Istanbul Connection: Reconnecting (TWO SHOWS)

Red Poppy Art House (map)

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First show: 6:30pm doors, 7pm show
Second show: 8:30pm doors, 8:45pm show
Admission: $15-20 sliding scale
*A limited quantity of additional tickets will be available for purchase at the door.

Istanbul Connection returns to the Red Poppy as a nine-piece band for a live, intimate performance of Balkan, Turkish, North African, and flamenco music. Come prepared to dance!

Kata Miletich - vocals
Haluk Kecelioglu - vocals, oud, violin
Raúl Vargas - vocals, cajón, percussion
Melissa Cruz - percussion, dance
Sean Tergis - darbuka, tupan
Isaac Weiser - bass
Javier Jimenez - guitar
Danny Cao - trumpet
Joey Friedman - saxophone

Istanbul Connection, a Bay Area musical collective, formed when 13 members of the most in-demand Balkan and Latin bands were gravitationally pulled to visit the city of Istanbul. With a mind towards cross-cultural connection and sonic expansion, these die-hards flew 7,000 miles to represent a piece of the Bay Area music scene. In the process, they have cemented themselves as a supergroup of groove, and since their epic beginnings, the band has performed sold-out show after sold-out show. They continue to draw their inspiration from the musical styles of Turkish maqam, flamenco, rumba, Balkan, and cumbia, which they are so deeply rooted in.


Kafana Balkan

Rickshaw Stop (map)

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Kafana Balkan with Inspector Gadje featuring Ismail Lumanovski. DJ Zeljko. Jill Parker & Little Egypt.

The fun never ends

Kitka in Concert with Hasmik Harutyunyan

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Rohnert Park

Thursday, October 17



Schroeder Concert Hall

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Friday, October 18




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Friday, October 19



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One of Armenia's leading folk singers, Hasmik Hartuyunyan is world-renowned for her work with Yerevan's Shoghaken Ensemble and for her mellifluous renditions of Armenian lullabies, one of the most evocative genres in Armenian music. Her passionate interpretations of melodies from villages across the Armenian plateau offer a mesmerizing glimpse into a lost world. In addition to songs sung by her ancestors from the historical Armenian province of Moush, Hasmik learned many of the songs in her repertoire from elder women who emigrated from Eastern to Western Armenia before or during the Armenian Genocide, as well as from their descendants and old folk song collections.

Kitka's collaboration with Hasmik Harutyunyan is a tribute to the 150th anniversary of the birth of Armenian priest, composer, music educator, and folk song collector Komitas Vardapet (1869-1935). Many consider Komitas the founder of modern Armenian classical music, and countless Armenian folk melodies survived the Armenian Genocide thanks to his vast and painstaking ethnomusicological work. Our Gorani concert program will feature a selection of lullabies, emigrant, love, and work songs collected and arranged by Komitas.