Zlatne Uste Golden Festival - January 12-13, 2018 in Brooklyn, NY

Event Schedule 2017

Friday, January 13, 2017

7pmdoors open

7:30pm – 8:45pm Dance workshop to live music

7:30-7:55 – Western Greek Pontic with Pontic Firebird
7:55-8:20 – Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band
8:20-8:45 – Bulgarian folk with Cherven Traktor

8:45pm – 12:30am Live Balkan music and dance in the main ballroom

8:45 – 9:30 – Macedonian folk with Novi Maleshevski Zurli featuring Milo Destanovski
9:30-10:15 – Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band
10:15- 11:00 – Pontic Firebird
11:00- 11:45- Bulgarian folk with Cherven Traktor
11:45-12:30 – Brass with West Philadelphia Orchestra

Saturday, January 14, 2017

5:30pmdoors open

6pm – 2am Music and dance party

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)

Saturday Night Schedule (subject to change)

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Note: Schedule subject to change

TimeVenueGroup NameBriefly describe your group's musicMemberlist
6:00AtriumSlaveya Women's Vocal EnsembleThe women of DC-based Slaveya sing traditional songs from the Eastern Europe and the Caucasus.Anne Harrison, Beth Bienvenue, Betsy Platt, Carol Baker, Helen Fedor, Jennifer Lee, Karen Chittenden, Miriam Rollins, Rebecca Caldwell, Theadocia Austen, Zlati Simeonova
6:00ChopinMax's New HatMax's New Hat is an Electro-Balkan outfit that plays the dance, party and wedding music of Serbia, Macedonia, Greece and Bulgaria. Johanna Dunn, Katy Kondrat, Matthew Fass, Pete Newman, Roger LaRochelle, Tim Allen
6:00Grand BallroomCocek 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, Daniel Schleifer, Elizabeth Dargie, Ella Fine, Felicia Goldberg, Jesse Shearer, Kamen Kresnitchki, Kat Harris, Marta Bartholomew, Milutin Dobrijevic, Nathan Wolman, Sarah Ferholt, Sophie Kropf, Stacey Sternberg
6:30AtriumTenores de AterúeSardinian cantu a tenore, which involves harmonic throat singing in parts, plus Corsican and Italian songs. Otherworldly and infectiously down-home.Avery Book, Carl Linich, Doug Paisley, Gideon Crevoshay
6:30ChopinPeter LysterMostly dance music from Bulgaria, Macedonia, and other Eastern European countriesHenry Goldberg, Morgan Clark, Peter Lyster
6:30Grand BallroomBalkan Peppersmacedonian folk melodies with a twist of jazz.Brad Shepik, Ethan Helm, Jeff Dingler, Kenny Warren, Ruyam Cakmak, Seido Salifoski
6:30GrandviewYoung Bulgarian Voices New YorkYoung Bulgarian Voices NY creates an environment to engage with Bulgarian culture, traditions and language trough music, singing and education.Alek Thielker, Alexander Telpis, Ana Bankova, Antony Ivanov, Catherine Springer, DamianYanchev, Dylan McGowan, Elena Krumova, Emma Telpis, Kalina Kirkbride, Katerina Platikanova, Konstantin Yanchev, Lora Stanisheva, Luke Stanoev, Meglena Zapreva, Mia Frik
6:30RainbowZapekankaZapekanka plays Roma-Jewish style songs about freedom and loneliness.Led by Ukranian singer Zhenya Lopatnik a leading voice among Yiddish songwritersDaniel Ori, David Freeman, Gilad Ben-Zvi, Oren Neiman, Zhenya Lopatnik
