motown Michigan soul and backbeat funk tradition with old world magic of Balkan music and dance traditions.Ben Rolston, Bethanni Grecynski, Darrin Greenawalt, Derek Worthington, Drew Schmieding, Eric Schweizer
    _12:30BallroomSlavic Soul Party!Balkan Funk Brass BandChris Stromquist, John Carlson, Kenny Warren, Matt Moran, Matt Musselman, Peter Hess, Peter Stan, Ron Caswell, Tim Vaughn
    _12:30Grand ViewArabic Maqam call-and-response jam/classLearn some Arabic Maqam scales by singing or playing along! Open to all vocalists & instrumentalists. www.maqamlessons.comOpen jam/class led by Sami Shumays abushumays=at=hotmail.com
    _12:30RainbowScott Wilson & EfendiTurkish, Greek, Armenian Folk dance/belly dance musicAlexis Simone, Aysha, Bob Godfried, Carmine Guida, Casey Bond, Jim Nordstrom, Pat Miller, Scott Wilson
    _12:50ChopinRalph and FriendsBulgarian and Macedonian dance musicDean Brown, Henry Goldberg, Ralph Iverson
    __1:00BallroomPontic FirebirdWe play Western Pontic (Black Sea) Greek dance musicAdam Good, Beth Bahia Cohen, Jerry Kisslinger, Paul Brown
    __1:00ChopinWind of AnatoliaTurkish folk and contemporary music.Berra Beyoglu, Esat Seyho, Eugene DiGranimo, Evrim Cicek, Fatih Bayram, Hayal Hanim, Ian Kenselaar, Ismail siglam, Jeff Heller, Rami ElAasser
    __1:00Grand ViewBalkan/Romanian Accordion jam with Sergiu PopaPlay along by ear or just listen
    __1:00RainbowBSL TrioMusic of the Balkans. Bulgarian, Macedonian, Romanian, Serbian folk and original compositions with jazz influence.Brad Shepik, lanti muncin, Seido Salifoski
    __1:30BallroomWhat Cheer? BrigadeThe What Cheer? Brigade is a 20 piece punk brass band from Providence. Our sound is an aggressive mix of Bollywood, The Balkans, Klezmer, and Samba.Brian St. Pierre, Jori Ketten, Norlan Olivo, CJ Jimenez, William Schaff, Daniel Schleifer, Gregory Burbank, Joey DeFrancesco, Michael Jeffries, Tal Gur, Johanna Walczak, Chris Erway, Hannah Zoll, Nathan Bergmann-Dean, Nathan Wolman, Evan Desautels, Jesse Teixeira, Larry Mauk, Mitchell Barys, Jack MacAuliffe, Sarah Thomas, Nick Horton, Katie Zmed
    __1:30ChopinChoban ElektrikPsychedelic trad. Balkan fusionDave Johnsen, Eva Salina Primack, Jesse Kotansky, Jordan Shapiro, Phil Kester
  • Alphabetical Band List

    StartVenueGroup NameDescriptionMembers
    _12:00Chopin
    6:00ChopinČoček NationYouth ensemble originating at the East Coast Balkan Music & Dance Workshops (www.eefc.org), plays mixed Balkan repertoire. Superstars of the future!Sarah Ferholt, Emily Geller, Don Godwin, Dalia Kropf, Ella Fine, Becki Marcus, Aaron Kisslinger, Anna Goldberg, Felicia Goldberg, Peter Sieck, Arianna Harris, Zuvuya Talley, Trace Hybertson, Jesse Shearer, Sophie Kropf, Milutin, Nathan Wolman, Elizabeth Dargie, Ellen Cooper, Katy Tanzer, Lubomir, Marta Barthalomew, Stacey Sternberg, Robby Jenkins.
