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

Event Schedule 2016

Friday, January 15, 2016

7 pmdoors open

7:30 pm – Dance workshop w/ Stephen Kotansky & live music by:

7:30 – Edessa
7:55 – Zlatne Uste
8:20 – Cherven Traktor

8:45 – Balkan music and dance in the main ballroom

8:45 – Zlatne Uste
9:40 – Edessa
10:35 – Cherven Traktor
11:30 – Raya Brass Band

Saturday, January 16, 2016

5:30 pmdoors open

6pm – 2am! 4+ stages! 60+ bands!

Ballroom: Main Floor
Atrium: Main Floor beyond food area
Chopin Room: 1st Floor
Rainbow Room: 3rd Floor
Grand View Room: 4th Floor scheduled and impromptu jam space (30 min. limit if other groups are waiting)

Complete Saturday Night Schedule

Click on table headers to sort by time, venue or band
Note: Schedule subject to change

StartVenueGroup NameDescriptionMemberlist
6:00BallroomChochek NationA stellar ensemble of young musicians, born at the EEFC Balkan Camp, ages 10 to 30, who play together with joy and incredible focus. Cocek.Aaron Kisslinger, Anna Goldberg, Arianna Harris, Becki Marcus, Daniel Schleifer, Elizabeth Dargie, Ella Fine, Ellen Cooper, Felicia Goldberg, Joseph Benomar, Kat Harris, Katy Tanzer, Lily Paulina, Milutin Dobrijevic, Nathan Wolman, Niko Long, Robbie Jenkins, Sarah Ferholt, Stacey Sternberg
6:00Chopin101 Kaba Gaidi New YorkA project of Young Bulgarian Voices New York, with the goals of presenting and teaching the art of playing Bulgarian KABA GAIDA and TUPAN in New YorkAleksander Dimitrov, Alex Dotov, Bonnie Silver, Carlton Chotalal, Chavdar Dobranov, Damyan Yanchev, Dinyo Yantchev, Elyse Dubin, Jonathan Finger, Kalin Kopachev, Kalin Kresnitchki, Kalina Kirkbride, Kamen Kresnitchki, Kathy Platikanov, Kiril Ketev, Konstantin Yanchev, Lora Stanichev, Lubo Radoulov, Lubomir Smilenov, Marina Daneva, Matej Kirkbride, Mersid Mustafov Semka, Michelle Weller, Nadejda Radulova, Nedyalko Ketev, Nikola Yankov, Petya Maglova, Ralph Knag, Richmond Johnston, Sarah Tanzer, Simeon Kaizer, Sofia Georgieva, Susan Anderson, Teodor Todorov, Tsvetomila Valcheva, Tzvi Steinhauer, Yana Stanishev, Yordan Kolev
6:30AtriumRosaNew York based, all-female vocal ensemble performing authentic form of traditional, non-tempered singing from Serbia.Aleksandra Denda, Tiffany Wilson, Astrid Kuljanic, Valentina Lombardi, Irma Seleman, Alida Torres
6:30BallroomBalkan FieldsUp-tempo Bulgarian dance music, including Bulgarian pop songs and compositions by Ivan Milev and our bassist Mel Fitzhugh.Dean Brown, Henry Goldberg, Melika Fitzhugh, Melinda Fields, Melinda Hunt, Ralph Iverson
6:30ChopinLjova and the KontrabandYou'll dance and you'll cry, you'll rise and you'll fall; our music is promise of future foretold.Inna Barmash, Jordan Morton, Ljova Zhurbin, Mathias Künzli, Patrick Farrell
6:30Grand ViewJam with Zlatne Uste, Friends and FamilyWe will play some tunes from ZU, EEFC Balkan Camp Brass Band Class, and Čoček Nation repertoires.Jam leader: Michael Ginsburg. Everyone is welcome.
6:30RainbowQue Vlo-veSmyrneika, Anatolian cafe music of the early 1900s, in contact with Rebetika, the underclass blues of 20s and 30s Greece.Quince Markum, Wade Ripka, Isaak Mills
7:00AtriumYale Slavic ChorusThe dissonant harmonies of Eastern Europe and Georgia.Amanda Crego-Emley, Charlotte Finegold, Claire Gottsegen, Jana Lohrova, Jolanta Pach, Kelly Fu, Maclovia Quintana, Olivia Gunton
7:00BallroomChoban ElektrikPsychedelic electric Albanian, Macedonian, Roma and Greek.Dave Johnsen, Eva Salina, Jesse Kotansky, Jordan Shapiro, Phil Kester
7:00Grand ViewDance music of Romania and Transylvania - JamPredominately fiddles & other bowed stringed instruments with others welcome. Link to scores/recording on requestJam led by Loretta Kelley with Paul Brown LorettaKelley=at=fanitull.org
7:00ChopinGaida ElectriqueThe goat gets electric.
