Staro Vino (Peter Bonos, Gregory Masaki Jenkins, Andrew Cohen, Mark Jenkins) will play for Mandala’s Vernal Equinox Celebration! They’ll play a mix of dances from the Bulgarian, Macedonian, Greek, and Romani traditions. All ages! $12 at the door!
Come out to the 12th Anniversary of Kafana Balkan! Support your local arts scene.
Here we are going strong, determined to stay amid dwindling local independent arts and venues. We’ll be featuring bombastic Balkan brass music and stunning bellydance by local favorites .Ismail Lumanovski,Inspector Gadje, Jill Parker & Little Egypt, and DJ Zeljko. The dance floor will be hopping! We are ever thankful for our 12 years running strong and all your support throughout the years. Let’s celebrate together!
Not only was Kafana Balkan the first ongoing Balkan dance party in San Francisco, it's also the Bay Area's biggest Balkan music party masterminded by DJ Željko Petkovi?. Željko hails from the Balkans, Serbia by way of Frankfurt and now resides in San Francisco. We here in San Francisco have the great benefit of enjoying his discriminating taste and seemingly endless collection of Balkan music. DJ Željko clearly loves what he does and he is a crowd pleaser, concocting a genuine brew of highly danceable Balkan Brass. Željko lovingly promotes Balkan music and culture by producing Kafana Balkan roughly four times a year. KB event has won "The Best of" both Bay Guardian and SF Weekly weekly newspapers.
Ismail Lumanovski performs internationally and leads the New York Gypsy Allstars, is perhaps the first Roma clarinet player to graduate from the Juilliard School of Music in New York. His sui generis mastery of Western classical and Eastern folk music have elevated both musics to new heights, and indeed to new octaves in the clarinet.
Inspector Gadje brings a big sound to the beautiful and bumpin' brass band music of the Balkans. With 14 musicians sharing the stage, Inspector Gadje is an acoustic dance machine that makes the party move! A "... RIP ROARING MAD BALKAN BRASS BEDLAM" (KPFA'S Stephen Kent, “Music of the World”) and an "instant party atmosphere” (The SF Chronicle).
JILL PARKER is an international, award winning belly dancer. She is an instructor, choreographer, and founder of the modern tribal fusion belly dance movement.
She's an exceptional belly dance teacher with a gift for demystifying this sensuous form, making its techniques accessible to new dancers, while offering tremendous insight for refinement to advanced dancers. With over two decades of experience, she has trained many of the top dancers in the genre.
Jill is an original member of Fat Chance Belly Dance, founder of Ultra Gypsy, and director of Little Egypt. She teaches weekly classes at ODC Commons (SF).
There will be Rakija -delectible Serbian plum brandy. Warning: :drink at your own risk:!
More on Ismail Lumanovski - https://www.ismaillumanovski.com
More on Inspector Gadje - https://www.inspectorgadje.com
More on Kafana Balkan -www.facebook.com/kafana.balkan
More on Jill Parker - https://www.facebook.com
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This Balkan Sundays will be extra. Greg Jenkins is hosting a Balkan Sundays surprise with a gaggle of musicians. There will be some familiar faces and some who have very rarely played at Balkan Sundays along with people sitting in. Not to be missed!
Balkan Sundays is a free weekly event that takes place at Revolution Cafe in San Francisco. The music act for this evening will be announced the week leading up to the event. Hope to see you there! For more info on Balkan Sundays, click here
Time: 7pm doors, 7:30pm show
Admission: $15-20 sliding scale
*Ticket availability at the door is limited and contingent on online sales.
This year, the Hét Hat Club will be collaborating with Kjartan Code from the Szkojani Charlatans, focusing their repertoire on traditional and traditionally inspired original vocal and instrumental folk music from Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Bulgaria, and Turkey, as well as highly energetic jazz manouche in the classic style of Django Reinhardt.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
The Hét Hat Club is an international traveling Balkan folk and jazz manouche ensemble based out of Budapest, Hungary. The band was formed a little over three years ago by individual traveling street musicians who serendipitously met in Budapest and decided to pursue this project due to their common passion and appreciation for Balkan folk music. The band members have traveled extensively through the Balkans and Caucasus, studying music and dance from local village musicians. They will be returning to the states in March 2019 for their third U.S. tour.