7:00AtriumGogofski"The real stuff" Macedonian, plus Serbian, Bulgarian, Albanian, Greek. And Bosnian "Sevdah" ... wonderful songs.David Golber, Gawain Thomas, Henry Goldberg, Kaisa Sokalla
7:00ChopinNew York SpelmanslagTraditional Scandinavian folk dance music: hambos, waltzes, polka, pols, and polska. Musicians include fiddlers, nyckleharpa, guitar, and bouzouki.Abby Green, David Meer, Ellen Gronnigen, Loretta Kelley, Mell Meer, Patrice George, Paul Friedman, Petra Kirstein, Scott Gianelli, Stacey Sternberg, Vilde Aaslid
7:00RainbowNivaNiva is an all-female Macedonian band that performs in the traditional village style.Bridget Robbins, Corinna Snyder, Emily Geller, Kristina Vaskys
7:05Grand BallroomCherven TraktorBulgarian Folk Dance Music on traditional instruments.Adam Good, Belle Birchfield, Donka Koleva, Michael Ginsburg, Nikolay Kolev
7:30AtriumNY Bulgarian Women's Choir "Yasna Voices"A diverse, joyful, expansive group of singers, sharing a passion for ensemble harmony, folk traditions and experimentation.Elyse Dubin, Jacquelyn West, Jade Levine, Karen Matthews, Maria Berkova, Marissa Puro, Melinda Hunt, Petya Maglova, Rufus Cappadocia, Sarah Willis, Shelley Thomas, Vlada Tomova
7:30ChopinHarris Brothers Balkan BandTraditional Roma and Balkan dance tunes with fresh arrangements, driving rhythm, and personal connection. Adam Matlock, Ben Thomas, Brian Slaterly, Drew Harris, Helen Marx, Tamberlaine Harris
7:30RainbowFenyes BandaVillage music from Hungary and TransylvaniaAron Szekely, Claire Bright, Gyorgy Kalan, Raul Rothblatt
7:40Grand BallroomPontic FirebirdPontic Firebird's sound captures at full throttle the energy of the Western Pontos. Led by Beth Bahia Cohen.Adam Good, Beth Cohen, Jerry Kisslinger, Paul Brown
8:00AtriumAdileiTraditional Georgian folk polyphony brought to you from Tbilisi. Get ready for intricate harmonies, wild yodeling, and fast clapping!Andrew Broaddus, Demetre Kiria, Eva Sophia Kuhn, Giorgi Khukhunaishvili, Kote Chavleshvili, Lasha Bedenashvili, Levan Bitarovi, Marina Kaganova, Nathan Shane, Nodar Japaridze, Sandro Natadze, Sophia Kukhn, Temo Darchia, Zoe Perret
8:00ChopinBalkan FieldsInspired Bulgarian! Melinda Hunt singing with the Boston-based group. Fun dancing, high-energy tunes!Dean Brown, Henry Goldberg, Mel Fitzhugh, Melinda Fields, Melinda Hunt, Ralph Iverson
8:00RainbowTa Aidhonia Dance songs from Greek Thrace accompanied by gaida and daoul - a medley of zonoradhika, and a medley of mandilata (7/16.)Anne Metaxas, Carol Freeman, Eleni Zaharopoulos, Ellen Knopf, Eric Heuberger, Esther Sarfatti, Gig Mageras, Gladys Comeau, Ivailo Kuchev, Laura Pannaman, Nada Khodlova, Nikolai Kolev, Noel Kropf, Quince Marcum, Quinn Moss, Ramona Kohrs, Tina
8:15Grand BallroomNovi Malesevski ZurliZurlas & Tapans!Jessica Ruiz, Matt Moran, Jerry Kisslinger, Milo Destanovski, Semka
8:15GrandviewBitov JamBulgarian village music. Scores and MP3s at: https://vassilbebelekov.memorial/music/bitov-ensemble-resources/ .Jam led by Bill Cope. All are welcome to join in.
8:30AtriumUkrainian Village VoicesUVV celebrates traditional harmonies from the mountains to the steppes of Ukraine with intense ritual, tragic ballad, and joyful seasonal songs.Anna Chen, Anna Witiuk, Ava Mahieu, Brian Dolphin, Diana McKeage, E​​van Cordes, Jennifer Stepanyk, Laryssa Czebiniak, Natalie Oshukany, Natalka Demchuk, Oksana Rosenblum, Rosemary Dineen, Ryan O'Donnell, Ulana Prjmak, Vaiva Aglinskas
