Friday, January 15, 2021

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Saturday, January 16, 2021

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2020 Schedule (last year)

StartVenueGroup Name copyDescriptionMusicians
6:00 PMBallroomMlado SeloThe youth ensemble from EEFC Balkan Camp at Iroquois Springs, NY.Zadie Moran, Raya Ferholt-Wirz, Asher Ferholt-Wirz, Stacey Ann Sternberg, Antanas Mcmullen, Kat Harris, Ariana Harris, Ella Fine, Daniel Schleifer, Daniel Stern, Niko Long, Iliana Melissis, Ainsley Armbrester, Mia Frumin, Magnolia Kondrat-Wilson, Plum Erret, Penny Hess, Micahel Vasilev, Solya Spiegel, Sarah Ferholt, Ainsley Ambrester-Baisch
6:00 PMChopinTa AïdhoniaTraditional Greek songs of Anatolian (Eastern) Thrace and Asia Minor, with exquisite melodies and seductive rhythms, accompanied by virtuoso musicians.Eric Heuberger, Tina Munson, Anne Metaxas, Gikas Mageras, Quinn Moss, Ramona Kohrs, Laura Pannaman, Kei Matsuyama, Quince Marcum, Zachary Wager-Scholl, Seido Salifoski, Eylem Basaldi, Umut Yasmut, Sam Weisenberg, Adam Good, Carol Freeman
6:00 PMRainbowRodynaRodyna, or "Family, " is a gathering of artists and musicians who play eclectic folk music from regions in and around the Balkan Peninsula & Eastern Europe. Its members bring together the love of the music and for each other into their performance. Joseph Castelli, Kazuki Kozuru-Salifoska, Caty Bentler, Marta Jeremko, Jennifer Anya Castelli
6:15 PMAtriumNavatman Music CollectiveA one-of-a-kind choir that explores the depth and beauty of Carnatic (South Indian classical) music while imbuing it with diverse, contemporary influences. Shiv Subramaniam, Shobana Ram, Samyukta Ranganathan, Divya Vasudevan, Asha Unni, Preetha Raghu, Roopa Mahadevan
6:30 PMChopinThe Rosen SistersThis fiddle dancing duo plays a variety of traditional international folk dance tunes with a flair only sisters can share, rounded out with tambura and cello!Bill Cope, Nicole Johnson, Amberly Rosen, Ariana Rosen
6:30 PMRainbowYoung Bulgarian Voices New York (YBVNY)Traditional Bulgarian songs from different parts of Bulgaria - Rodopa mountains, Tracia, Northwest, and Southwest folk regions. The songs are performed either a capella or with accompaniment of gaida, gadulka, and tupan. The group is a unique mix of kids and adults.Elena Krumova, Mariya Berkova, Mariya Vasileva, Matei Kirkbride, Kalina Kirkbride, Mersid Mustafov, Kiril Ketev, Nadejda Radulova, Lubomir Smilenov, Yana Stanisheva, Lora Stanisheva, Stoya Maglova, Vanya Stanisheva, Zora Boyadzhieva, Catherine Springer, Yana Kalinkova, Petya Maglova
6:35 PMBallroomRomashkaRoma and folk music from Russia, Romania, the Balkans, and beyond. Lithuanian-born singer Inna Barmash fronts a band of eight wildly versatile NY musicians. Chris Stromquist, Jake Shulman-Ment, Ljova, Jay Vilnai, Ron Caswell, Ben Holmes, Jeff Perlman, Inna Barmash
6:45 PMAtriumUkrainian Village VoicesNYC-based collective of Ukrainian and non-Ukrainian singers, whose mission is to preserve and revive the polyphonic singing style of Ukraine’s villages. UVV frequently focuses on seasonal celebrations, ritual songs, as well as lyrical music. Ulana Pryjmak, Asia Mieleszko, Natalie Oshukany, Andrew Otto, Ezra Halleck, Iryna Voloshyna, Annie McEwan, Tirzah Brott, Iryna Kit, James Kogan, Jess Shane, Katie Pawluk, Lecia Bushak, Liebe Weinstein, Max Temnogorod, Ryan O'Donnell, Veronica Dougherty, Xandra Clark, Yuliya Osyka, Zoya Shepko, Anna J Witiuk
