Balkan Music Night Concert and Dance Party
Presented by Folk Arts Center of New England
March 23, 2013
The 28th annual Balkan Music Night brings together folk music and dance enthusiasts from across the Northeast, Balkan Music Night is the largest local event devoted to the compelling, distinctive and stirring repertoires of music and dance from southeastern Europe. The evening features village and urban folksongs, instrumental music for dancing and listening, and dance traditions from Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Macedonia, Serbia, and Turkey. This annual event has grown in size, scope and vitality as musicians from the Balkans, now living in the United States, have joined with American performers to enrich the musical scene. Also participating are young, up-and-coming musicians and dancers who represent "the next generation."
Over twenty ensembles will be performing, including Boston-based Gogofski ("grab-you-by-the-heart music from all over the Western edge of the Ottoman Empire"), Skordalia (zesty Greek music), Pajdashi (sparkling Croatian tamburica music), New York-based Tipsy Oxcart Band ("electric, sweaty, bumpin' Balkan music"), and singer extraordinaire Brenna McCrimmon..
The evening begins with a concert at 7PM, followed at 9PM by a dance party with simple, no-partner dances for which instruction will be provided. The party continues until 2:30AM with refreshments, sing-alongs, and dance performances from local dance troupes. A Kefana also offers acoustic music performed in an intimate space for a more mellow listening experience.