8:30ChopinKavalaBrass music mostly from Aegean Macedonia featuring Lefteris BourniasCatherine Foster, Don Godwin, Paul Brown, Jerry Kisslinger, Matt Moran, Michael Ginsburg, Morgan Clark, Lefteris Bournias
8:30RainbowGreat CirclesElectro-Balkan cocek! Unfasten your seatbelts and prepare to block the aisle...Adam Good, Greg Squared, Kolja Gjoni, Philip Mayer, Reuben Radding
8:50Grand BallroomMerita Halili, Raif Hyseni & Montclair State University EnsembleMerita Halili, Raif Hyseni and Montclair State University Ensemble & Albanian-American EnsembleAlexander Campbell, Ardith Collins, Dylan Fau, Frederico Perez, Greg Edmond, Jessica Finkelstein, Justin Romano, Konstantina Siokis, Laura Evelyn Willis, Melinda Susan Holly, Merita Halili, Nicole Marie Beyer, Raif Hyseni, Sevim Umer, Tamaru Geller
9:00AtriumGLASGLAS presents traditional Macedonian songs in their clearest, cleanest form - one singer and one instrumentalist.Corinna Snyder, Vedran Boskovski
9:00ChopinZurli DrustvoIntense and Primitive, paired Macedonia Zurlas and Tupan playing traditional Macedonian folkdance tunes.Drew Harris, Jerry Kisslinger, Tamberlaine Harris
9:00RainbowOrnamatikOriginal compositions, infectious grooves, and unique interpretations of Eastern European folk songs with a tight rhythm section and funky horns.Ben Rolston, Bethanni Grecynski, Derek Worthington, Drew Schmieding, Eric Schweizer
9:15GrandviewBrass JamBalkan brass music for dancing from Greece, Macedonia, Bulgaria and Serbia, played by ear. Led by Michael Ginsburg with Catherine Foster, Morgan Clark, Belle Birchfield, Don Godwin and Emily Geller. All are welcome to join in.
9:25Grand BallroomRoma StarsRoma dance music influenced by Macedonia,Turkey, and Bulgaria. Our music is perfect for dancing Kucek, Oro, and folklore Ajhan Jasaroski, Angel Asanov, Dzevdzet Zekiroski, Erdoan Redzeposki, Erdzan Merkoski, Ersan Mamudoski, Mersid Mustafov, Tair Azirov
9:30AtriumBlato ZlatoBalkan Swamp Gold from New Orleans. Dreamy three-voiced harmonies over hard-hitting instrumentals.Annalisa Kelly, Boyanna Trayanova, Ian Cook, Lou Carrig, Pete Olynciw, Ruby Ross
9:30ChopinLoretta KelleyNorwegian hardingfele for dancingLoretta Kelley
9:30RainbowSouren Baronian and FriendsNear East musicLee Baronian, Paul Brown, Polly Tapia Ferber, Robert Boghosian, Rowen Storm, Souren Baronian
_10:00AtriumSvitanyaWomen's vocal ensemble specializing in songs of Eastern Europe.Anne Ehrhart, Chrissy Steele, Jane Carver, Kayla Ankeny Allamou, Kimberly DiMattia, Leela Ehrhart, Susan Anderson
_10:00ChopinIhtimanskaIhtimanska is sweet conversation between of saxophone and accordion playing creatives takes on traditional and classical Turkish and Bulgarian music.
_10:00Grand BallroomOrk. Balkan ExpressModernized traditional Macedonian, Albanian, Serbian, and Turkish music in a electrified sense to get you up and dancing.Besnik Pali, Erhan Umer, Ersan Mamudoski, Onur Edipov, Orhan Edipov