New and traditional dance tunes.
Matt Darriau, Seido Salifoski, Avi Fox-Rosen, Chris Stromquist, Jessica Lurie, Katie Down, Ari Folman-Cohen
7:00RainbowOdglasiHard Core Old School Macedonian Izvorno music.Adam Good, Bridget Robbins, Corinna Snyder, Jeff Fine, Jenny Luna, Jerry Kisslinger, Vedran Boskovski
7:30AtriumNY Bulgarian Women's ChoirA diverse, joyful, expansive group of singers, sharing a passion for ensemble harmony, folk traditions and experimentation.Agnieszka Christian, Diana Djibirova, Eleonora Vidolova, Elyse Dubin, Jacquelyn West, Kathy Fine, Melinda Hunt, Petya Maglova, Sarah Willis, Shelley Thomas, Valentina Kvasova, Vlada Tomova
7:30BallroomHarris Brothers Balkan BandBrassy. Traditional and contemporary. Slavic and Rom dance music, up close and personal. The HBBB bring charisma and joy to every performance.Ben Thomas, Brian Slattery, Drew Harris, Helen Marx, Melinda Fields, Tamberlaine Harris
7:30ChopinSofie SalonikaSephardic, Spanish,Turkish & Arabic songs plus original Balkan inspired compositions & hints of Bluegrass and Nocturnal Funk.Arthur Kell, Jessica Lurie, Katie Down, Shane Shanahan
7:30RainbowMountain LionsSaxophones and drum, inspired by zourna/zurla masters from the Balkan region.Peter Hess, Matt Darriau, Matt Moran
8:00AtriumVillage VoicesHauntingly beautiful and rarely heard old style traditional two-voiced songs and slow (free-metered) ballads of BulgariaCarol Freeman, Jen Chapin, Ruth Orlowicz, Ivailo Kuchev
8:00BallroomBlack MasalaPart of a new generation of go-anywhere brass bands, infectious grooves result in a dance party.Kristen Long, Mike Ounallah, Monty Montgomery, Zach Serleth, Chris Sclafani, Steven Cunnigham, Tomas Drgon
8:00ChopinLauren Brody's Accordion BytesLong lost songs and dance tunes of Bulgaria and MacedoniaAlan Zemel, Jerry Kisslinger, Lauren Brody, Paul Brown, Michael Ginsburg
8:00RainbowNivaA 4 woman band that plays traditional Macedonian izvorno, with a special focus on multi-voiced singing.Bridget Robbins, Corinna Snyder, Emily Geller, Kristina Vaskys
8:00Grand ViewFenyes Banda - JamCouple dances of Hungary and Transylvania, perhaps line dances. Everyone familiar with dance music of the region is welcome.Jam led by Fenyes Banda
8:30AtriumSupruliTraditional polyphonic singing from the Republic of Georgia.Andrew Broaddus, Carl Linich, Dennis Demakos, Ezra Halleck, Faten Kanaan, Heather Cole, Janelle Treibitz, Jay Laubscher, Jordan Lewis, Julia Read, Mary Jane Wilkie, Sarah Kessler Wolven
8:30ChopinNY SpelmanslagFiddle music from Scandinavia for folk dances on Wednesday nights in the City.Allison Meer, David Meer, Ellen Gronningen, Loretta Kelley, lydia ievins, Margie Baron, Mel Meer, Petra Kirstein, Rachel Givner, Scott Gianelli, Stephan Ohlström, Vilde Aaslid
8:30RainbowWind of AnatoliaTurkish MusicBerra Beyoglu, Evrim Cicek, Fatih Bayram, Gene Dgranimo, Hakan Kaya, Ismail Siglam, Jeff Dingler, Leyla Haynes, Rami El Aasser, Songul Cicek
8:35BallroomMerita, Raif, and Montclair State UniversityBalkan EnsembleMerita Halili, Raif Hyseni, Alexander Campbell, Ardith Collins, Dylan Fau, Jeffrey Cierniak, Lauren Staub, Marissa Riondino, Mary Lamberti, Steven Santa, Tamaru Geller
8:45Grand ViewKopachkata drum extravaganza from Dramche MacedoniaAll tupan and drum players who are familiar with kopachkata are welcome. Dancers are encouraged to participate in this somewhat challenging dance. Note: it's only one 5 minute piece, and you won't want to miss it!Drumming led by Jerry Kisslinger. Dancing led by Stephen Kotansky. Special guest Mersid Mustafov on tupan.
8:55Grand ViewMacedonian izvoren jamAll izvoren instrument players welcome. Scores and MP3s at: http://balkantunes.org/music/izvoren Song "Pavle mi pie"Jam led by Corinna Snyder and Jeff Fine