6:45 PMGrandviewVeveritseSerbian/Macedonian-style brass band banging out the hits.Chris Schroth, George Rush, Jason Hicks, Lily Paulina, Quince Marcum, Matt Moran, Daniel Stern, Nicholas Mauro, Sarah Ferholt
7:00 PMChopinLozaMacedonian and Romani traditional music. A blend of Izvorna (Village/Roots) and Chalgia (Old Town/Ottoman) styles.Adam Good, Seido Salifoski, Usin Ibraimov, Vedran Boshkovski
7:00 PMRainbowBalkan FieldsVocal and instrumental music for dancing. Primarily Bulgarian, with some Macedonian and Romani in the mix.Ralph Iverson, Melinda Hunt, Henry Goldberg, Melika Fitzhugh, Melinda Fields, Dean Brown
7:05 PMBallroomOrchester PraževicaMusic of the Danube basin. Balkan, Eastern European, and Roma music from the countries of the lower Danube - Slovakia, Hungary, former Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Romania. Ashley Blume, Christine Kharazian, Christie Macdonald, Annie Bailey, Jim Hannah, Tomáš Drgoň
7:15 PMAtriumTernovka EnsembleThe transcendent Yiddish singer Zhenya Lopatnik, a recent transplant to NYC from Kharkiv, Ukraine, joins a group of leading musicians who are revitalizing the sounds of traditional East European string bands. Haunting folk ballads, rollicking klezmer instrumentals, and Yiddish anthems that you can’t help but sing along with, as well as new musical settings of the poetry of Mani Leyb. Joanna Sternberg, Keryn Kleiman, Zoë Aqua, Jake Shulman-Ment, Zhenya Lopatnik, Pete Rushefsky
7:20 PMGrandviewTrio SefardiThree performers who share a love of and wide-ranging experience with Sephardic music, having played with La Rondinella, The Western Wind, and their honorary nona, National Heritage Fellowship honoree Flory Jagoda.Howard Bass, Susan Gaeta, Tina Chancey
7:30 PMChopinHarris Brothers Balkan BandTraditional and contemporary arrangements of Folk and Roma dances and songs, primarily from Serbia, Macedonia, Bulgaria, and Greece. Brian Slatterly, Adam Matlock, Ben Thomas, Helen Marx, Tamberlaine Harris, Drew Harris
7:30 PMRainbowNew York SpelmanslagTraditional fiddle & string band playing tunes for Swedish and Norwegian dances, including polska, schottis, hambo, and waltz.David Meer, Mel Meer, Ellen Gronnigen, Scott Gianelli, Paul Friedman, Petra Kirstein, Patrice George, Ryan Drickey, Stacey Ann Sternberg, Loretta Kelley
7:35 PMBallroomSlavic Soul Party!Balkan Brass Funk.Don Godwin, Adam Dotson, Tim Vaughn, Kenny Warren, John Carlson, Peter Hess, Peter Stan, Matt Moran, Rich Stein
7:45 PMAtriumSupruliNYC-based choir devoted to the traditional polyphonic singing of the Republic of Georgia.Brian Fairley, Maddie Legro, Hannah Berger, Marina Kaganova, Carolyn Hietter, Sarah Mullins, Sarah Kessler-Wolven, Alex Kutubidze, Leo Decristoforo, Jay Laubscher, Andrew Broaddus, Ezra Halleck, Carl Linich
8:00 PMChopinKolegiKolegi is a New Haven, CT-based quartet playing Eastern European music from Romania to Greece, and a few points farther afield. Ian Macmillen, Brian Slatterly, Adam Matlock, Helen Marx