    6:30Ballroom101 Kaba Gaidi New York101 KABA GAIDI NY is a project of the non profit cultural organization YBVNY. It's goal is to teach the art of playing the Bulgarian KABA GAIDA.Kalin Kresnitchki, Nedyalko Ketev, Yana Kalinkova, Zora Boyadhzieva, Petya Maglova,Evgeni Ninov, Kalina Kirkbride,Iva Kalinkova, Jenifer Rahneva, Sofia Georgieva , Konstatin Yanchev , Lora Stanisheva, Ali Jordanova, Matei Kirkbride, Damyan Yanchev, Yana Stanisheva, Alex Dotov, Dinyo Iantchev, Ivailo Kuchev, Kalin Kresnitchki, Kamen Kresnitchki, Nedyalko Ketev, Ralph Knag, Richmond Johnston, Todor Todorov, Tsvetomila Valcheva, Valentin Nikolov, Bonnie Silver, Chavdar Dobranov, Elyse Dubin, Kalin Kopachev, Michelle Weller, Sarah Tanzer
    9:30ChopinAmir Vahab EnsembleSufi Songs of Love; Persian & Turkish Folk Music featuring the Ney: mystical flute Saz: long neck lute Daf: large frame drum associated with SufisAmir Vahab, Gail, Yvette
    _12:30Grand ViewArabic Maqam call-and-response jam/classLearn some Arabic Maqam scales by singing or playing along! Open to all vocalists & instrumentalists. www.maqamlessons.comOpen jam/class led by Sami Shumays abushumays=at=hotmail.com
    _10:40BallroomAvram PengasWorld musicAvram Pengas , Elysa Sunshine, Nick Mandoukos, Seido Salifoski
    __1:00Grand ViewBalkan/Romanian Accordion jam with Sergiu PopaPlay along by ear or just listen
    8:30ChopinBalkan FieldsBulgarian and pan-Balkan. Fresh, joyful dance tunes featuring accordion and violin/gadulka, plus exciting vocals by Melinda Hunt.Dean Brown, Henry Goldberg, Melika Fitzhugh, Melinda Fields, Melinda Hunt, Ralph Iverson
    6:00BallroomBalkan Mind MeldTraditional dance music from the Southern BalkansGawain Thomas, Lysander Jaffe, Zoe Christiansen
    7:30Grand ViewBi-annual Balkan Buddtime15 musicians of Brooklyn and Ann Arbor unite
    _11:30ChopinBlack MasalaBrassy DC based multicultural outfit Black Masala is part of the new generation of brass bands and puts on an amazing, high-energy live show!Duff Davis, Kirsten Warfield, Kristen Long, Matt Hotez, Mike Ounallah, Monty Montgomery, Steven Cunnigham, Tomas Drgon, Yannick LePage
    _10:10AtriumBlack Sea HotelBlack Sea Hotel creates a haunting and spellbinding harmonic blend with their intricate, original arrangements of traditional Balkan folk songs.Sarah Small, Shelley Thomas, Willa Roberts
    _11:10RainbowBlato ZlatoBlato Zlato ("Swamp Gold") is a collaboration between New Orleans bands G String Orchestra & Pyeya, combining 3-part harmony + energetic instrumentalsAnnalisa Kelly, Ian Cook, Julia Michaels, Pete Olynciw, Ruby Ross, Sarah Jacques
    __1:00RainbowBSL TrioMusic of the Balkans. Bulgarian, Macedonian, Romanian, Serbian folk and original compositions with jazz influence.Brad Shepik, lanti muncin, Seido Salifoski
    7:20RainbowCatherine Foster Brass BandBalkan brassCatherine Foster, Emily Geller, Eva Boodman, Hannah Temple, Helen Marx, Jackie Coleman, Lily Paulina, Marian Eines
    9:00RainbowCazmaTambu Turbo Folk.Chris Lambrix, Raczar Lopatic, Rob Lambrix, Steve Grasa
    __1:30ChopinChoban ElektrikPsychedelic trad. Balkan fusionDave Johnsen, Eva Salina Primack, Jesse Kotansky, Jordan Shapiro, Phil Kester
    8:00Grand ViewDance Songs Sing-alongDance related songs such as Pjevaj mi pjevaj, sokole and Shano dushoOpen Jam led by John Parrrish: Dance simple dances to the music of your own singing, lyrics provided
