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Saturday April 14, 8pm - Inside concert
Balkan, Turkish, Romani, Sephardic and American Roots inspired Music
Janam ("My Soul") creates a compelling mix of Balkan, Romani, Turkish, Sephardic and American roots music & originals. Led by golden-throated Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble veteran Juliana Graffagna, Janam proves that the foothills of the Balkans and the Appalachians lie in Oakland. Janam'sfunky meters, bittersweet modes, driving tunes, and sultry ballads invoke the nightingales and dark eyes, the hot love and cold hollows of Europe and America's most musical mountains. Janam unites the Bay Area's most imaginative and devoted practitioners of Balkan & Near Eastern music, to follow the universal threads of folk songs of disparate traditions. The resulting music is transcendent, sensuous and irresistible.
Janam was formed in 2008 out of a common love and deep respect for the complexity, variety and enduring beauty of the music of the Balkans, Turkey, and America's mountain regions. Each musician has spent years exploring the deep well of these traditional musical forms. Together, Janam strives to create music that is fresh, soulful and texturally rich. Iaddition to Albanian, Macedonian, Hungarian, Greek, Turkish, Sephardic Jewish, Romani ("Gypsy") and Appalachian roots music, Janam's repertoire includes original compositions inspired by the modalities and meters of these musical traditions.
Juliana Graffagna ~ vocals, percussion;
Dan Auvil ~ percussion, vocals;
Tom Farris ~ laouto, guitar, accordion;
Gari Hegedus ~ violin, oud, saz, mandocello; and
Peter Jaques ~ clarinet, ney, vocals
"An innovative ensemble that explores a dizzying range of styles, from Appalachia and Asia Minor to Eastern Europe. The quintet plays swirling, hard-driving music that always seems to end up in unexpected places."
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
"They're a band to watch, with some sterling musicianship and a real sense of fervour about them." SING OUT
Janam musical previews
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