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

Event Schedule 2018

Friday, January 12, 2018

7pmdoors open

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

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

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

Tentative:
8:45-9:10 – Peter Stan and Eva Salina
9:10-9:50 – Cherven Traktor
9:50-10:30 – Zabava (Macedonian Izvorno)
10:30-11-10 – Zlatne Uste
11:10-11:50 – Pontic Firebird
11:5- 12:30 – Kavala Brass Band

Saturday, January 13, 2018

5:30pmdoors open

6pm – 2am Music and dance party

5 stages! 60+ bands!

Ballroom: Main Floor
Atrium: Main Floor beyond food area
Chopin Room: 1st Floor
Rainbow Room: 3rd Floor
Grandview Room: 4th Floor scheduled performance and jam space

Saturday Night Schedule (subject to change)

Click on first row heading to sort by time, venue or band
Note: Schedule subject to change

StartVenueGroup NameDescriptionMusicians
Sat 6:00 PMBallroomCocek 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.Katy Tanzer, Zadie Moran, Jesse Shearer, Niko Long, Violet McMullen, Raya Ferholt-Wirz, Ismar, Luke Slomba, Ariana Harris, Ellen Cooper, Kat Harris, Marta Bartholomew, Sophie Kropf, Ella Fine, Sarah Ferholt, Aaron Kisslinger, Stacey Anne Sternberg, Anna Goldberg, Becki Marcus, Daniel Schliefer, Elizabeth Dargie, Felicia Goldberg, Kamen Kresnitchki, Milutin Dobrijevic, Nathan Bergmann-Dean, Nathan Wolman, Peter Sieck, Robby Jenkins, Solya Spiegel, Tin Skoric
Sat 6:00 PMGrandviewOpen
Sat 6:00 PMAtriumSlaveya Women's Vocal EnsembleSlaveya sings the folk and sacred traditions from Eastern Europe and Caucasus GeorgiaMiriam Rollin, Jennifer Grant Lee, Helen Fedor, Karen Chittenden, Rebecca Caldwell, Beth Bienvenu, Thea Austen, Betsy Platt, Zlati Simeonova
Sat 6:25 PMAtriumVillage VoicesHauntingly beautiful traditional songs of Bulgaria and other Balkan lands sung with centuries old vocal styling, accompanied by virtuoso musiciansIvaylo Kuchev, Ruth Orlowicz, Jen Chapin, Carol Freeman
Sat 6:30 PMChopin RoomSofie SalonikaSofie Salonika performs modern twists on Sephardic songs & spicy, Balkan-inspired originals, featuring melodic virtuosity, improvisation and groove.Mark Ettinger, Shane Shanahan, Arthur Kell, Katie Down, Jessica Lurie
Sat 6:30 PMRainbow RoomZabava!Izvorno! With three amazing singers, gajda, kaval, tambura & tupan.Bill Cope, Michele Simon, Corinne Sykes, Dina Trageser, Jeff Fine, Adam Good
Sat 6:35 PMBallroomRomashkaBalkan/ Romanian / Russian / Roma high-voltage party band. Brassy Balkan beats, sexy Romanian strings, heart-twisting Russian tangos.... Chris Stromquist, Ron Caswell, Jay Vilnai, Jeff Perlman, Ben Holmes, Inna Barmash, Lev Zhurbin
Sat 6:55 PMGrandviewBrass JamSarah Ferholt
Sat 6:55 PMAtriumSvitanyaEastern European women's vocal ensembleKim DiMattia, Leela Ehrhart, Kayla Allamou, Anne Ehrhart, Jane Carver, Chrissy Steele, Susan Anderson
Sat 7:00 PMChopin RoomNew York SpelmanslagScandinavian folk dances including polska, pols, hambo, schottis and waltzStefhan Ohlstr?m, Vilde Aaslid, Stacey Anne Sternberg, Ellen Gronnigen, Scott Gianelli, David Meer, Paul Friedman, Petra Kirstein, Patrice George, Erin Michet