8:00 PMGrandviewKids Klezmer NYCKids’ band, with a few adult ringers, playing traditional klezmer dance music - bulgars, freylekhs, khusidls, horas.Sarah Ferholt, Deb Strauss, Solomon Egan, Bernadette Fraidstern, Lev Garfein, Madeline Solomon, Mathilda Rushefsky, Asher Rushefsky, Leo Steckel, Naomi Steckel, Gabe Rushefsky, Charlotte Rothblatt, Eli Rothblatt, Dinah Slepovitch, Pinya Minkin, Estelline Quinn, Esther Gottesman, Merceditas Mañago-Alexander, Raya Ferholt-Wirz, Asher Ferholt-Wirz, Gilana Steckel, Ilana Davis, Isaac Alexander, Ariella Alexander, Aaron Alexander, Ira Temple, Sophie Katz
8:00 PMRainbowWind Of AnatoliaTurkish Folk and Pop Music.Berra Beyoglu, Seido Salifoski, Ian Kenselaar, Umut Yasmut, Afsar Barlas, Evrim Cicek, Ismail Siglam, Fatih Bayram
8:15 PMAtriumGogofskiMacedonian, some Bosnian Sevdah (great songs!). And elsewhere. Real stuff.Kasia Sokalla, Gawain Thomas, Henry Goldberg, David Golber
8:15 PMBallroomElem All-StarsMix of Roma music originating from Macedonia, Turkey, and Bulgaria.Erdoan, Lubomir Smilenov, Mersid Mustafov, Ersan Mamudoski
8:20 PMGrandviewBrass JamSarah Ferholt
8:30 PMChopinSarma Brass Band10-piece Balkan Brass Band that evokes the energetic grooves and soaring melodies of the Balkan Roma.Alber Baseel, Panos Georgakopoulos, Joe Ricard, Michael Prentky, Aaron Kisslinger, John Cushing, Tyler Hauer, Andrija Gavrilović, Aya Safiya, Tano Brock
8:30 PMRainbowGeorgi and MattsBulgarian dance music! Accordion, guitar, and tapan.Matt Moran, Matt Schreiber, Georgi Petrov
8:45 PMAtriumMurmurosiMurmurosi (Мурмуроси) is a duo who sing Ukrainian polyphonic folk songs. Raw, dense harmonies combine with simplicity, perfectly conveying the hardships and prosperities of Ukrainian village life. Natalia Telentso, Eli Camilo
8:55 PMBallroomMames BabegenushA sonic crossroads where east unexpectedly meets...north! The young Danish band's unique musical fusion marries their strong Scandinavian roots and elements of jazz with the vibrant dance music and klezmer traditions of Eastern Europe.Morten Ærø, Andreas Møllerhøj, Nicolai Kornerup, Emil Goldchmidt, Bo Rande, Lukas Rande, Justine Bayod Espoz (Management)
9:00 PMChopinBrooklyn Čalgija Radio Television Orkestar (BČRTO)Dance tunes from Slavic Macedonian Čalgija repertoire...Skopje radio musicians and Tale Ognenovski melodies.Philip Mayer, John Murchison, Nezih Antakli, Marandi Hostetter, Greg Squared, Adam Good
9:00 PMRainbowSzikraTraditional Hungarian dance music of the csángó people from Moldva and Gyimes in Romania. The energetic, ancient pulse of this music ignites the dancers’ fervor, and inspired the band name Szikra, which means “spark” in Hungarian. Csángó dances are lively and easy to follow, and include both line and couple dances, many with syncopated rhythms.Loretta Kelley, Chris O'donnell, Joseph Kroupa, Emese Prandovszky
9:10 PMAtriumZulalZulal celebrates the trials and joys of old Armenian village life, from the echoes of loss to the enduring vibrations of dance and celebration. Yeraz Markarian, Teni Apelian, Anais Tekerian
