This kafana Balkan we will be featuring:
Inspector Gadje Balkan Brass, Jill Parker & Little Egypt and Dj Željko.
About the band:
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).
About the dancers:
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 the Foxglove Sweethearts. She teaches weekly classes at ODC Commons (SF)
Little Egypt, a San Francisco-based dance theater company founded by Jill Parker, specializes in inventing and interpreting sensuous and intoxicating women’s dances from Egypt and Morocco to the Balkans. Their evocative work is inspired by belly dance reinterpreted through the creative artistic lens of modern tribal fusion belly dance via Jill Parker's format.
About the presenters: Kafana Balkan was the first ongoing Balkan dance party in San Francisco and is the only one of its kind organized by DJ Željko Petković in the Bay Area. Željko hails from Serbia by way of Frankfurt, and, lucky for us, he now calls San Francisco home. DJ Željko has discriminating taste, a seemingly endless collection of great Balkan albums, and love and joy for his music, a crowd-pleasing, danceable Balkan brass sound. Željko promotes Balkan music and culture by producing Kafana Balkan roughly four times a year. Since February 2015, he’s joined by Marco Peris Coppola, Creative Co Strategist and Co Booker, who is helping Kafana Balkan grow and evolve.