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Join in the Celebration of Bulgaria’s Special Day with Fabulous Folk Song and Dance: May 13th, Sunday @ 5:00 p.m.

Participate with Boston’s Bulgarian-American community as they celebrate the 8th Bulgarian Cultural Festival in New England in recognition of their native homeland’s independence as well as the establishment of the Slavic alphabet. Presented by the Bulgarian-American Center (MADARA), this well-established popular event promises attendees an evening of colorful folk music and dance originating from a wide variety of  local regions throughout Bulgaria. Featured performers will include the folk dancers of Ensemble “HORO” from Chicago, women’s chorus Divi Zheni, and men’s chorus Zornitsa. I know that I have posted about this event before, however, this year activities appear to have been expanded a bit to include native food and games, making it a more family friendly event. So, why not bring the kids along too! This long-running ethnically inspired event is sure to please crowd members of all ages.   

About the Performers

 
Ensemble “HORO” (The Ensemble for Bulgarian Folk Dances) is comprised of 40 or so very passionate adults and teens dedicated to the promotion of their native culture’s performing arts here in the United States and beyond. Artistic directors Irena Gotcheva and Todor Gotchev, both formerly of the highly esteemed Bulgarian troupe Ensemble “Silven”, established this Chicago-based troupe in 2003, assuring that their repertoire would represent all of Bulgaria’s main cultural sects in authentic folk music and dance including, Severniashka, Trakiiska, Shopska, Dobrudjanska, Pirinska and Rodopska. In addition to frequent local appearances throughout the Chicago area, the ensemble has also performed in St. Louis, Toronto, and Montreal. 

 

       

Divi Zheni (Wild Women) is an all-female chorus which performs a most authentic repertoire of Bulgarian  folk songs either a capella or accompanied by ethnic instruments such as the tambura, dumbek, and tupan. Members of this group come from a variety of ethnic backgrounds and range in age from young to old.  Their repertoire includes both village and more popular dance songs which they perform at concerts, festivals and dance events. Founded in 2000, they not only appear locally, but nationally and overseas in Bulgaria as well.

 

 

Zornitsa, the male counterpart to Divi Zheni, was the first group of its kind to perform Bulgarian folk and popular songs. In addition to appearances at folk music events around the New England area, they have also performed in Bulgaria where they were aired on Bulgarian National television.

Tatiana Sarbinska, internationally renowned Bulgarian folk artist,  is the artistic director of both Divi Zheni and Zornitsa. As a recipient of the prestigious honor of National Treasure status, compliments of the Bulgarian government, she is recognized as instrumental in the preservation of her country’s native music culture. Thus, it is under her tutelage that Divi Zheni and Zornitsa are able to perform so successfully in the true Bulgarian folk style.  She has had and still enjoys an illustrious career as a vocalist and has recorded her own cds,  Makedonsko Devojche  and Katerino Mome.  Since 1991, she has shared her numerous artistic talents in the United States through the direction of various ensembles, music events, and workshops.

 

Event Details:

When: May 13th, Sunday @ 5:00 p.m.

                      Doors open at 4:30

Where: ACAS Center (Woburn)

Tickets: $20.00 (Advanced purchase) / $25.00 (At the door) / $5.00 discount for students and seniors / Kids under 12 are free

   Purchase online (scroll down) Or at the Six Stars Market (Woburn) (9 – 5)

More Info: 617-283-4543 OR www.centermadara.org OR center.madara@gmail.com

May 6, 2012 at 2:29 am Leave a comment

Learn to Dance the Argentine Tango with the Experts at the Tango Affair and Then … Hit the Dance Floor in Grand Style

Why not take your appreciation of Latin music to a whole new level with some tango lessons from the folks at the TangoAffair. What better way to increase your connection with the music than to move to it in a most authentic fashion. Rest assured that these experts will having you doing just that in no time! Their well constructed dance program, under the direction of well-seasoned and highly popular  instructor, performer, and choreographer Simonida Cekovic-Vuletic, provides students with not only lessons in the art of Argentine tango but also ample opportunity to enjoy their newly developed skills out on the dance floor at one of their regularly scheduled Milongas (traditional tango parties). Vida Mia takes place on the 4th Friday of the month  and often includes a mini-workshop given by a guest expert. This special lesson is specifically geared towards intermediate level dancers.  Then its party-time featuring a live dj hosting plenty of dance activity designed for tango enthusiasts of all levels. Additional Milongas are also regularly scheduled throughout the year.

