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Oct
7
1:30 PM13:30

Semiannual Reunion of the UC Berkeley Folk Dancers Balkan Folk Dance

1:30pm to 5pm

Tickets $7

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We're having a vegetarian potluck for our semiannual  reunion of the UC Berkeley Folk Dancers

This monthly event is a revival of ’70s-style Berkeley folkdancing with some international request dancing to recorded music, capturing the spirit that David Nadel was inspired by when he opened Ashkenaz in 1973 with Balkan folkdancing. One does not need a live band to experience the communal pleasure of dancing together.

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Balkan Dance
Oct
3
7:00 PM19:00

Balkan Dance

Doors at 6:30 pm / Balkan dance lesson at 7:00 pm / Dance at 8:00 pm

Tickets are $7

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This monthly event is a revival of ’70s-style Berkeley folkdancing with some international request dancing to recorded music, capturing the spirit that David Nadel was inspired by when he opened Ashkenaz in 1973 with Balkan folkdancing. One does not need a live band to experience the communal pleasure of dancing together, and the dance lessons help newcomers join in the experience.

 

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Balkan Dance
Sep
5
6:30 PM18:30

Balkan Dance

Doors at 6:30 pm / Balkan dance lesson at 7:00 pm / Dance at 8:00 pm

Tickets are $7

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This monthly event is a revival of ’70s-style Berkeley folkdancing with some international request dancing to recorded music, capturing the spirit that David Nadel was inspired by when he opened Ashkenaz in 1973 with Balkan folkdancing. One does not need a live band to experience the communal pleasure of dancing together, and the dance lessons help newcomers join in the experience.

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Balkan/Greek Post-Camp Gathering Dance Party with Edessa
Jul
1
6:00 PM18:00

Balkan/Greek Post-Camp Gathering Dance Party with Edessa

Doors at 5:30 pm; Show at 6:00 pm

Tickets are $12

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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.

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Balkan Folk Dance
Mar
7
8:00 PM20:00

Balkan Folk Dance

Doors at 6:30 pm; Show at 8:00 pm

Tickets are $7

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This monthly event is a revival of ’70s-style Berkeley folkdancing with some international request dancing to recorded music, capturing the spirit that David Nadel was inspired by when he opened Ashkenaz in 1973 with Balkan folkdancing. One does not need a live band to experience the communal pleasure of dancing together, and the dance lessons help newcomers join in the experience.

 

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Balkan Folk Dance
Feb
7
7:00 PM19:00

Balkan Folk Dance

Doors at 6:30 pm; Show at 7:00 pm

Tickets are $7

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This monthly event is a revival of ’70s-style Berkeley folkdancing with some international request dancing to recorded music, capturing the spirit that David Nadel was inspired by when he opened Ashkenaz in 1973 with Balkan folkdancing. One does not need a live band to experience the communal pleasure of dancing together, and the dance lessons help newcomers join in the experience

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Taraf De Akacfa
Feb
2
8:30 PM20:30

Taraf De Akacfa

Doors at 7:30 pm; Show at 8:00 pm

Tickets are $18 Advance / $20 at the Door

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Taraf de Akácfa is an international 6 piece ensemble based out of Budapest, Hungary performing Balkan and Eastern European folk music. The band was formed 5 years ago by travelling street musicians who met in Budapest, and decided to stay there for their common passion and appreciation for this tradition of music. Over the years members of the band have had the opportunity to study and perform with world renown folk musicians such as Taraf de Haidouks, Tcha Limberger, and Mercel Ramba. They mix their knowledge of different musical backgrounds to blend traditional styles with new ideas and arrangements. Their repertoire ranges from danceable Macedonian Coceks; and complex odd time Bulgarian melodies; to Romanian Gypsy Horas and heart wrenching Transylvanian songs. Taraf de Akácfa has performed at weddings, festivals, dance halls and concerts throughout the US and Europe. They successfully toured the USA in March 2016 and released their first full length album recorded in Budapest, Hungary in October 2016. They will tour through California for 3 weeks beginning in January 2018.

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Balkan Dance Party with Zabava!, plus Dance lesson with Nadav Nur and Jerry Duke
Jan
28
7:30 PM19:30

Balkan Dance Party with Zabava!, plus Dance lesson with Nadav Nur and Jerry Duke

Doors at 7:00 pm; Dance lesson with Nadav Nur and Jerry Duke at 7:30 pm
Show at 8:00 pm

Tickets are $12

Presented by Balkan Dance Cabal

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Zabava!, whose name means “party,” plays energetic, soulful, and rhythmically dazzling music, from the center of the dance floor, in the Bulgarian, Greek, Macedonian, and Romani traditions. This group of superb musicians recreates the vibrant interplay of traditional music and dance from these cultural crossroads. Zabava! features Bill Cope (gaida, bouzouki, tambura, accordion, vocals), Michele Simon (vocals, tapan, hand drum), Tom Farris (tambura, guitar, hand drum) and special guest Juliana Graffagna (vocals, tambura).

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Balkan Folk Dance
Jan
3
7:00 PM19:00

Balkan Folk Dance

Doors at 6:30 pm; Show at 7:00 pm

Tickets are $7

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This monthly event is a revival of ’70s-style Berkeley folkdancing with some international request dancing to recorded music, capturing the spirit that David Nadel was inspired by when he opened Ashkenaz in 1973 with Balkan folkdancing. One does not need a live band to experience the communal pleasure of dancing together, and the dance lessons help newcomers join in the experience

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Annual New Year’s Eve Balkan Bash: Édessa, Drómeno & more!
Dec
31
9:00 PM21:00

Annual New Year’s Eve Balkan Bash: Édessa, Drómeno & more!

Doors at 8:30 pm; Show at 9:00 pm

Eventbrite - Annual New Year’s Eve Balkan Bash: Édessa, Drómeno & more!

Tickets are $25

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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.

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Seattle’s exuberant band Drómeno plays dance music from all over the Balkans, including the driving brass band music from the border of Greece and the former Yugoslavia, the mournful clarinet tunes from Ipiros and Albania, the energetic dance tunes from Greek and Bulgarian Thrace. Drómeno is the name the famed Govetas family has chosen for this grouping of musicians both young and only slightly older. Drómeno is Greek for a cultural happening, event, custom, tradition. 
Christos Govetas (clarinet, bouzouki, zourna, and voice) and Ruth Hunter (accordion and voice) have been playing Greek music and other Balkan music together for more than 20 years. Hunter played Ashkenaz years ago, and Govetas has been here more recently in the band Ziyia. In their family band, Drómeno, they are joined by their children Eleni (doumberleki, defi, drums, sax, zourna and double bass) and Bobby (daouli, drums, trumpet), as well as Nick Maroussis (laouto, guitar, and baglama). Additionally, Peter Lippman and Benji Rifati play trumpet for full-tilt Macedonian brass pieces.

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Balkan Folkdance
Jun
14
6:30 PM18:30

Balkan Folkdance

Doors at 6:30 pm; Balkan dance lesson at 7:00 pm; Dance at 8:00 pm

Tickets are $7

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This monthly event is a revival of ’70s-style Berkeley folkdancing with some international request dancing to recorded music, capturing the spirit that David Nadel was inspired by when he opened Ashkenaz in 1973 with Balkan folkdancing. One does not need a live band to experience the communal pleasure of dancing together, and the dance lessons help newcomers join in the experience.

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