_10:05Rainbow101 Kaba Gaidi NY101 Kaba Gaidi NY was founded in 2013 with the goal of teaching and creating awareness of the art of the traditional Bulgarian kaba gaida and tupan.Alek Thielker, Alexander Dotov, Alexander Georgiev, Bonnie Silver, Corinna Snyder, Dinyo Iantchev, Elyse Dubin, Kalin Kresnitchki, Kamen Kresnitchki, Kiril Ketev, Lubomir Svilenov, Marina Daneva, Mersid Mustafov-Semka, Michelle Weller, Nedyalko Ketev, Pet
_10:30AtriumYale Women's Slavic ChorusThe Yale Women's Slavic Chorus is Yale's oldest all-female group, and sings traditional polyphonic music from all over Eastern Europe and the Balkans.Amanda Crego-Emley, Athena Wheaton, Charlotte Finegold, Claire Gottsegen, Fiona Kurylowicz, Gabi Rivera, Jana Lohrová, Jola Pach, Kelly Fu, Kimberly Lai, Maclovia Quintana, Nadia Grisaru, Olivia Noble, Ruby Bilger
_10:30ChopinBlack Masala / Orchester PrazevicaBlack Masala and Orchester Prazevica join forces for a performance of Balkan, Funk, and dance music!Art Cold, Brendan Schnabel, Duff Davis, Kristen Long, Mike Ounallah, Tomas Drgon, Trumpet / TBD, Violin / TBD
_10:35Grand BallroomZlatne UsteBrass band repertoire from Serbia, Macedonia, Bulgaria.Belle Birchfield, Catherine Foster, Don Godwin, Emerson Hawley, Emily Geller, Gary Zema, Helen Marx, Jerry Kisslinger, Kalun Leung, Marian Eines, Matt Smith, Michael Ginsburg, Morgan Clark, Sarah Ferholt, Seido Salifoski, Tamberlaine Harris
_10:35RainbowEva Salina & Peter StanEvocative, imaginative renditions of vintage Balkan Romani songs.Eva Salina, Peter Stan
_11:00AtriumSheritaThrough exploration of the acoustic traditions of the Balkans and the Near East, Sherita makes original music that is at once both ancient and modern.Adam Good, Greg Squared, Renee Bergen, Rima Fand
_11:00ChopinG String Orchestra TrioA New Orleans based violin, accordion and double bass trio playing a collection of customized balkan and klezmer tunes steeped in subtle undertones. Ben Fox, Ian Cook, Pete Olynciw, Sarah Jacques
_11:00GrandviewRhodope sing-alongSongs from the Rhodope mountains of Bulgaria.  Transliterated song words will be available. Sing-along with Henry Goldberg and Bill Cope. 
_11:05RainbowAmir Vahab TrioTurkish Folk MusicAmir Vahab, Gail, Yvette
_11:15Grand BallroomAvram PengasWe do a variety of world music Avram Pengas, Elysa Sunshine, Nick Mandoukos, Seido Salifoski
_11:30AtriumDervisiGreek Gangsta Blues! Mysterious songs and dances of the old-time Rembetika underworld. Awesome, bittersweet melodies of passion and hashish!Ethan Donaldson, George Barba Yiorgi, George Sempepos, George Stathos, Petros Dervisi, Steve Antonakos
_11:30ChopinLauren Brody's Accordion BytesDuo accordions playing dance music and songs from Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia and MacedonianAlan Zemel, Georgi Petrov, Jerry Kisslinger, Lauren Brody, Matthew Schreiber
_11:30GrandviewNovi Hitovi Brass BandFlaming hot South Serbian-style dance party brassAaron Kisslinger, Chris Erway, Dan Schleifer, Don Godwin, Felicia Goldberg, Matt Moran, Nathan Bergmann-Dean, Nathan Wolman, Peter Hess
_11:35RainbowThe Rosen SistersThe fiddling sisters play a variety of traditional folk dance tunes and are often seen dancing and playing to their own music! Amberly Rosen, Ariana Rosen, Bill Cope