Attention!!! I want to point out here that dance classes at the TangoAffair are at a hiatus right now but will be starting up again soon, featuring lesson series designed for both beginners and intermediate level dancers. Check their website for further details and updates. I wanted to give you a heads up here so you can sign up in plenty of time to participate fully in the upcoming sessions. Private lessons are also available by special request. This program, which originated on the campus of MIT, is fully open to the public at this time and is expanding to multiple locations around the Boston area. Obviously, tango fever seems to be spreading in and around Boston! Why not then, come and experience some of the excitement yourself at the TangoAffair.           

  

 

 

General Details

(Check back to the website for further details and updates on the upcoming lesson series) 

When: Classes are 1 hour and 15 minutes long

      Vida Mia – Workshop (8:00 – 9:00 p.m.) / Dance Party (9:00 p.m. -1:00 a.m.)

Where: Classes held in Cambridge, Arlington, Watertown, Boston

      Vida Mia takes place at the Dance Union in Somerville (16 Bow Street) (Directions)  

Admission: Fees specific to each event

                    Vida Mia (Milonga) – Workshop ($10.00) / Dance party ($12.00)

                         MIT students with ID ($5.00 discount)  

More Info: 617-497-5568 OR simonida@tangoaffair.com

March 28, 2012 at 1:57 am Leave a comment

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.

Accordion

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.

Harp

 

 

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? 

Didgeridoo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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

Discover Nimbaya! Guinea’s Sensational First and Only All-Female Drum and Dance Troupe: February 12th, Sunday @ 3:00 p.m.

Nimbaya is Guinea’s world renowned all-female drum and dance troupe. Formed in 1998 as the Amazones Women Master Drummers of Guinea, they made their bold and daring mark on West African culture by being the first feminine players of the djembe, a role reserved solely for the masculine members of this society since ancient times. Actually, it was none other than artistic director Mamoudou Conde, leader of the country’s most honorable and already well established male drumming ensemble “Les Percussions de Guinea”, who felt strongly that a break in tradition was long overdue. Not afraid to rock the boat, he trained these highly skilled female performing artists to be at the absolute top of their game and presented them to the rest of the world only to see his and their courage soundly rewarded with the acceptance and appreciation of countless numbers of international fans.

The members of Nimbaya have become the truest of world ambassadors, promoting the beauty of their culture with the utmost passion and enthusiasm while at the same time courageously speaking out against those aspects of it that are not so “beautiful” in a dedicated effort to bring about positive change. Not to be overshadowed in any way  by their male performance associates, these women perform their own original, highly unique and somewhat modernized version of traditional Guinean performing arts which has proven most effective with audiences of all ages. Their mesmerizing music and dance routines are centered around strong and powerful drum beats which serve as an accompaniment to a series of  highly stimulating and often times extremely rapid dance movements. 

Nevertheless however, Nimbaya also has an all important social message to convey to the rest of the world. Sadly, women in much of Africa are burdened by a society that refuses to accept them as other than the lowliest of citizens, destined to live a life of struggle and poverty. Recruited solely from such pitiful social ranks, each and every member of this troupe has managed to better their life via an opportunity to develop individual talents into useful skills, an option they would like to see become available to all African women, eventually. The ladies of Nimbaya are staunchly determined to get this worldwide message of  hardship and hope across through the heartfelt, personalized stories they tell with great passion through their music and dance. 

For over a decade, this highly talented group  of feminine African artists has shared and continues to share their performance art and its important social message on a global scale in so many ways. (Career details) Wherever they appear, they are enthusiastically embraced by their audiences. Come to Nimbaya’s performance at Sanders Theatre and you’ll see why.

 

Event Details:

When: February 12th, Sunday @ 3:00 p.m.