Sat 7:00 PMRainbow RoomPontic FirebirdPontic Firebird's sound captures at full throttle the energy of the Western Pontos. Led by Beth Bahia Cohen.Jerry Kisslinger, Beth Bahia Cohen, Adam Good, Paul Brown
Sat 7:10 PMBallroomLitvakus & Sasha LurjeDriven by high-octane fiddles and wailing clarinet of Litvakus, Sasha Lurje’s commanding vocals explore the Baltic-Slavic-Jewish cultural crossroads.Sam Weisenberg, Joshua Camp, Taylor Bergren-Chrisman, Craig Judelman, Sasha Lurje, Zisl Slepovitch, Zoe Aqua
Sat 7:20 PMAtriumIstanbul TrioIstanbul Trio performs a variety of classical Turkish and Turkish folk tunes which have been echoing from the Balkans to the Middle East for decades.Ertugrul Erkisi, Aslihan Erkisi, Fatih Bayram
Sat 7:25 PMGrandviewKVETCHKvetch is a village klezmer band. The group plays songs that go back more than 90 years while bringing in their own improvisation and grooves.Steve Wishnia, Andrea Urist, Marilyn Gold, Peter Kowalski
Sat 7:30 PMChopin RoomFenyes BandaHungarian and Transylvanian village dance musicRaul Rothblatt, Gyorgy Kalan, Janos Perge, Katalin Harsaczki, Claire Bright
Sat 7:30 PMRainbow RoomGreat CirclesElectro BalkanChris Stromquist, Reuben Radding, Adam Good, Greg Squared
Sat 7:45 PMBallroomGogofskiTraditional dance and concert music. Vocalist, clarinet, accordion, drum. Macedonian. Bosnian sevdah. And more.Henry Goldberg, Gawain Thomas, Kasia Sokalla, David Golber
Sat 7:45 PMAtriumYoung Bulgarian Voices New YorkCultural organization, which provides a learning environment to engage with Bulgarian culture, traditions and language trough music, singing, dansingCatherine Springer, Mia Frikano, Yana Frikano, Nadejda Radulova, Dylan McGowan, Alex Telpis, Damyan Yanchev, Konstantin Yanchev, Katerina Platikanova, Vera Mihailova, Anni Bankova, Sofia Georgieva, Evgeni Ninov, Mersid Mustafov, Kiril Ketev, Petya Maglova, Zora Boyadzhieva, Yana Kalinkova, Elena Krumova
Sat 7:55 PMGrandviewMacedonian Izvorno JamBill Cope
Sat 8:00 PMChopin RoomKavalaAegean Macedonian BrassMichael Ginsburg, Catherine Foster, Belle Birchfield, Rachel MacFarlane, Morgan Clark, Paul Brown, Jerry Kisslinger, Matt Moran
Sat 8:00 PMRainbow RoomLozaMacedonian and Roma rock n' roll - performed on traditional and modern instruments - kaval, gajda, zurla, electric guitar, synths, drums...Adam Good, Corinna Snyder, Vedran Boškovski, Seido Salifoski
Sat 8:15 PMAtriumZulalZulal weaves Armenian folk melodies in three-part harmony, honoring the music’s rural roots while introducing a sophisticated lyricism and energy.Teni Apelian, Yeraz Markarian, Anais Tekerian
Sat 8:20 PMBallroomAlicia Svigals/Lauren Brody Klezmer MashHigh energy klezmer dance musicSteve Weintraub, Brian Glassman, Ben Holmes, Aaron Alexander, Curtis Hasselbring, Alicia Svigals, Lauren Brody
Sat 8:25 PMGrandviewCocek! Brass BandCocek! Brass Band is an ensemble that performs a mix of traditional and Balkan-inspired music. Get ready to dance!Grant Smith, Jim Gray, Clayton DeWalt, Ezra Weller, Sam Dechenne
Sat 8:30 PMRainbow RoomDolunayDolunay is a trio performing Turkish and Rumeli standards as well as original compositions.Eylem Basaldi, Adam Good, Jenny Luna
Sat 8:30 PMChopin RoomWind of AnatoliaWind of Anatolia performs a variety of Turkish folk and popular music. Ian Kenselaar, Fatih Bayram, Evrim Cicek, Ismail Siglam