    _11:35RainbowDolunayDolunay plays the songs of the people of Turkish descent who lived across Rumeli, the southern Balkan region of the Ottoman Empire.Adam Good, Eylem Basaldi, Jenny Luna, Polly Tapia Ferber
    _12:05RainbowFenyes BandaHungarian and Transylvanian folkdance musicClaire Bright, Gyorgy Kalan, Janos Perge, Katalin Harsaczki, Michelle Solyom, Raul Rothblatt, Zoltan Solyom
    8:30Grand ViewFenyes Band and invited guestsCouple dances of Hungary and Transylvania, perhaps line dances
    9:30Grand ViewGaida ElectriqueElectric/ Trad Bulgarian danceMatt Darriau, Yosie Fruchter, Avi Fox-Rose, Chris Stromquist, Michelle Alany, Katie Down, Seido Salifoski
    _11:00ChopinGogofskiReal Balkan. Heavily Macedonian. Lesno, chocek, devetorka, beranche, pajdushko, pravo. In front of you on the floor.Dave Golber, Henry Goldberg, Kasia Sokalla, Tom Pixton
    9:00Grand ViewGreek EpirotikaVocals and laouto - Vasilis Kostas, violin- Beth Bahia Cohen, and percussion - TBA
    8:00ChopinHarris Brothers Balkan BandHeavily influenced by Balkan Roma bands, our lean, mobile style recreates the authentic, intimate experience of dancing face-to-face with musiciansBen Thomas, Brian Slattery, Drew Harris, Helen Marx, Melinda Fields, Tamberlaine Harris
    _10:30Grand ViewKaba gajda jam/Rhodope sing-alongLarge group singing and dancing to sounds of massed Bulgarian Rhodope kaba gaidas (large bagpipes! ) Song words provided.Open jam led by Henry Goldberg henrybgoldberg=at=gmail.com
    8:05RainbowLauren Brody's Accordion BytesBulgarian, Serbian, Romanian, Macedonian folk music for listening and dancingAlan Zemel, Jerry Kisslinger, Lauren Brody, Morgan Clark, Paul Brown
    8:30RainbowLitvakusLitvakus brings back to vibrant life and recreates two endangered East European musical traditions, Litvak Jewish and Belarusian.Craig Judelman, Joshua Camp, Sam Weisenberg, Taylor Bergren-Chrisman, Zisl Slepovitch
    _10:40RainbowLoretta KelleyNorwegian hardingfele music for dancingLoretta Kelley
    _12:00Grand ViewMacedonian izvoren jamAll izvoren instrument players welcome. Scores and MP3s at: http://balkantunes.org/music/izvorenOpen jam led by Bill Cope
    6:55AtriumMavrothi KontanisA blend of traditional music from Greece and Turkey and original songs inspired by the sounds of the Aegean Sea.Mavrothi Kontanis
    6:45BallroomMichael Winograd & the Honorable MentshnKlezmer dance set with a big orchestra joined by some of NYC's finest klezmer musicians and dancers.Aaron Alexander,Adam Moss,Ariane Morin,Avi Fox-Rosen,Avia Moore,Daniel Blacksber,Deborah Strauss,Don Godwin, Frank London, Jake Shulman-Ment, Keryn Kleiman, Lauren Brody, Ljova Zhurbin, Michael Winograd, Patrick Farrell, Pete Rushefksy, Zisl Slepovitch
    7:00ChopinMWEMWE plays loud and intense dance party music from Turkey and the Balkans combining the classic zurna and davul pairing with clarinets and saxophone.Calvin Lai, Greg Jenkins, Morgan Nilsen, Sean Tergis, Teddy Raven
    7:25AtriumNightingale TrioThe Nightingale Trio is a women's vocal ensemble that helps promote and preserve the uncommon sounds and rhythms of the Balkans and Eastern Europe.Nila Bala, Rachel LaViola, Sarah Larsson
    9:00BallroomNikolay KolevTraditional Bulgarian Folk Music on Gadulka.Nikolay Kolev
