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Meet the Didgeridoo, Accordion, and Harp Up Close and Personal @ the New School of Music’s “World Instrument Workshops”

Listen to the didgeridoo, accordion, and Celtic harp.


Ever want to try your hand at the didgeridoo, accordion, or Celtic harp? Well, now here’s your chance! Just come to the New School of Music’s World Instrument Workshops series! Come on out of the audience and into the classroom where you can actually learn to make a “credible sound” on each of these instruments in one easy 60-90 minute session. No, these are not music lessons in the true sense of the word. Rather they are fun-filled and informative mini-workshops designed to give you an introduction to select ethnic instruments in an intimate, interactive learning environment. Three of the area’s best qualified music instructors will better familiarize you with each instrument through a combination of lecture, discussion, demonstration and best of all actual hands-on experience. Sounds like fun, Yes? The good news is that you don’t need a lick of playing experience in order to participate and all ages are encouraged to attend. Instruments will be provided  unless you choose to bring one on your own.




Pre-Registration for all workshops is required!!! (Call: 617-492-8105)  


Event Details/Instructor Bios:

The Didgeridoo – Entering the Dreamtime (Friday, March 9th, 7:00-8:30 p.m.) ($30.00)

Daniel Orlansky – Has performed professionally both nationally and abroad for 20 years, appearing locally at the Berklee College of Music, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Boston Jazz Festival and elsewhere.

An Introduction to the Accordion (Saturday, April 21st, 1:00-2:00 p.m.) ($25.00)

Emilion Badea – Holds academic degrees from the Romanian Music Academy and Boston University, and has appeared numerous times in his native homeland with the Romanian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and with a number of performing ensembles in the Boston area including,  the Boston Ballet, The Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Classical Players, and others. 

The Harp – A Hands-on-Workshop (Saturday, May 12th, 10:00-11:00 a.m.)($25.00)

Mary Jane Rupert – Has performed both nationally and internationally as both a harpist and a concert pianist, recorded and published music, and taught at various academic institutions across the United States including Oberlin, Indiana University, Boston College, and MIT.

Further Details:

Where: New School of Music (Directions)

More Info: 617-492-8105

(Area Restaurants)  

So, what are you waiting for? Don’t miss out on a great opportunity to actually try out these instruments for yourself, and at the hands of an expert no less. What more could one ask for? 









February 20, 2012 at 7:10 pm Leave a comment

Aquire an Authentic Taste of Central European Roma Culture with the Rajko Ensemble @ Johnny D’s: September 15th, Thursday @ 8:00 p.m.

Listen to the Rajko Ensemble.

The ensemble’s website is mostly in Hungarian.

Prior to 1952, the only real place for a professional gypsy musician to perform for a living was in a local drinking establishment. But then a native Hungarian with big dreams came along and changed all of that. Gyula Farkas established the now prestigious Rajko Music School of Romani performing arts in order to professionally train young gypsy musicians and dancers from the tiniest remote villages in Hungary, Slovakia, Romania, and the Ukraine. Only a very select group of young people are invited to Budapest to come study at this very special school from the tender age of eight until they are eighteen or nineteen years of age and well prepared to perform as members of professional ensembles of all sizes in the best of entertainment venues all over the world. The key to the students’ success, especially with respect to their amazing technical proficiency, is a constant exposure to an extensive training regimen centered around their natural inate ability to improvise music.

A major product of the Rajko School is the highly acclaimed 50 member Rajko Orchestra. Of course, there will not be nearly that many musicians on stage at Johnny D’s, but rather a small eight piece chamber group. Each and every member is a true virtuoso on the specific instrument which they play and some of them have been performing together for vitually 20 years or more!  They will be bringing Roma traditional music of 19th and 20th century central Europe to the Boston audience, soley on authentic instruments matching both the appropriate time period and culture, so you know you are hearing the real deal here in its purest form. This premier folk ensemble has played in the most well-known and respected entertainment settings all over the world, performing for enthusiastic crowds in Europe, Australia, the Far East, and both North and South America. They have also accompanied the performances of top solo artists and dance companies, appeared on national broadcasts both on radio and television, and recorded an impressive number of cds. This highly revered ensemble has not appeared in the US in a very long time, which makes this particular performance all the more special for Boston area listeners.


Event Details:

21+ (Exceptions are made for some shows during the week or early evening on the weekend  – call in advance)

                 General Underage Policy

When: September 15th, Thursday @ 8:00 p.m.

 Where: Johnny D’s (Davis Square)

Tickets: $16.00 (Purchase online here)

More Info: 617-776-2004 (Inquiries regarding upcoming shows, the restaurant, and the dinner reservations policy)

               Additional Contact Info  


September 10, 2011 at 6:17 pm Leave a comment

Get a Taste of a Different Kind of Jazz as Ameranouche Plays the Amazing Arts Center: December 10th, Friday @ 8:00 p.m.