9:10 PMGrandview101 Kaba Gaida and Tupan / YBVNYTraditional Bulgarian folk music predominantly from the Rodopa mountains, Tracia, and Southwest regions of Bulgaria. The main instruments are gaida (Bugarian bagpipe) and tupan (Bulgarian two-headed drum).Kalin Kopachev, Thea Hambright, Marin Grigorov, Ohannes Berin, Bonnie Silver, Elyse Dubin, Ivan Petrov, Carlton Chotalal, Bill Cope, Teodor Todorov, Dinyo Yanchev, Georgi Petrov, Kamen Kresnitchki, Richmond Johnson, Boris Iliev, Lubomir Smilenov, Adam Loomis, Yordan Kolev, Matthew Parks, Kalin Kresnitchki, Ralph Knagh, Nedyalko Ketev, Mersid Mustafov, Kiril Ketev, Hinako Sato
9:30 PMChopinMac & Cheeze Balkan Power TrioTraditional and contemporary music from Macedonia, Albania, and Bulgaria.Jo Dun-Jones, Tim Allen, "Matthew ""Max"" Fass"
9:30 PMRainbowSouren Baronian & FriendsMiddle Eastern.Paul Brown, Rami Elaasser, Lee Baronian, Souren Baronian, Robert Boghosian
9:35 PMAtriumVillage VoicesHauntingly beautiful and rarely heard traditional two-voiced songs of Bulgaria, sung with centuries-old vocal styling and heart.Ruth Orlowicz, Kei Matsuyama, Carol Freeman
9:35 PMBallroomZlatne Uste Balkan Brass BandBalkan Brass.Aaron Kisslinger, Kalun Leung, Helen Marx, Emerson Hawley, Jerry Kisslinger, Emily Geller, Seido Salifoski, Don Godwin, Belle Birchfield, Matthew Smith, Morgan Clark, Marian Eines, Sarah Ferholt, Daniel Stern, Catherine Foster, Michael Ginsburg, Tamberlaine Harris
_10:00 PMChopinDomaći TrubačiMontréal's only Trubači band focuses on the authentic Serbian and Macedonian sounds - both traditional folk music and the pop classics.Blanche Moisan-Methé, Julian Selody, Thierry Arsenault, John Thompson-Figueroa, Edouard Touchette, Natalia Telentso, Guillaume Garant, Eli Camilo
_10:10 PMAtriumIstanbul TrioClassical and popular Turkish music...The music from the crossroads of civilizations...The music stretching from the Balkans to the Middle East... Enjoy the combination of 3 vocalists, a classical kemenche, an oud, and a classical guitar!Philip Mayer, Aslihan Erkisi, Ertugrul Erkisi, Fatih Bayram
_10:10 PMRainbowLoretta KelleyNorwegian hardingfele for dancing.Loretta Kelley
_10:30 PMBallroomMerita Halili, Raif Hyseni & Montclair State Univ. EnsembleMontclair State University Albanian Balkan Ensemble.Ardith Collins, Becca Jones, Peter Sardina, Erin Paul, Robert Levin, Melanie Samaan, Vito Cakaroglu, Federico Perez, Ronal Bonilla, Sara Marcus, Josephine Porter, Jeongseok Suh, Ashley Geathers, Isabel Adorno, Irene Hrousis, Rebekah Kusher, Raif Hyseni, Merita Halili
_10:30 PMChopinZlatne IzvornoPece Atanasovski izvorno dance music.Adam Good, Jeff Fine, Alan Zemel, Marjorie Selden, Jerry Kisslinger, Bill Cope
_10:30 PMGrandviewYAMMSYouth ensemble that toured Serbia and Macedonia summer 2019, learning in workshops with Nizo Alimov, Neshat and Ferisan Zekirov, Bajsa Arifovska, Ekrem Mamutovic, Jovica Ajdarovic, Demiran Cerimovic, and Cerim Becirovic. They will perform the new tunes that they learned on that workshop trip!Daniel Schleifer, Jesse Shearer, Sophie Kropf, Kat Harris, Anna Goldberg, Antanas Mcmullen, Niko Long, Jo Benomar, Peter Sieck, Asher Ferholt-Wirz, Raya Ferholt-Wirz, Marta Bartholomew, Felicia Goldberg, Luke Slomba, Ariana Harris, Lizzy Dargie, Daniel Stern, Aaron Kisslinger, Ella Fine, Adrian Sieck, Sarah Ferholt