9:00AtriumYiddish ZingeraySharing rare and beautiful unaccompanied Yiddish solo songs and ballads sung by singers of this centuries old vocal tradition.Carol Freeman, Eric Heuberger, Esther Gottesman, Ethel Raim, Gerald Marcus, Joshua Waletsky, Paula Teitelbaum, Sarah Gordon
9:00ChopinStoyan DechevVillage accordion dance music from Dobrudzha, BulgariaStoyan Dechev
9:00RainbowDümTurkish Rhythm Celebration.
Dazzling darbuka pieces featuring the Turkish Split Hand technique. Dum.
Alex Ostanpenko, Anna Dillinger, Joaquin Colon, Lady Bruce, Liron Peled, Rami El Aasser, Raquy Danziger, Tom Zoutis
9:10BallroomEdessaInspired for more than 20 years by the passion and drive of Balkan music and dance, the left coast band Edessa is stoked to be playing for our east coast friends for the first time at Golden Fest. We're coming to party, Balkan style, with dances from Greece, Bulgaria, Macedonia,Turkey, and more.George Chittenden, Lise Liepman, Ari Langer, Brenna MacCrimmon, Paul Brown, Adam Good, Sean Tergis
9:30AtriumElitsa Stoyneva and friendsAnne Stancioff Tatgenhorst, Christiane Karam, Elitsa Stoyneva
9:30ChopinThe New York Crimean Tatar EnsembleTraditional music and dance of the Crimean TatarsAziz Veliev, Dinara Faizova, Eldar Idraimov, Lennur Mamutov, Nariman Asanov, Patrick Farrell, Rustem Faizov, Uriane Faizova, Uriye Kermenchikly, Ruslan Veliyev, Akhtem Esatov
9:30Grand ViewBalkan - JamAll instruments welcome. Bring tunes and we'll work them out, or play some Balkan standards.Jam led by Greg Squared
9:30RainbowEva Salina & Peter StanA powerful duo with effortless chemistry, Eva & Peter present songs of the Balkan Roma that evoke and elevate the complex beauty of human experience. Eva's new CD is titled "Lema Lema: Eva Salina sings Šaban Bajramović".Eva Salina, Peter Stan
9:45BallroomZurli DrustvoRoots music: Three powerful, primordial instruments pouring out harmonic overtones and driving rhythm for your dancing ecstasy.Drew Harris, Jerry Kisslinger, Tamberlaine Harris
_10:00AtriumGogofskiMacedonian, Serbian, and Bosnian, with our blow-you-away vocalist, Kasia Sokalla. The emotion of the Bosnian songs will fall deep in your heart.David Golber, Henry Goldberg, Kaisa Sokalla, Tom Pixton
_10:00BallroomOrk. Balkan ExpressModernized traditional Macedonian, Albanian, Serbian, and Romani music in a electrified sense to get you up and dancing.Aleksandar Dimitrovski, Artan Sula, Besnik Pali, Erhan Umer, Onur Edipov, Orhan Edipov
_10:00ChopinPatrick Farrell/Michael Winograd DuoKlezmer music for dancing, with Avia Moore, dance leaderAvia Moore, Michael Winograd, Patrick Farrell
_10:00RainbowSouren Baronian and FriendsNear East MusicLee Baronian, Paul Brown, Polly Tapia Ferber, Robert Boghosian, Rowen Storm, Souren Baronian
_10:30AtriumBlack Sea HotelDubbed a “punk rock version of Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares", the Balkan vocal trio's harmonic blend is often called otherworldly and spellbinding.Sarah Small, Shelley Thomas, Willa Roberts
_10:30ChopinLoretta KelleyNorwegian hardingfele for dancingLoretta Kelley
_10:35BallroomZlatne UsteBrass Band repertoire from Serbia, Macedonia, BulgariaBelle 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
_10:40RainbowDolunayDolunay (Turkish for “full moon”) draws upon the songs from the Turkish people living across Rumeli, the former region of the Ottoman Balkans.Adam Good, Eylem Basaldi, Jenny Luna, Polly Tapia Ferber
_10:45Grand ViewKaba gajda jam/Rhodope sing-alongLarge group singing and dancing to sounds of massed Bulgarian Rhodope kaba gaidas (large bagpipes! ) Song words provided.Sing-along led by Henry Goldberg henrybgoldberg=at=gmail.com
_10:50AtriumZozulkaZozulka is an a cappella trio which sings the folk music of various regions of Ukraine.Eva Salina, Maria Sonevytsky, Willa Roberts
_11:00ChopinSurprise guests from ViennaA band of great musicians from all over the Balkans reflecting its rich music traditions with some jazzy interpretations.