Where: Sanders Theatre (Harvard Square)

Tickets: $22.00 and $28.00

    Purchase online

More Info: 617-876-4275

(Area Restaurants)

February 8, 2012 at 3:52 am Leave a comment

Join Multi-Talented Egyptian Entertainer Karim Nagi as He Showcases the Culture of the Middle East in a One-of-a-Kind Theatrical Extravaganza: February 10th, Friday @ 8:00 p.m.

Enjoy this clip from Arabized

The Center of Arabic Culture is proud to present Arabized, a unique and original theatrical presentation of Middle Eastern culture as seen  through the eyes of world renown producer and performing artist Karim Nagi. Previously a local resident and highly renowned artist, Nagi comes back to Boston after 5 years of success on the international stage. His well-seasoned experience as a man of many talents serves as the basis for a show that is sure to be a hit. Over the years, he has demonstrated his skills time and again as a master drummer, composer, folk dancer, speaker, educator, recording artist, producer, choreographer, artistic director, and dj. (career highlights) He is a grand master at the art of fusion in more ways than one. First and foremost, his dance productions center around choreography that is totally at one with the music, a unity he views as sacred with respect to any artistic work involving sound and movement. He is also adept at the effective intermingling of traditional and modern styles of dance and music from many diverse cultures, all within a single work. Arabized is a virtual showpiece of all of Nagi’s highly developed and varied skills within a cultural extravaganza of music, dance, and spoken word. A vast array of colorful Middle Eastern folk cultures are brought to life on the stage through Nagi’s inventive re-interpretations of traditional performance arts in modernized form, featuring the incorporation of elements of electronica and other Western music genres.

This event also serves as a kind of cd release celebration, honoring Karim Nagi’s latest recording which shares its name with the show. The music itself is world fusion featuring various combinations of Middle Eastern, Latin and Asian genres  and Arabic-style reinterpretations of well-known classical compositions. During his original tenure in Boston, this highly accomplished and esteemed ambassador of Arabic culture gave rise to no less than 100+ local events, including the long running series entitled “Arabesque Mondays” formerly held at the infamous Club Passim. Find out what Nagi’s current mega-project is all about and be prepared to be highly entertained during a performance of Arabized.

 

 

Event Details:

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

Where: The Cambridge Theater (YMCA) 

Tickets: $20.00 (adults) / $10.00 (students)

More Info: Contacts (Including tickets)

(Area Restaurants)                     

January 31, 2012 at 3:19 am Leave a comment

Spend a Very Special Evening with India’s Highly Revered Sitarist Master Sri Shujaat Khan: November 13th, Sunday @ 4:00 p.m.

Sri. Sujaat Khan is quite possibly northern India’s most highly regarded classical musician of this era. And it should come as no surprise as he comes from a long rich ancestry of India’s most highly-prized musicians, going back as far as 400 years or so. The Khan family established the most prestigious Imdadkhani gharana sitar school which has thus far produced seven generations of players, each of whom has made a monumental developmental impact upon the art of southeastern Asian classical music. Sujaat’s father, the late Ustad Vilayat Khan, is heralded as an absolute musical icon to this day. The younger Khan, also a virtuoso vocalist of great renown, is most known for his ability to bring a distinctive “singing-like” quality to the sound of his instrument, a style referred to as gayaki ang. His instinctive sense of rhythm allows him to improvise in a most intriguing manner, astonishing the crowd every time. He has most definitely firmly established his very own original trademark classical style.

Already performing his own concerts at the tender age of six, Sri. Sujaat Khan has gone on to share both his singing and playing talents on stages of all of the major entertainment venues throughout his native India to many of those located abroad including Carnegie Hall (NYC), Royce Hall (Los Angeles), Royal Albert Hall (London), and Congress Hall (Berlin). One of the high points of his touring career thus far was his participation in 50th year celebration of India’s independence. He travled the US as a featured artist, eventually being honored as the repesentative performer from India in a special United Nations concert held at Geneva’s renowned Assembly Hall. He is a multi-award winner on both a national and international scale and was nominated for a Grammy as a participant in the 2004 world fusion recording “Rain” by the Ghazal Ensemble. He has demonstrated his musical versitility in collaborative performances with the world most renown musicians from New Age star Karsh Kale to classical virtuoso Usted Rashid Khan. As a recording artist, Sri. Sujaat Khan’s output has reached over 60 cds, one of which made Amazon.com’s “100 Greatest World Music Albums of All Time” list.