    6:50RainbowNivaNiva is a 4 woman band that plays traditional Macedonian izvorna, with a special focus on multivoiced singing.Bridget Robbins, Corinna Snyder, Emily Geller, Kristina Vaskys
    6:00AtriumNY Bulgarian Women's Choir Yasna VoicesYasna Voices is a joyful choir with a passion for ensemble harmony and Bulgarian folk traditions, singing village style songs and choral arrangements.Diana Djibirova, Elyse Dubin, Jane Carver, Maria Bee, Melinda Hunt, Michelle Sui, Morana Mesci, Nedyalko Ketev, Petya Maglova, Shelley Thomas, Sina Heiss, Valentina Kvasova, Vlada Tomova
    _10:10RainbowOdglasiOdglasi (Echoes) is a recently formed NYC band that plays traditional Macedonian music, from Izvorna to Chalgija to Starogradska..Adam Good, Bridget Robbins, Corinna Snyder, Jerry Kisslinger, Marjorie Seldon, Vedran Boskovski
    _11:30Grand ViewOpen Jam: Dance music of Romania and TransylvaniaPredominately fiddles & other bowed stringed instruments with others welcome. Link to scores/recording on requestOpen jam led by Loretta Kelley LorettaKelley=at=fanitull.org
    _11:00Grand ViewOpen Jam: Traditional East European klezmer & Yiddish song as a jumping off pointAll instruments. players should have some familiarity with Yiddish music repertoire, or the desire to integrate their music into a klezmer context.Open jam led by Frank London frank=at=klezmatics.com
    _10:00Grand ViewOpen Jam with Gaida ElectriqueBring in your idea or melody and we may make it work! Emphasis on improvising within a Balkan modal and rhythmic spirit = fun!Open Jam led by Matt Darriau Paradox=at=sprynet.com
    7:25BallroomOrk. Balkan ExpressAKA Ork. Zlatni Makedoncinja. Modernized Traditional Macedonian, Albanian, Serbian, and Romani music in a modern and exciting way.Aleksandar Dimitrovski, Onur Edipov, Orhan Edipov
    7:30ChopinOrkestar BAM!Orkestar BAM is Yale's premier Balkan band, playing music from Albania, Serbia, Turkey, and beyond.Adam Waite, Anna Rose Gable, Avi Allison, Ben Kline, Beth Tellman, Carson Evans, Eric Boodman, Justine Cefalu, Maclovia Quintana, Maya Averbuch
    _12:20ChopinOrnamatikOrnamatik fuses their own Motown Michigan soul and backbeat funk tradition with old world magic of Balkan music and dance traditions.Ben Rolston, Bethanni Grecynski, Darrin Greenawalt, Derek Worthington, Drew Schmieding, Eric Schweizer
    __1:00BallroomPontic FirebirdWe play Western Pontic (Black Sea) Greek dance musicAdam Good, Beth Bahia Cohen, Jerry Kisslinger, Paul Brown
    6:30ChopinPowder KegPowder Keg Premium Balkan Band is an inevitable confluence of traditional folk styles from the central Balkans with undercurrents of New Orleans jazzAshley Blum, Ben Fox, Benjamin Miller, Brett Brothwell, Kirk Duplantis, Matthew Schreiber, Pete Olynciw, Steven Pilcher
    7:15BallroomRalph and FriendsBulgarian and Macedonian dance musicDean Brown, Henry Goldberg, Ralph Iverson
    _12:50ChopinRalph and FriendsBulgarian and Macedonian dance musicDean Brown, Henry Goldberg, Ralph Iverson
    _10:00ChopinRaya Brass BandSoul shaking, border defying dance music informed by their love for the fierce and seductive music of the Balkans as it is by New Orleans brass bands, punk rock and out jazz.Ben Syversen, Don Godwin, Greg Squared, Matthew "Max" Fass, Nezih Antakli, Rich Stein
