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Saturday Nov 23rd at 8pm - inside concert
Panacea is an eclectic blend of five of the Bay area's most individual and sought after musicians. With a myriad of successful music careers between them, these five dynamic performers have joined their unique and diverse talents to form what is being called a wildly playful ensemble. Clockwise from the lower left: Santuri player Robin Petrie has recorded and toured extensively, playing and singing Celtic and European folk music. Bon Brown Singer is well known as a vocalist and the original artistic director of the Kitka women's chorus. Shira Kammen tours here and abroad as a medieval and early music vocalist and instrumentalist. Accordionist Nada Lewis has led several renowned Balkan and klezmer ensembles in the Bay area. Together their repertoire is as diverse as their experience, with music that travels from Finland to Israel and spends quite a bit of time in the Balkans along the way
SHIRA KAMMEN received her degree in music from UC Berkeley and studied medieval fiddle (vielle) with Margriet Tindemans. A member for many years of Ensemble Alcatraz, Project Ars Nova, and Medieval Strings, she has also worked with Sequentia, Hesperion XX, the Boston Camerata, and the King's Noyse, and is a founder of Class V Music, an ensemble dedicated to performance on rafting trips. She has performed and taught in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Israel, Morocco and Japan, and on the Colorado and Rogue Rivers. Shira collaborated with John Fleagle, and works with the groups Fortune's Wheel and the Sirius Ensemble.
NADA LEWIS is originally from Stockton, CA, where she became interested in folk music, playing guitar, banjo, clarinet, and piano. She graduated from UC Berkeley, where she was active in the Balkan folk dance scene. She founded the Silver String Macedonian Band, the first Balkan revival music ensemble on the west coast, and later co-founded the Romanian-Serbian group Hatsegana. Nada has played and recorded with Klezmorim, co-directed Balkan Pacific, and performed with Troika Balalaikas. She has performed solo at Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas, and for many years has taught accordion workshops at music camps. She has been to eastern Europe collecting music and instruments in Bulgaria, the former Yugoslavia, Romania, and Greece.
ROBIN PETRIE has been performing popular and seldom-heard music on the hammered dulcimer since 1980, and has toured extensively in the British Isles, New Zealand and Japan. She has also recorded both solo and collaborative projects with DNA Records, Flying Fish, and Gourd Music, as well as publishing a collection of Victorian Christmas carols through Mel Bay. Her instructional video, An Introduction to the Hammered Dulcimer, is available through Lark in the Morning music stores. Robin is regularly featured and interviewed in music magazines including Dulcimer Players News and Dirty Linen. At home in Berkeley, California and at events around the country, Robin is highly sought out as a teacher, workshop leader and session player.
BON SINGER, the artist formerly known as Bon Brown, has done extensive research in the field of women's vocal folk music in the Balkans and elsewhere. She directed the internationally acclaimed women's vocal ensemble Kitka for 14 years. Bon has been recognized by experts such as Dora Hristova, the director, and Kalinka Zgureva, a soloist of the Bulgarian radio and television women's vocal choir, a.k.a. Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares, as the foremost director of Bulgarian music in America. Bon is also a cantorial singer for several congregations in California.
PETER MAUND, a native of San Francisco, studied percussion at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and music, folklore and ethnomusicology at the University of California, Berkeley. A founding member of Ensemble Alcatraz and Alasdair Fraser's Skyedance, he has performed with early and contemporary music ensembles including Anonymous 4, Chanticleer, Davka, The Harp Consort, Hesperion XX, Kitka, Los Cenzontles, Musica Pacifica, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Voices of Music, among others. He has served on the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley as well as in workshops sponsored by Amherst Early Music, the San Francisco Early Music Society, the American Recorder Society and the American Orff-Schulwerk Association. Described by the Glasgow Herald as "the most considerate and imaginative of percussionists", he can be heard on over 60 recordings
CD -Panacea - Songs and Dance Music of Europe East and West. The beautiful new CD by Balkan/Rom/East European/Israeli ensemble "Panacea" Exotic, beautiful, and wildly playful. Featuring hammered dulcimer, violin, percussion, accordion, haunting polyphonic vocals