_11:50Grand BallroomEleanor Reissa with Frank London's Klezmer Brass AllstarsWildly ecstatic Yiddish song and drunken klezmer brass carnivalesque madness. Eleanor, Frank and the Klezmer Brass Allstars rock the shtetl.Aaron Alexander, Brian Drye, Eleanor Reissa, Frank London, Ilya Shneyveys, Michael Winograd, Ron Caswell
_12:00ChopinRaya Brass BandChandelier shaking original Balkan brass dance and party music.Ben Syversen, Greg Squared, Kolja Gjoni, Matthew Fass, Nezih Antakli, Steven Duffy
_12:00GrandviewIzvoren JamMacedonian village music. Scores and MP3s at: http://balkantunes.org/music/izvoren. Jam led by Bill Cope. All are welcome to join in.
_12:05RainbowOrkestar BAM!Orkestar BAM is Yale's best and brightest Balkan band, bringing you music from Albania, Turkey, Serbia, Greece, and beyond. Adam Matlock, Adam Waite, Evan Welber, Maclovia Quintana, Theo Torres, Veikko Geyer
_12:25Grand BallroomJesse Kotansky and Raif Hyseni band High energy modern Balkan music.
Jesse Kotansky and Raif Hyseni's new project.
Brad Shepik, Daniel Freedman, Jesse Kotansky, Jordan Scannella, Raif Hyseni
_12:30ChopinCocek! Brass BandEnsemble from Boston, MA playing original compositions influenced by Eastern-European and other brass band traditions from around the worldClayton DeWalt, Ezra Weller, Grant Smith, Jim Gray, Sam Dechenne
_12:30RainbowShtetl StompersBorn in Paris, now in Brooklyn the Shtetl Stompers play distinctly Franco-Yiddish-Romanian sounds for dancing and listening!Eléonore Biezunski, Ilan Moss, Joanne Sternberg
__1:00ChopinTipsy OxcartHot originals & tricked out trads. Naughty violin, atomic accordion, freaky clarinet, & the baddest rhythm section on this side of the Mediterranean.Ayal Tsubery, Connell Thompson, Dani Danor, Jeremy Bloom, Marandi Hostetter
__1:00Grand BallroomSlavic Soul Party!Fiery brass, funk grooves, Roma accordion wizardry, and jazz chops make SSP! NYC’s official #1 brass band for BalkanSoul GypsyFunkAdam Dotson, Chris Stromquist, Don Godwin, John Carlson, Kenny Warren, Matt Moran, Peter Hess, Peter Stan, Tim Vaughn
__1:00RainbowZikrayatTraditional Music from Aleppo, SyriaBrian Prunka, John Murchison, Nezih Antakli, Rami ElAasser, Sami Abu Shumays, Umut Yasmut, Zafer Tawil
__1:30ChopinDolunayDolunay (Turkish for “full moon”) infuses classic and contemporary traditions with an urban grit that can only be found in New York City.Adam Good, Eylem Basaldi, Jenny Luna, Polly Tapia Ferber
__1:30Grand BallroomWhat Cheer? BrigadeThe What Cheer? Brigade is a 20-ish piece brass and drums band from Providence, RI that is heavily influenced by Balkan music.Ash Russell, Chris Erway, CJ Jimenez, Daniel Schleifer, Daniel Stern, Evan Desautels, Greg Burbank, Hannah Zoll, Jay Daubney, Johanna Walczak, Jori Ketten, Kyle Morin, Larry Mauk, Marlon Battad, Michael Jeffries, Nathan Bergmann-Dean, Nathan Wolman, Sarah Thomas, Tal Gur, Zane Silva
__1:30RainbowSofie SalonikaSofie Salonika performs Sephardic, Spanish, Turkish & Arabic songs, new takes on traditional works, & original Balkan - inspired tunes with hints of jazz, Bluegrass, and Funk.Arthur Kell, Jessica Lurie, Katie Down, Shane Shanahan