Doors at 7 pm; Dance Lesson with Nadav Nur at 7:30 pm; Performance at 8 pm
Tickets are $12 Day of Show / $10 Advance
With a motto of “plotting to achieve the sublime through the joyful mastery of dance,” the Balkan Dance Cabal is a class that meets twice monthly (2nd and last Mondays) at Ashkenaz to learn intermediate and advanced Balkan dances in a supportive and friendly environment. They are excited to present live music tonight: following a dance lesson with BDC’s Nadav Nur, our leading Bay Balkan band Édessa presents live music for dancing.
For many years one of the Bay Area’s premier Balkan dance bands, Édessa is comprised of musicians who have devoted decades to the study and performance of the rich cultural expressions of the southern Balkans. They play with a deep understanding of the connection between dance and music. Using both traditional and modern instruments, they perform in a variety of styles, featuring long sets that interweave melodies, improvisation and a beat with dancers in mind. The music comes from Albania, Greece, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Armenia, and Turkey, and Balkan Roma (Gypsy). The group and its members have long participated in and taught at Balkan camps across the country, and Édessa was the first band to take Balkan music to Japan.
Édessa is George Chittenden on clarinet, gaida (bagpipe), zurna (shawm), and guitar; Lise Liepman on santouri (hammered dulcimer) and accordion; violinist Ari Langer and percussionist Sean Tergis.