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Central/Eastern Europe & Balkan - MUSIC [clear filter]
Saturday, May 26
 

11:00am PDT

Datina Taraf
Romanian Folklore Music

Performers
TD

Taraful Datina

Datina - Taraf is a group of Romanian musicians in love with Romanian authentic folklore music. The band was founded in 2016 to accompany Datina Folk Ensemble and since then it has grown to six musicians and a wide repertoire.


Saturday May 26, 2018 11:00am - 1:00pm PDT
Cornish Playhouse 201 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

3:00pm PDT

Balkan Music Sing-Along
With Dina Trageser

Performers
BM

Balkan Music Sing Along

Dina Trageser is a singer in Seattle, and is the founder and director of Dunava Balkan Women’s Choir. She has been studying and performing Balkan folk music since 1997, and has sung in various classical and folk choirs, including the Radost Women’s Choirs Kosava and Dodole, and... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 3:00pm - 4:20pm PDT
Cornish Courtyard 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109

4:15pm PDT

Ramona Wijayratne & Erik Butterworth
Bulgarian Songs, Accordion, Piano

Performers
RW

Ramona Wijayratne & Erik Butterworth

Ramona McDowell Wijayratne grew up with vocal music and dance from Eastern Europe. She has sung with Dunava, Seattle's Balkan Women's Choir since their inception in 2005. She has traveled to Bulgaria four times, collecting songs and studying technique with many native experts. Erik... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 4:15pm - 4:45pm PDT
Center Theatre 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109

7:00pm PDT

Balkanarama
Balkan Wedding Band Music

Performers
B

Balkanarama

Balkanarama plays traditional and popular dance music from southeastern Europe, including songs of the Balkan Roma, the “Gypsy” people who migrated westward from Rajasthan to Europe a thousand years ago. The Seattle quintet features modern instruments heard at contemporary weddings... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 7:00pm - 7:30pm PDT
Fountain Lawn Stage: Sponsored by Western WA Toyota Dealers 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109

7:45pm PDT

The m9
Balkan Romani Brass Explosion

Performers
TM

The m9

Founded in 2013, The m9 (pronounced The minor 9) draws inspiration from high-energy brass bands from across the globe to create a unique soundscape where East and West collide. The new global fusion sounds of the rich Balkan Romani brass tradition form the core of a repertoire which... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 7:45pm - 8:15pm PDT
Fountain Lawn Stage: Sponsored by Western WA Toyota Dealers 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109

8:30pm PDT

Eurodanceparty USA
Balkan Folkdance-pop!

Performers
EU

Eurodanceparty USA

Seattle-based dance band Eurodanceparty USA is composed of seven American musicians who began crafting their unique take on Balkan music together in 2013. Hailing from the Balkan-inflected brass band Orkestar Zirkonium, the global-folk-pop duo The Lonely Coast, the Eastern European... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 8:30pm - 9:00pm PDT
Fountain Lawn Stage: Sponsored by Western WA Toyota Dealers 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109
 
Sunday, May 27
 

2:00pm PDT

VOLYA
Ancient Belarusian Folk Songs

Performers
V

VOLYA

VOLYA ( means Freedom in Belarusian) is a Belarusian folk group based in Seattle, Washington (USA). It was created in 2009 with the mission of introducing the people of the Pacific Northwest to the beauty and richness of Belarusian folklore. The group’s repertoire consists of traditional... Read More →


Sunday May 27, 2018 2:00pm - 2:30pm PDT
Bagley Wright Theatre Sponsored by KUOW 155 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

2:45pm PDT

Juliana & PAVA
Ancient Russian Folk Songs

Performers
JA

Juliana & PAVA

Juliana & PAVA was founded in 2008 by a Russian folk singer and an ethnomusicologist Juliana Svetlitchnaia with the goal of preserving and promoting Russian folk songs gathered in expeditions to Russian villages where they existed for centuries and were passed down through generations... Read More →


Sunday May 27, 2018 2:45pm - 3:15pm PDT
Bagley Wright Theatre Sponsored by KUOW 155 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

3:30pm PDT

Dunava
Balkan Women's Vocal Ensemble

Performers
D

Dunava

Dunava is a Seattle-based women's vocal ensemble specializing in the a cappella folk music of Eastern Europe. Founded in 2005, Dunava is made up of singers from diverse musical backgrounds who all share a passion for complex and beautiful harmonies. The choir's repertoire includes... Read More →


Sunday May 27, 2018 3:30pm - 4:00pm PDT
Bagley Wright Theatre Sponsored by KUOW 155 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