Sat 8:45 PMAtriumTrendafilkaTen women exploring our voices in polyphony, New Orleans-style.Eleanor Werner, Katya Schoenberg, Renee Anderson, Anais Adair, Phoebe Vlassis, Pasha Jovanovic, Casey Pritchard, Annalisa Kelly, Ruby Ross, Lou Carrig
Sat 8:55 PMBallroomMerita Halili, Raif Hyseni & Montclair State University Students EnsembleMerita Halili, Raif Hyseni and Montclair State University Ensemble & Albanian-American EnsembleMerita Halili, Nicole Beyer-Vocal, Tamaru Geller, Lauren Staub, Harmony Chau, Jessica Finkelstein, Ardith Collins, Laura Willis, Sean Kecherson, Justin Romano, Deshaun Hinson, Cesar Meija, Federico Perez, Gregory Edmond, Susan DeStefano, Sevim Umer, Raif Hyseni
Sat 8:55 PMGrandviewVeveritseSerbian/Roma/Macedonian brass band dance music. Come groove in the attic with the Squirrels!George Rush, Chris Schroth, Luke Schneiders, Lily Paulina, Jason Hicks, Matt Moran, Jessica Lurie, Nick Mauro, Eva Boodman, Sarah Ferholt, Quince Marcum
Sat 9:00 PMChopin RoomHarris Brothers Balkan BandBrassy. Traditional and contemporary. Slavic and Rom dance music, up close and personal. The HBBB bring charisma and joy to every performance.Adam Matlock, Brian Slattery, Ben Thomas, Tamberlaine Harris, Drew Harris, Ariana Harris, Chad Brown
Sat 9:00 PMRainbow RoomPontic LyraPontic Lyra is a stringed bowed musical instrument with roots from the ancient "Greek Lyra". Mainly played from the Greek people of "Black Sea" in the "Pontos region", and so on in Greece from Pontian people, Lyra it has been said that carries the history of the Pontic people.Dimitrios Stefanidis, Jerry Kisslinger
Sat 9:15 PMAtriumPhiladelphia Women's Slavic EnsembleWe are a conglomeration of ladybeasts in Philly who emit compellingly dissonant Slavic-style vocalizations from the mouthparts." Claire Lutz, Katherine Floess, Krista Guerrieri, Jen Marvelous, Chrystine Rayburn, Heidi Karnitz, Darla Spangler, Sheila Dhand, Kate McGuire, Natasa Kovacevic, Teodora Gajic, Aubrey Bryan, Bianca Fiscella, Leah Fenimore, Nan Wakefield, Kayla Ankeny Allamou, Anamarija Montak, Louie Asher, Dawn Webster, Rachel Drane, Gloria Keyes, Susan Anderson
Sat 9:20 PMBallroomLyuti ChushkiWe play traditional Bulgarian instruments in modes and rhythms of ancient provenance with vocal stylings now world renowned.Valeri Georgiev, Varol Saatcioglu, Boril Peychinov, Bryndyn Weiner, Tzvety Weiner
Sat 9:20 PMRainbow RoomZikrayatTraditional Egyptian and Syrian musicNezih Antakli, John Murchison, Rami ElAasser, Umut Yasmut, Zafer Tawil, Brian Prunka, Sami Abu Shumays
Sat 9:25 PMGrandviewOpen
Sat 9:30 PMChopin RoomTa AidhoniaTraditional Dance Songs of Greek Thrace, featuring exquisite sung melodies and driving rhythms, and accompanied by virtuoso gaida and daoulTina Munson, Quinn Moss, Anne Metaxas, Eric Heuberger, Gig Mageras, Gladys Comeau Morales, Laura Pannaman, Ramona Kohrs, Eleni Zaharopoulos, Ivaylo Kuchev, Carol Freeman, Nada Khodlova, Jody Redhage Ferber, Quince Marcum, Nikolay Kolev
Sat 9:45 PMAtriumSupruliTraditional polyphonic singing from Georgia, land of the Golden Fleece and birthplace of winemaking!Marina Kaganova, Lauren Brody, Annie Levin, Sarah Kessler Wolven, Kate Moody, Sarah Mullins, Andrew Broaddus, Brian Fairley, Dennis Demakos, Jay Laubscher, Ezra Halleck, Carl Linich
Sat 9:55 PMBallroom