_11:10AtriumHydraBrooklyn’s newest vocal creature. We bask in thick, dark harmony, with vocals and gestures inspired by the Balkans and beyond.Rima Fand, Sarah Small, Yula Be'eri
_11:10RainbowFenyes BandaHungarian and Transylvanian dance music.Claire Bright, Gyorgy Kalan, Janos Perge, Katalin Harsaczki, Raul Rothblatt
_11:25BallroomCherven TraktorBulgarian Folk Dance Music on traditional instrumentsNikolay Kolev, Donka Koleva, Belle Birchfield, Paul Brown, Michael Ginsburg
_11:30AtriumSheritaOriginal and traditional music born of of the sounds of Macedonia, Turkey, Greece, Albania and the Middle East.Adam Good, Greg Squared, Renee Bergan, Rima Fand
_11:30ChopinBSL TrioMusic of the balkans, primarily Macedonian folk and original music with a jazz twist.Brad Shepik, lanti muncin, Seido Salifoski
_11:40RainbowSkarosGreek music of EpirosLefteris Bournias, Vasilis Kostas
_12:00BallroomZurli DrustvoRoots music: Three powerful, primordial instruments pouring out harmonic overtones and driving rhythm for your dancing ecstasy.Drew Harris, Jerry Kisslinger, Tamberlaine Harris
_12:00ChopinScott Wilson & EfendiMusic of the Middle East- Turkey, Egypt, Israel, Greece, Armenia, & Belly Dance MusicScott Wilson, Souren Baronian, Umut Yasmut, Bob Godfried, Carmine Guida, Casey Bond, Dorit Koenig, Jim Nordstrom, Kim Browers, Pat Cohen,
_12:10Rainbow2015 Kafana All-StarsThe return of summer 2015's east coast kafana band. Raif Hyseni and Kalin Kirilov set off fireworks with a band of pyromaniacs! [metaphor alert]Adam Good, Jesse Kotansky, Kalin Kirilov, Matt Moran, Paul Brown, Raif Hyseni
_12:15BallroomAvram PengasA great mix of world musicAvram Pengas, Elysa Sunshine, Eran Asias, Nick Mandoukos, Seido Salifoski
_12:30ChopinRaya Brass BandOriginal take on the music of Eastern Europe informed by the band's love of New Orleans brass bands, punk rock, and global music.Ben Syversen, Greg Squared, Matthew "Max" Fass, Nezih Antakli, Rich Stein, Steven Duffy
_12:40Grand ViewArabic Maqam call-and-response jam/classLearn some Arabic Maqam scales by singing or playing along! Open to all vocalists & instrumentalists. www.maqamlessons.comJam/class led by Sami Shumays abushumays=at=hotmail.com
_12:40RainbowPontic KreislerGreek dance music from the Black Sea of TurkeyAri Langer, Adam Good, Jerry Kisslinger, Paul Brown
_12:50BallroomSlavic Soul Party!NYC's official #1 brass band for BalkanSoulRomaFunkAdam Dotson, Chris Stromquist, Don Godwin, John Carlson, Kenny Warren, Matt Moran, Peter Hess, Peter Stan, Tim Vaughn
__1:00ChopinMavrothi KontanisEarly Greek Rebetika and SmyrneikaMavrothi Kontanis, Megan Gould
__1:00RainbowRoma StarsRoma (gypsy) music that's a mix of Macedonia, Bulgaria, and Turkish Roma folk styles. It's dance music for Oro.Tair Azirov, Mersid Mustafov, Ersan Mamudoski, Angel Asanov, Dzefko Zekiroski, Erdoan Redzeposki, Erdzan Merkoski
__1:25BallroomWhat Cheer? BrigadeOur music is defined by danceability and joyousness, drawing from Rajasthani wedding music, Balkan and New Orleans brass, samba, metal, and klezmer.Chris Erway, CJ Jimenez, Daniel Schleifer, Daniel Stern, Ethan Robson, Evan Desauteles, Evan McLaughlin, Hannah Zoll, Jay Daubney, Johanna Walczak, Jori Ketten, Kyle Morin, Larry Mauk, Michael Jeffries, Nathan Wolman, Tal Gur
__1:30ChopinZikrayatEgyptian and Arab classics - Tarab and Dance music from the Golden Age of Egyptian Cinema, and the Andalusi tradition of Aleppo, SyriaBrian Prunka, Mo El-Debek, John Murchison, Nezih Antakli, Rami El Aasser, Sami Abu Shumays, Umut Yasmut , Zafer Tawil
__1:30RainbowKavalaBrass music mostly from Aegean MacedoniaLefteris Bournias, Catherine Foster, Michael Ginsburg, Morgan Clark, Jerry Kisslinger, Belle Birchfield, Matt Moran, Paul Brown, Rachel MacFarlane