    9:30BallroomRomashkaRoma music from Russia, Romania & more, with singer Inna Barmash and fiery musicians on violin, viola, accordion, trumpet, clarinet/sax, tuba, drums.Ben Holmes, Chris Stromquist, Inna Barmash, Jake Shulman-Ment, Jeff Perlman, Ljova Zhurbin, Patrick Farrell, Ron Caswell
    _10:40AtriumSanda Weigl & BandAccompanied by her new band Sanda takes the Romanian songs she grew up hearing on the streets of Bucharest to a truly revolutionary level.Branco Brinarsky, Eleonore Weill, Jake Shulman-Ment, Peter Stan, Sanda Weigl
    _12:00BallroomSazet BandHigh-octane dance music from the Balkans... famous pieces that are played in Macedonia, Serbia, Romania, and Bulgaria, fused with a New York style of arrangements by Romeo Kurtali.Romeo Kurtali, Kurt Kurtali, Amdi, Ernie, Lanti, Ferdi
    _12:30RainbowScott Wilson & EfendiTurkish, Greek, Armenian Folk dance/belly dance musicAlexis Simone, Aysha, Bob Godfried, Carmine Guida, Casey Bond, Jim Nordstrom, Pat Miller, Scott Wilson
    8:30BallroomSergiu Popa & Balkan Camp OrkestraGypsy-Balkano-Middle East muzika, and wedding music from Eastern Europe. Music of Eastern Europe in gypsy style, travelling through the Balkans, Turkey and touching on Arabic or Arabesque. Bill Cope, Eva Salina Primack, Seido Salifoski, Sergiu Popa
    7:55AtriumSheritaAn acoustic quartet playing original music born out of the sounds of Macedonia, Turkey, Greece, Albania and the Middle East.Adam Good, Greg Squared, Renee Bergan, Rima Fand
    _11:10AtriumSlaveyaWomen's vocal ensemble sings folk songs of Eastern Europe and Caucasus Georgia. Their CD, On the Village Square is available on cdbaby.Agnieszka Christian, Anne Harrison, Beth Bienvenue, Betsy Platt, Carol Baker, Helen Fedor, Jennifer Lee, Karen Chittenden, Mary Farrah, Miriam Rollins, Thea Austin, Tzvety Weiner
    _12:30BallroomSlavic Soul Party!Balkan Funk Brass BandChris Stromquist, John Carlson, Kenny Warren, Matt Moran, Matt Musselman, Peter Hess, Peter Stan, Ron Caswell, Tim Vaughn
    9:30RainbowSouren Baronian and FriendsNear EasternLee Baronian, Paul Brown, Polly Tapia Ferber, Robert Boghosian, Souren Baronian
    7:40RainbowStella Haskil Tribute EnsembleMagnificent 1940's Greek Rebetika songs of legendary songstress Stella Haskil (aunt to our own Avram Pengas.)Avram Pengas, Beth Bahia Cohen, Carol Freeman, Christina Mitrakos, Eleni Zaharopoulos, Ellen Knopf, Gladys Comeau, Laura Pannaman, Lauren Brody, Nick Mandoukas, Ramona Kohrs, Seido Salifoski
    9:40AtriumSupruliTraditional Georgian polyphonic singing.Vaiva Aglinskas, Andrew Broaddus, Suzanne Clare, Brian Dolphin, Dennis Demakos, Elena Belan, Ezra Fischer, Ezra Halleck, Faten Kanaan, Sarah Kessler, Jay Laubscher, Jordan Lewis, Carl Linich, Jay Longan, Julia Read, Kira Topik, Marina Kaganova, Michelle Sui, Robert Scott
    _11:35AtriumSvitanyaEastern European Balkan Women's Vocal Ensemble.Anne Ehrhart, Ashley Altar, Chrissy Steele, Kimberly DiMattia, Leela Ehrhart, Petia Zamfirova, Susan Anderson
    6:00RainbowThe Fiddling TwinsTwo violins playing Swedish music.Catherine Foster, Leslie Foster Foley
    6:25AtriumThe Village VoicesExceptional old style songs of the Balkans: magnificent two-voiced songs of Pirin and istria, and melismatic ballads of N. Bulgaria, Dobrudzha, ThraceCarol Freeman, Emil, Jen Chapin, Ruth Orlowicz, Vasil Vasilev