_10:35 PMRainbowPolyphonic Group of Academy of Hellenic PaideiaPolyphonic song of Epirus, a cappella and with the accompaniment of instruments, mostly Greek Klarino and Defi. Vassiliki Kosta, Vassiliki Dalliani, Giorgos Tseros, Christina Tserou, Valentina Moca, Kostando Kolezi, Antoneta Varsami, Katerina Alexaki
_10:40 PMAtriumYasna VoicesBulgarian folk songs, both village and arranged styles, as well as original compositions written for the group, all performed a cappella.Sarah Valdez, Ella Caplin, Elena Jankova, Mara Kravitz, Barbara Elting, Bitzi Gerasimova, Marissa Arciola, Lemon Guo, Karen Matthews, Marta Sarandeva, Arya Samuelson, Annie Beliveau, Larkin Grimm, Elyse Dubin, Melinda Hunt, Vlada Tomova
_11:00 PMRainbowAmir Vahab TrioPersian Folk Music.Amir Vahab, Yvette Googas, Gail Wiggin
_11:05 PMBallroomIsmail Lumanovski & Inspector GadjeBalkan Brass.Nathaniel Berman, Greg Michalec, Jeff Giaquinto, Paul Marini, Josh Serodiac, Marco Peris, Sean Tergis, Ismail Lumanovski, Labros Filippos, Joey Friedman, Dan Cantrel, Morgan Nilsen, Will Magid, Danny Cao, Shane Cox
_11:05 PMChopinRaya Brass BandBalkan Brass."Matthew ""Max"" Fass", Don Godwin, Rich Stein, Chanell Crichlow, Sam Kulik, Adam Dotson, Darren Johnston, Ben Holmes, Nezih Antakli, Greg Squared
_11:05 PMGrandviewZurli Drustvo(Loosely translated: “Zurla Guys”) are a Macedonian Zurla Team (paired Macedonian-style zurlas and tupan): 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
_11:10 PMAtriumYale Slavic ChorusA cappella group that sings folk music from Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and the Republic of Georgia, among other regions. Kaitlin Kan, Natasha Partnoy, Julianna Gross, Julia Hontaruk-Levko, Josephine Holubkov, Vivian Yi, Valerie Navarrete, Tom Coile, Tereza Podhajska, Shalhevet Schwartz, Jojo Attal, Claire Saint-Amour, Jerilyn Mclean, Fiona Kurylowicz, Anna Mcniel, Nadia Grisaru, Maya Pasic
_11:30 PMRainbowFenyes BandaHungarian and Transylvanian village dance music.Raul Rothblatt, Gyorgy Kalan, Claire Bright
_11:35 PMAtriumTsibeleTsibele ("tsih-beh-leh") is a new-traditional klezmer band based in Brooklyn. Their repertoire comes from Moldovan/Bessarabian music and the music of Jewish migrants from Europe to America. Tsibele means “onion” in Yiddish.Eleonore Weill, Ira Temple, Eva Boodman, Zoe Guigueno, Zoë Aqua
_11:35 PMChopinGreek JudasGreek Judas plays heavy rock versions of Greek Rebetika.Nick Cudahy, Adam Good, Wade Ripka, Quince Marcum, Philip Mayer
_11:45 PMGrandviewMountain LionsMountain Lions pounces on zurna-led dance music repertoire from the southern Balkans and Turkey, but purrs and growls with alto saxophones and drum exclusively.Matt Moran, Greg Squared, Catherine Foster, Peter Hess
_11:50 PMBallroomLyuti ChushkiLyuti Chushki means “hot peppers” in Bulgarian. Playing traditional Bulgarian music for weddings, concerts, festivals, dance parties and feasts since 1997. Paul Brown, Bill Cope, Bryndyn Weiner, Varol Saatcioglu, Boril Peichinov, Valeri Georgiev, Petya Maglova
Sun 12:00 AMRainbowNivaAll-female Macedonian village ensemble with tambura, kaval, tupan, and 3-part vocal harmony.Bridget Robbins, Emily Geller, Corinna Snyder, Kristina Vaskys
