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Saturday June 6th at 3pm - Outside concert
American & Balkan Roots Fusion
Formed in 2008, the group is a tight-knit ensemble of multi-instrumentalists who create a unique sonic landscape of crystalline strings, stunning vocal harmonies, captivating rhythms and surprising musical mash-ups. Janam has garnered recognition throughout California and the Northwest, playing to mesmerized audiences and frenzied folk dancers in venues as diverse as Yoshi’s San Francisco, UC Santa Barbara Multicultural Center, Café du Nord, Ashkenaz and the de Young Museum.
Janam proves that the foothills of the Balkans and the Appalachians lie in Oakland. The group’s funky 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
Juliana Graffagna ~ voice, accordion
Dan Auvil ~ percussion, kaval, voice
Tom Farris ~ laouto, guitar
Gari Hegedus ~ oud, saz, mandocello
Lila Sklar ~ violin, voice
"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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