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Trio Balkan Strings, Santa Cruz House Concert Thurs May 25th

Trio Balkan Strings will be appearing at a house concert in downtown Santa Cruz at 7:30pm on Thursday, May 25th, 2017. They’re a virtuosic guitar trio from Belgrade, Serbia who perform a unique fusion of Balkan music, crossing various genres with elements of swing, jazz and world music. Zoran Starcevic and his two sons, Nikola and Zeljko play original compositions with great energy, with music based in Serbian, Gypsy, Macedonian, Romanian, Moldavian, Bulgarian, Hungarian, Mediterranean, Greek and Asian roots. All members of the band have been classically trained, but exude an affection for rock, blues, pop and jazz, particularly the hot jazz of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grapelli. To experience their dynamic music in an intimate, up close, acoustic setting, contact Concerts@InstantHarmony.com for reservations and directions. KZSC features World Music on “Heat Wave” Mondays, 9-11am, “Unfiltered Camels” Mondays 4-6pm, and “From the Heart” Thursdays, 4-6pm.

Taraf de Akácfa Tues Mar 15th

Taraf de Akácfa is a band based in Budapest, who met as traveling street musicians in Hungary. They’ll be playing for a dance at Don Quixote’s in Felton, CA on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 7pm. Hailing from Sweden, France, the SF Bay Area. as well as Hungary, they’ve learned traditional folk tunes and songs from some of the finest Roma musicians, and have added their own energetic spin on arrangements of Balkan, Gypsy, and Transylvanian dance music. The band currently includes Johannes Olsson (accordion), Lulu de la Rue (violin), Valentin Desmarais (double bass), Isaac Misri (guitar), and Ferenc Zimbar (cimbalom). Bring your opanke (Balkan dance shoes!), boots and sneakers and be ready to dance up a storm to celebrate the ides of March.

Pasatempo Thurs July 19th

From the soggy town of Seattle comes Pasatempo, a band specializing in old-style music from the Greek underworld, known as “Rebetika” along with other music from the Balkans. They’ll be in concert at Don Quixote’s in Felton, CA on Thursday, July 19th, 2012 at 7:30pm. Led by the husband and wife team of Christos Govetas (vocals, bouzouki and baglama) and Ruth Hunter (vocals, accordion and former member of the Santa Cruz Balkan band Medna Usta) the ensemble also includes Dave Bartley (guitar), Hank Bradley (“The Poison Coyote Kid” on bouzouki), Steve Ramsay (baglama) and Bill Lanphier (double bass) for that wall of emotional sound reflecting the full gamut of sorrow and joy.