We are optimistically moving forward with a live festival this year! Big thanks to all the bands who stepped up.
Trio Tsuica plays music of Romania, Hungary, and nearby countries. We’re based in Portland, Ore. There are four of us. Long story.
Brent Geary, violin
Kathy Fors, accordion
Peter Whitmore, bass
Paul Beck, cimbalom / țambal
Tip jar: paypal.me/triotsuica
Melez Band exploded onto the scene two years ago with a passionate desire to take traditional Balkan Romani Brass into a fresh new form. Made up of four life-long friends, Melez Band’s hot saxophone and trumpet harmonies, layered with Mik Bewsky’s agile guitar, propelled by the machine-gun pop of Bobby Govetas’s percussion will have you on the dance floor all night long. Fresh from a fall apprenticeship with none other than the legendary Balkan Romani trumpeter, Džambo Agušev, Melez Band has reached a new height, blending Eleni Govetas’s soaring saxophone with Benji Rifati’s driving trumpet melodies for a tight sound that has been filling clubs in Seattle and beyond. Easily the best Balkan Romani Brass group in the US!
Benji Rifati: trumpet
Eleni Govetas: saxophone
Bobby Govetas: goč
Mik Bewsky: guitar
Tip jar: paypal.me/bgovetas
Dunava, or Дунава — the Bulgarian name for the Danube River — is also the name of Seattle’s premier Balkan women’s choir, made up of singers with diverse musical backgrounds and a wealth of performance experience who share a passion for intricate harmonies and traditional vocal techniques. Founded in 2005, Dunava is dedicated to studying and presenting songs and vocal traditions from the Balkans and Eastern Europe with respect and authenticity. Dunava has performed every year at Balkan Night Northwest since the beginning.
Anne Egger, Christi Proffitt, Dina Trageser, Fiore Grey, Hila Lenz, Jen Morris, Jenny Sapora, Meredith Selfon, Olivia Gunton, Raisa Kreek, Ramona Wijayratne, Steph Boegeman, Teodora Dimitrova
Tip jar: paypal.me/RadostFolkEnsemble
Note: for Dunava
Balkanarama plays popular songs of the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s from southeastern Europe, including many songs of the Roma, who migrated from India to Europe about a thousand years ago. The Seattle quintet uses modern instruments heard at contemporary weddings in the Balkans – alto sax, clarinet, keyboard, drums and bass – and four voices singing in eight languages. Balkanarama has performed at festivals, weddings, dance parties and concerts in the Pacific Northwest since 1997 and has released three CDs. Follow them at facebook.com/balkanaramausa.
Ferko Saxmanov, alto sax and vocals; Eva Moon, keyboard and vocals; Michael Gordon, clarinet and vocals; Susan Niemann, drums and vocals; and Kirk Hilse, electric bass.
Tip jar: http://balkanarama.com
“Dromeno” means “traditional ritual” and is an apt name for this group, presenting regional music from across Greece.In the time-honored tradition of the Balkans, Dromeno represents the dynastic approach to music, where the children join the parents and then take flight in their own musical lives. Parents Christos Govetas and Ruth Hunter form the heart of the group, with Christos’ deeply soulful clarinet playing and their vocal harmonies, honed over decades, into an effortless blend. Eleni and Bobby Govetas bring their considerable talent to many instruments, expanding the reach of Dromeno’s musical expression, from traditional Macedonian brass, to Eastern Thracian folk tunes. Nick Maroussis rounds out the group weaving the music together with his skillful guitar and laouto playing.
Christos Govetas: clarinet, voice
Ruth Hunter: accordion, voice
Eleni Govetas: saxophone, violin
Bobby Govetas: daouli, defi
Nick Maroussis: guitar
Nico Sophiea: drums and doumbek
Tip jar: paypal.me/govetas
Palamidhi is a musical duo comprised of members from the Seattle based band Dromeno. With Eleni Govetas on violin, guitar and voice alongside Nick Maroussis on bouzouki, laouto, and voice they explore the music of the Greek islands as well as the urban folk music of the Greek underbelly. Thanks for listening!