Sun 12:05 AMChopinWest Philadelphia OrchestraBalkan brass band with Bulgarian vocalist. We like to party.Jim Parker, Frank Rein, Hayley Varhol, Larry Toft, Elliott Levin, Larry Goldfinger, David Fishkin, Eric Sherman, Dawn Webster, Adam Hershberger, Petia Zamfirova, Chad Brown, Gregg Mervine
Sun 12:20 AMGrandviewLitvakusBelarusian/Polish/Lithuanian and Jewish Litvak klezmer music. Shtetl disco, old-time Yiddish, Belarusian, Polish/Jewish songs. HIP as in hip and as in historically informed performance.Zoë Aqua, Zisl Slepovitch, Aaron Alexander, Ilya Shneyveys, Dmitry Ishenko
Sun 12:25 AMBallroomAvram PengasMusic from around the world.Seido Salifoski, Elysa Sunshine, Nick Mandoukas, Avram Pengas
Sun 12:30 AMRainbowZikrayatArab music from the "Golden Age, " especially 20th century repertory from Egypt and Syria.John Murchison, Brian Prunka, Nezih Antakli, Rami Elaasser, Umut Yasmut, Sami Abu Shumays
Sun 12:35 AMChopinNovi Hitovi Brass BandFlaming-hot South Serbian and Macedonian Roma brass bangers.Daniel Schleifer, Nathan Wolman, Ella Fine, Daniel Stern, Kalun Leung, Felicia Goldberg, Don Godwin, Matt Moran, Aaron Kisslinger, Ersan Mamudoski, Nathan Bergman Dean, Tano Brock
Sun 1:05 AMBallroomAmerike Klezmer BrassKlezmer dance music with a brass twist!Aaron Alexander, Ilya Shneyveys, Emil Goldchmidt, Naoki Hishinuma, Eli Camilo, Sarah Myerson, Jordan Hirsch, Ariane Morin
Sun 1:05 AMRainbowDolunayDolunay infuses classic and contemporary traditions with an urban grit that can only be found in NYC’s confluence of musical and cultural forces. With an array of original compositions offered alongside renditions of Turkish and Rumeli standards, the music of Dolunay (Turkish for “full moon”) offers listeners an escape from the press of city life.Eylem Basaldi, Adam Good, Jenny Luna
Sun 1:10 AMChopinParadox Trio with Labros FillippouFive cd’s and twenty five years later the Paradox continues with its 4 original members. Still communicating in the unique musical language they developed back in the day at New York's Knitting Factory with their brand of Balkan fusion via original and source material.Seido Salifoski, Rufus Cappadocia, Brad Shepik, Matt Darriau
Sun 1:30 AMBallroomWhat Cheer? Brigade20+ piece brass band from Providence, RI. Very loud. You'll dance.Sarah Thomas, Jude Daubney, Jones Mann, Nathan Wolman, Mitchell Barys, Ben Hayes, Ash Russell, Tal Gur, Addy Schuetz, Kah Yangni, Johanna Walczak, Joey Cabral, Hannah Zoll, Deidra Montgomery, Chris Erway, Michael Jeffries, Rex Wood Trujllo, Daniel Schleifer, Zane Silva, Lucy Coykendall, Kya Domino, Jim Almo, Jori Ketten
Sun 1:35 AMChopinKavalaBrass music from Northern Greece.Paul Brown, Matt Moran, Jerry Kisslinger, Belle Birchfield, Morgan Clark, Catherine Foster, Michael Ginsburg
Sun 1:35 AMRainbowAya SafiyaSinger, songwriter and violinist who specializes in interpreting traditional songs from the Mediterranean, the Rromani diaspora, and island cultures. With her hauntingly beautiful and emotional voice, she captivates her listener and puts her audience in a spell.Panos Aivazidis, Tano Brock, Andrija Gavrilović, Aya Safiya, Hinako Sato, Miguel León