Sat 10:00 PMRainbow RoomGLASGLAS presents traditional Macedonian songs in their clearest, cleanest form - one singer and one instrumentalist.Corinna Snyder, Vedran Boškovski
Sat 10:00 PMGrandviewRhodope sing-alongSing-along set in memory of Vassil BebelekovBill Cope
Sat 10:00 PMChopin RoomZodiac TrioZodiac Trio plays Bulgarian kyucheks and original dance music. Essential sounds to shake your mids and elevate your soul. Ben Russell, Matt Moran, Matt Schreiber
Sat 10:15 PMAtriumYale Women's Slavic ChorusThe Yale Women's Slavic Chorus sings traditional folk music from Eastern Europe, the Republic of Georgia, and the Balkans. Nadia Grisaru, Anna McNeil, Fiona Kurylowicz, Jana Lohrova, Charlotte Finegold, Kelly Fu, Julia Ganley, Shalhevet Schwartz, Claire Saint Amour, Jola Pach, Athena Wheaton, Ruby Bilger, Vivian Yi, Jerilyn McClean, Olivia Noble
Sat 10:30 PMRainbow RoomGreek JudasPsychedelic rock versions of 1920's, 30's Greek Rebetika. Chris Stromquist, Nick Cudahy, Adam Good, Quince Marcum, Wade Ripka
Sat 10:30 PMChopin RoomLauren Brody's Accordion BytesDance tunes and songs from Bulgaria, Serbia, Macedonia and RomaniaAlan Zemel, Lauren Brody
Sat 10:30 PMBallroomZlatne UsteBrass band repertoire from Serbia, Macedonia, Bulgaria.Michael Ginsburg, Catherine Foster, Tamberlaine Harris, Sarah Ferholt, Marian Eines, Belle Birchfield, Matthew Smith, Kalun Leung, Morgan Clark, Emerson Hawley, Jerry Kisslinger, Seido Salifoski, Emily Geller, Don Godwin
Sat 10:35 PMAtriumUkrainian Village VoicesUVV sings in the polyphonic Ukrainian village style, and focuses on seasonal celebrations, ritual songs, and lyrical music.Andrew Otto, Evan Cordes, Ryan O'Donnell, Susan Lerner, Joanna Mieleszko, Karen Schoellkopf, Vaiva Aglinskas, Natalie Oshukany, Larissa Raphael, Ulana Prjmak, Annie McEwen, Ezra Halleck, Laryssa Czebiniak, Anna J Witiuk
Sat 10:40 PMGrandview101 Kaba gaidi i Tupani / YBVNY101 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.Michelle Weller, Nedyalko Ketev, Ralph Knag, Richmond Johnston, Marina Daneva, Sarah Tanzer, Susan Anderson, Teodor Todorov, Tzvi Steinhauer, Yordan Kolev, Lubomir Svilenov, Kamen Kresnitchki, Kalin Kresnitchki, Elyse Dubin, Dinyo Iantchev, Corinna Snyder, Bonnie Silver, Alexander Dotov, Alexander Georgiev, Mersid Mustafov, Petya Maglova, Kiril Ketev
Sat 11:00 PMChopin RoomMax's New HatElectro-Balkan outfit that plays the dance party and wedding music of Serbia, Macedonia, Greece and Bulgaria. Roger LaRochelle, Pete Newman, Katy Kondrat, Timothy Allen, Matthew Fass
Sat 11:00 PMRainbow RoomScott Wilson & EfendiArmenian, Turkish, Greek, & Arabic Belly Dance Music, audience participationHanna Nour, Dorit Konig, Bob Godfried, Umut Yasmut, Carmine Guida, Casey Bond, George Stathos, Jim Nordstrom, Scott Wilson, Leni Cohen
Sat 11:05 PMAtriumThe NY Bulgarian Women's Choir, "Yasna Voices"A diverse, joyful, expansive group of singers, sharing a passion for ensemble harmony, folk traditions and experimentation.Bitzi Gerasimova, Emily Gasda, Martie Ripson, Melinda Hunt, Karen Matthews, Marissa Puro, Jacquelyn West, Elyse Dubin, Elena Jankova, Barbara Elting, Sarah Willis, Vlada Tomova
Sat 11:10 PMGrandviewOpen
Sat 11:15 PMBallroomCherven TraktorTraditional Bulgarian Dance Music on folk instrumentsNikolay Kolev, Belle Birchfield, Adam Good, Michael Ginsburg, Donka Koleva
Sat 11:30 PMGrandviewNovi Hitovi Brass BandFlaming hot South Serbian-style dance party brassChris Erway, Peter Hess, Nathan Bergmann-Dean, Daniel Schleifer, Don Godwin, Felicia Goldberg, Nathan Wolman, Matt Moran, Aaron Kisslinger