This world class virtuoso has already taken local audiences by storm. In the year 2000 his performance was  named by the Boston Herald as one of the “top 25 up-comming cultural events for the year”. Now he returns to the area for what promises to be a hugely successful repeat performance. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Event Details: 

This concert is a part of the South Asian MITHAS series.

When: November 13th, Sunday @ 4:00 p.m.

Where: MIT (Wong Auditorium)

Admission: 

Tickets may be purchased online

MITHAS members / MIT students (Free) 

General admission / Non-members ($30.00)

Seniors ($20.00)

Non-MIT students ($10.00)

More Info: www.mithas.org (website) OR mithastimes@gmail.com (email)

(Area Restaurants)                           

November 5, 2011 at 4:48 pm Leave a comment

Get Set for an Evening of Premier Balkan Inspired World Fusion as Theodoshi Spassov’s North American Tour 2011 Comes to Boston: October 21st, Friday (7:30 – 9:00 p.m.)

Listen to Theodoshii Spassov and Vlada Tomova with Balkan Tales. (Scroll down)
 
Join Theodoshii Spassov in the celebration of Bulgarian National Revival Day honoring the very forefathers of an all important movement that sparked a sense of cultural pride within a nation once struggling under Ottoman rule, a movement so effective that it would eventually lead to Bulgarian independence. And a fitting role it is indeed for a musician who is widely recognized as a cultural role model in his homeland, to be leading a North American tour honoring this all important event in Balkan history. It also just happens to be the great kaval virtuoso’s 50th anniversary as well.  Joining him on the Boston tour stop will be world fusion ensemble Balkan Tales, lead by vocal virtuoso Vlada Tomova and featuring guitarist and sitarist Chris Rael. It promises to be an evening of first-rate world fusion music. Spassov will be showcasing his own special brand of Bulgarian folk music both as an instrumentalist and a vocalist, blending the genre in a most creative fashion with elements of  various other diverse ethnic styles, jazz and classical music. His guests, Balkan Tales, will present their own modernized versions of traditional songs not only from the Balkan regions, but also from the Mediterranean, and Middle East, as well, further embellished with smatterings of pop, jazz, funk, and additional world music influences.
 

 

Featured Performers
 
 
Theodoshii Spassov – This Bulgarian super star/nationally acclaimed cultural hero has been successfully touring worldwide for over 20 years. He has recorded over 20 cds either as a contributing performer or on his own. As a recipient of multiple national and international artistic awards, including a Grammy, he was credited in Newsweek’s “Best of the East” article with actually having introduced to the rest of the world his own entirely new and unique genre of music. Active also in the world of film music, Spassov has succeeded both as a composer and performer, having participated in the recording of soundtracks for some of the biggest names in the industry, such as Ennio Morricone and Carlos Silliotto.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Vlada Tomova – In addition to leading the group of internationally recognized musicians that is Balkan Tales, she also established the Bulgarian women’s choir  Yasna Voices, which was at the time, the only ensemble of its kind in New York City. She has also very successfully collaborated  with world music super stars Balkan Beat Box and continues to perform at major music festivals across North America. 
 
Chris Rael – As an established virtuoso of the sitar and the Portuguese and 12-string guitars, he has performed at major entertainment venues across the globe and worked with some of the world’s top musicians. He also founded the wildly popular group Church of Betty as well as his very own record label, Fang Records. He is the producer of a number of cds as well as a whole host of live New York City events. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Also joining this special group of world fusion artists will be local guest stars, jazz vocalist Elena Koleva and jazz fusion soloist Plamen Karadonev. This show is expected to sell-out, so don’t be left out, and order your tickets as soon as possible. 
 

 

 
 
 Event Details:
 
21+ (Minors can attend with an adult and a dinner table reservation)
 
When: October 21st, Friday @ 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

(Doors open at 6:30)

Where: Johnny D’s Uptown (Somerville)

Tickets: $20.00  (Online purchase highly recommended – $2.00 fee)

                           Dinner/Appetizer  Menu

More Info: 617-776-2004 OR 617-800-9720  

         

October 16, 2011 at 1:03 am Leave a comment

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