4:00pm PDT

Nicholas Petrish
Nicholas Petrish Teaches Lindjo

Performers
NP

Nicholas Petrish

Nicholas Petrish is a principle dancer in the Vela Luka Croatian Dance Ensemble and has been performing at Folklife since 1975.Nick was born and raised into a Croatian fishing family in Anacortes, WA. Nick not only plays the lijerica, he also builds them. For the last 28 years, Nick... Read More →


Sunday May 27, 2018 4:00pm - 4:50pm PDT
Armory Court Stage 305 Harrison

7:00pm PDT

Osem i Devet
Balkan Folk Dance Band

Performers
OI

Osem i Devet

Michael and David, Mary and Dragi, all have long histories of performing material from the Balkans. Dragi was a radio soloist in his native country of Macedonia. Mary studied in the Balkans and has shared her knowledge, over the years, directing choirs and creating community events... Read More →


Sunday May 27, 2018 7:00pm - 7:45pm PDT
Armory Court Stage 305 Harrison

7:45pm PDT

Nicholas Petrish
Nicholas Petrish Teaches Lindjo

Performers
NP

Nicholas Petrish

Nicholas Petrish is a principle dancer in the Vela Luka Croatian Dance Ensemble and has been performing at Folklife since 1975.Nick was born and raised into a Croatian fishing family in Anacortes, WA. Nick not only plays the lijerica, he also builds them. For the last 28 years, Nick... Read More →


Sunday May 27, 2018 7:45pm - 8:00pm PDT
Theatre 4 - Dance Workshops 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109

8:00pm PDT

Kef
Balkan Dance Music

Performers
K

Kef

Kef plays dance music of Bulgaria, Serbia, Macedonia, Albania and Greece in the style of the great Macedonian brass bands of the '60s and '70s. Hailing from Eugene, Oregon, the group began in 2006 and has been playing for dancers and listening audiences throughout the Pacific Northwest... Read More →


Sunday May 27, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm PDT
Armory Court Stage 305 Harrison

9:00pm PDT

Trio Tsuica
Romania, the Balkans, and Beyond

Performers
TT

Trio Tsuica

Trio Tsuica plays café and dance music from Romania, Hungary, and nearby countries. The group began in 2010 with three musicians on violin, accordion, and cimbalom—the hammered dulcimer’s extra-large, east-central European cousin. In need of a firm foundation, we eventually added... Read More →


Sunday May 27, 2018 9:00pm - 9:45pm PDT
Armory Court Stage 305 Harrison
 
Monday, May 28
 

12:30pm PDT

Alex with Bandura
Bandura Transplanted to Northwest

Performers
AW

Alex with Bandura

Amateur musician: singing, guitar, and recently bandura have been part of most of my life. Grew up in Ukrainian émigré community in Buffalo, NY. Lived the American folk music revival in 1960's+. In Seattle since 1977. Bandura playing since 1988. Primarily self-taught with intermittent... Read More →


Monday May 28, 2018 12:30pm - 1:00pm PDT
Center Theatre 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109

4:30pm PDT

El Fin del Mundo
Greek, Balkan, Original Tunes

Performers
EF

El Fin del Mundo

El Fin del Mundo is Hank Bradley, Cathie Whitesides and WB Reid. They play music that’s out-of-this- world fun to play: Greek, Serbian, the El Fin del Mundo Rag, Hank’s songs from his latest CD. Each with decades of musical experience performing at Georgia's Greek Restaurant and... Read More →


Monday May 28, 2018 4:30pm - 5:00pm PDT
Folklife Café 321 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

5:45pm PDT

Zakuska
Tasty Balkan Treats

Performers
Z

Zakuska

Zakuska plays for Folkdancing groups in the Puget Sound area. We play and sing a wide variety of traditional dance tunes primarily from Balkan countries including: Bulgaria, Macedonia, Serbia, Albania, Greece and Turkey. One of our passions is to keep Balkan folk dance music alive... Read More →


Monday May 28, 2018 5:45pm - 6:20pm PDT
Fisher Green Stage: Sponsored by KBCS 91.3FM 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109

7:25pm PDT

"Pakava IT"
Pakava It' came into being literally in the streets of Moscow. The innumerable boulevards and parks of the enormous metropolis were the first stage of the orchestra. Mad rhythm and mad dissonances of the Russian capital where the socialist past and the bourgeois future the ignorance of the new riche and lively modern culture desperate chase for luck and unbelievable human warmth exist next to each other shape the music of Pakava. Pakava It ' unites 5 to 20 musicians with most different musical backgrounds. Everything is represented: from jazz and classical period over Ska up to the

Monday May 28, 2018 7:25pm - 8:00pm PDT
Fountain Lawn Stage: Sponsored by Western WA Toyota Dealers 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109