    _10:30ChopinTipsy OxcartTipsy Oxcart plays electric, sweaty, bumpinŒÍ Balkan music that infuses the sounds of South-Eastern Europe with elements of funk, rock and jazz.Ayal Tsubery, Connell Thompson, Dani Danor, Jeremy Bloom, Maya Shanker
    6:20RainbowTurkuHigh energy traditional Turkish folk musicBehyar Behipour, Carla Monnich, Farzad Farhangi, Kazuki Kozuru-Salifoska, Ted Monnich
    7:55BallroomVeveritse Brass BandMacedonian style brass band.Don Godwin, Emily Geller, Eva Boodman, J.R. Hankins, Lily Paulina, Luke Schneiders, Matt Moran, Patrick Farrell, Quince Marcum, Sarah Ferholt, Nick Mauro
    _10:05BallroomWest Philadelphia OrchestraBalkan-inspired 14-piece brass band ensemble. Traditional and original compositions; creating dance parties since 2006.Adam Hershberger, Chad Brown, Dan Nosheny, David Fishkin, Elliott Levin, Francois Zayas, Gregg Mervine, Hayley Varhol, Jack Ohly, Jim Parker, Koofreh Umeron, Larry Goldfinger, Larry Toft, Mike D'Avino, Patrick Hughes, Petia Zamfirova, Steve Duffy
    __1:30BallroomWhat Cheer? BrigadeThe What Cheer? Brigade is a 20 piece punk brass band from Providence. Our sound is an aggressive mix of Bollywood, The Balkans, Klezmer, and Samba.Brian St. Pierre, Jori Ketten, Norlan Olivo, CJ Jimenez, William Schaff, Daniel Schleifer, Gregory Burbank, Joey DeFrancesco, Michael Jeffries, Tal Gur, Johanna Walczak, Chris Erway, Hannah Zoll, Nathan Bergmann-Dean, Nathan Wolman, Evan Desautels, Jesse Teixeira, Larry Mauk, Mitchell Barys, Jack MacAuliffe, Sarah Thomas, Nick Horton, Katie Zmed
    __1:00ChopinWind of AnatoliaTurkish folk and contemporary music.Berra Beyoglu, Esat Seyho, Eugene DiGranimo, Evrim Cicek, Fatih Bayram, Hayal Hanim, Ian Kenselaar, Ismail siglam, Jeff Heller, Rami ElAasser
    9:15AtriumYale Women's Slavic ChorusFounded in 1969, we are a group primarily of undergraduate students - we sing the beautiful songs of Eastern Europe and the Balkans.Amanda Crego-Emley, Athena Wheaton, Ayanna Woods, Camille Labarre, Charlotte Finegold, Chihiro Isozaki, Jana Lohrova, Justine Cefalu, Maria Maier, Olivia Gunton, Ruby Bilger, Sonya Levitova
    7:15Grand ViewYoung Bulgarian Voices NY children choir
    8:45AtriumZingeray!Unaccompanied solo traditional Yiddish song. Each singer in the group will sing one or two songs from his/her repertory.Carol Freeman, Esther Gottesman, Ethel Raim, Itzik Gottesman, Janet Leuchter, Josh Waletzky, Michael Alpert, Paula Teitelbaum, Sarah-Mina Gordon
    _11:15BallroomZlatne UsteFestival hosts Zlatne Uste Brass BandBelle Birchfield, Catherine Foster, Don Godwin, Emerson Hawley, Emily Geller, Gary Zema, Jerry Kisslinger, Marian Eines, Matt Smith, Melinda Hunt, Michael Ginsburg, Morgan Clark, Sarah Ferholt, Seido Salifoski, Tamberlaine Harris
    6:45Grand ViewZlatne Uste, Friends and FamilyEveryone who has ever played with ZU or in the EEFC Balkan Camp Brass Band Class.Jam leader: Michael Ginsburg
    8:20AtriumZulalZulal a cappella trio weaves Armenian folk melodies in intricate arrangements, true to the rural roots but with a sophisticated lyricism and energy.Anaí¿s Tekerian, Teni Apelian, Yeraz Markarian
    9:00ChopinZurli DrustvoAuthentic Macedonian Zurla Team playing compelling version of folkdance melodies. Paired horns producing big harmonics to a driving tupan beat.Drew Harris, Jerry Kisslinger, Tamberlaine Harris

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