Sat 11:30 PMChopin RoomRaya Brass BandBalkan brass originals and coversSteve Duffy, Nezih Antakli, Ben Syversen, Greg Squared, Matthew Fass, Chris Stromquist
Sat 11:30 PMRainbow RoomRaif Hyseni & Jesse Kotansky Jesse Kotansky, Raif Hyseni, Adam Good, Matt Moran, Paul Brown
Sat 11:35 PMAtriumROSAOur music is an authentic form of traditional, non-tempered singing from Serbia. We perform centuries old songs that were sung and preserved by women.Eleni Arapoglou, Valentina Lombardi, Astrid Kuljanic, Tiffany Wilson, Shilpa Ananth, Aleksandra Denda
Sat 11:50 PMBallroomAvram Pengas EnsembleMusic from around the world.Avram Pengas, Nick Mandoukos, Elysa Sunshine, Nadav Snir Zelniker
Sun 12:00 AMChopin RoomTavche Gravche Balkan & Flamenco infused acoustic ensemble. Tavche Gravche presents a fresh take on traditional Balkan and Eastern European music. Dan Nadel, Vasko Dukovski, Daniel Ori
Sun 12:00 AMRainbow RoomThe Rosen SistersThis fiddle dancing duo plays a variety of traditional international folk dance tunes with a flair only sisters can share fused w/ tambura and cello! Bill Cope, Ariana Rosen, Nicole Johnson, Amberly Rosen
Sun 12:00 AMGrandviewZikrayatTraditional Egyptian and Syrian musicNezih Antakli, John Murchison, Rami ElAasser, Umut Yasmut, Zafer Tawil, Brian Prunka, Sami Abu Shumays
Sun 12:25 AMBallroomSlavic Soul Party!Balkan brass funkPeter Stan, Chris Stromquist, John Carlson, Kenny Warren, Peter Hess, Matt Moran, Don Godwin, Aaron Kisslinger, Beserat Tafesse
Sun 12:30 AMChopin RoomAmir VahabSufi Songs of LoveAmir Vahab, Yvette Googas, Gail Niziak, George Stathos
Sun 12:30 AMRainbow RoomNivaAll-female Macedonian band that performs in the traditional village style.Emily Geller, Bridget Robbins, Corinna Snyder, Kristina Vaskys
Sun 12:30 AMGrandviewZurli DrustvoMacedonian Zurla Team: Roots music, primordial instruments, tides of tunes, oceans of harmonic overtones and waves of rhythm for your dancing ecstasy.Jerry Kisslinger, Tamberlaine Harris, Drew Harris
Sun 12:50 AMBallroomMichael Winograd and the Honorable MentshnJoyous Mid-20th Century Klezmer Music for dancing! Clarinetist Michael Winograd leads a band of who's who from the NYC klezmer Velt! Michael Winograd, Eleonore Weill, Frank London, Dan Blacksberg, Zoe Aqua, Lisa Gutkin, Eleonore Biezunski, Keryn Kleiman, Adam Moss, Pete Rushefsky, Ilya Shneyveys, Lauren Brody, Hannah Temple, Don Godwin, David Licht, Richie Barshay, Sarah Meyerson, Sasha Lurje, Craig Judelman, Eva Boodman, Jordan Morton
Sun 12:55 AMGrandviewOpen
Sun_ 1:00 AMChopin RoomDervisiPunk-Rembetika! The awesomely dark, beautiful and hallucinogenic songs and dances of the old-time Greek gangsta underworld, with humor and passion! Rami ElAasser, Petros Dervisi, Steve Antonakos, George Stathos, George Sempepos
Sun_ 1:00 AMRainbow RoomIsra-AlienA high-energy acoustic guitar duo with innovative compositions and imaginative arrangements, deeply rooted in Israel’s musical traditions.Oren Neiman, Gilad Ben-Zvi
Sun_ 1:25 AMBallroomWhat Cheer? BrigadeSince 2005, What Cheer plays party music inspired by global brass traditions, including the Balkans, and the DIY aesthetics of their city, Providence.Ash Russell, Daniel, Stern, Evan Desautels, Larry Mauk, Michael Jeffries, Jude Daubney, Sarah Thomas, Nathan Wolman, Joey Cabral, Hannah Zoll, Chris Erway, Daniel Schleifer, Marlon Battad, Zane Silva, Kya Morin, Jori Ketten, Jim Almo, CJ Jimenez, Johanna Walczak
Sun_ 1:30 AMChopin RoomMountain LionsMountain Lions pounces on zurna-led dance music form the southern Balkans & Turkey, but purrs and growls with alto saxophones and davul.Matt Moran, Peter Hess, Catherine Foster, David Leon