Gypsy jazz, at this stage anyway, is not a widely performed genre in this country so hey world music fans, here’s your chance  to sample something new. Even if you are already somewhat familiar with this style of swing, Ameranouche is sure to take you to heightened levels of appreciation with their award-winning innovative style of global fusion. The ensemble takes its name from a combination of the words American and Manouche which means gypsy and is also the name of a particular group of Romanis who just happen to be ancestors of gypsy jazz legend Django Reinhardt. Although the groups interpretation of the genre is almost entirely original, they credit Reinhardt with having had a major influence on their stylistic development. Their versatile sound appeals to a wide range of listeners with varying musical tastes as it showcases an eclectic mix of many different styles originating from various parts of the globe. Although the tempo is generally extremely upbeat in keeping with their vivacious style of playing, there is a musical break in the action, every now and then, to allow for slower paced numbers.

Founded in 2004, this group has become wildly popular on the local music scene and tours nationally on a regular basis. As a testament to their uniqueness, they have the distinguished honour of being the very first gypsy jazz ensemble to ever grace the stage at the long-running, prestigious JVC Newport Jazz Festival, where the crowd rewarded them with a standing ovation! … Not to mention that they had the additional honor of opening for Herbie Hancock and Sonny Rollins on this particular occasion. The bands other accomplishments of note include the recording of 2 critically acclaimed cds, an inclusion of their music on the soundtrack of a National Lampoon motion picture, and being named winners of the Best of New Hampshire award, twice.

Ameranouche‘s lively, faced-paced music is so intense at times that it almost seems frantic. It is generally a global fusion mix of soul, Romani, bee-bop, funk, and Latin genres artfully blended into the highly innovative sound that has become the groups individual trademark. Upon listening to some audio samples of their work, I was treated to a large number of extremely well executed flamenco-style guitar solos compliments of lead guitarist Richard Sheppard whose fingers can really move across the fret board at an incredible pace. He is joined by rhythm guitarist Ryan Flaherty, who shows great skill and musicianship in keeping abreast of all those rapid meter changes, no matter how feverish the pace becomes. String bassist Xar Adelberg rounds out the trio with her artfully constructed bass lines which do much to add further interest to the overall musical package. Even though this entirely acoustic ensemble is only three in number, they still manage to produce an all-encompassing voluminous sound. If you do come for the performance, be prepared to be absolutely blown away in more ways than one!












Event Details :

When:  December 10th, Friday @ 8:00 p.m.

Where: Amazing Things Art Center (Framingham)

Tickets: $18.00 (general public), $17.00 (students and seniors), $15.00 (members)

            Purchase online or by calling (501) 405-ARTS/x2787

More Info: 501-405-ARTS

(Neighborhood Restaurants)     



November 7, 2010 at 12:42 am Leave a comment

Come Celebrate a Very Special Musical Reunion of Klezmer and Roma Cultures @ Johhny D’s Uptown: August 31st, Tuesday (8:00 – 11:00 p.m.)

World music history in the making can be witnessed at Johnny D’s Uptown at the end of this month! World fusion ensemble The Other Europeans is embarking upon their first North American tour and they are coming to Boston. What makes this band’s music so monumental is the fact that it represents the revival of a long-lost valuable cultural partnership between the Jews and the Roma people of Moldova. These two ethnic groups shared a strong bond between each other back in the old country that resulted in an artful blending of various elements of their two distinctive heritages, one of course being the traditional music. However, thanks to armed conflict, persecution, and eventual evacuation efforts, this precious cultural affiliation ended, sadly enough. Fortunately, through the concerted efforts of the European Union and a number of festival and cultural project committees, this age-old genre of klezmer/gypsy fusion music has been brought back to life through the formation of group of very talented and highly accomplished musicians, all of whom are considered established virtuosos of their instrument. 



The Other Europeans is a group of 14 klezmer or lautari performers hailing from 7 different countries. The band’s instrumentation includes: piano, cimbalom, accordions, trombone, trumpets, tuba, violins, double basses, flutes (some of ethnic character), clarinets, saxophones, and percussion. While the ensemble’s music has managed to re-capture the true traditional flavor of the old European sound it also displays a distinctly modern interpretive flare giving it a fresh new character. The Other Europeans have thus managed to successfully re-established the old, once extinct, Jewish/Roma cultural ties through their intense, emotionally charged music. This rare fusion of the klezmer and gypsy genres makes for quite an interesting listening experience indeed. Come on out to Somerville and experience it for yourself. 




Event Details:

When: August 31st, Tuesday (8:00 – 11:00 p.m.)

Where: Johnny D’s Uptown (across from the Davis Square T stop) 

Admission: $15.00 cover charge (Table reservations optional) (Dinner/Appetizer menus available)

More Info: 617 – 776 – 2004 





August 20, 2010 at 12:33 am Leave a comment

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