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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.

Santa Cruz Percolators Live on Backroads, Sun May 24th

SC PercolatorsThe Santa Cruz Percolators will be on the air at KZSC during the Backroads folk show on Sunday (5/24/15, between noon-2pm) for an interview and some live music. The Percolators play a variety of traditional dance music from around the world, featuring melodies from Appalachia, Quebec, Trinidad, Haiti, and Puerto Rico. The band includes long-time Santa Cruz residents Laurie Rivin (fiddle), Janet Dows (concertina), and Paul Rangell (guitar). Their upcoming concert and dance on Wednesday (5/27/15) at Don Quixote’s in Felton, CA will celebrate the release of their new CD “Step Out.”

Cultural celebration at UCSC

“We all smile in the same language” That’s this year’s tagline for UCSC’s Multicultural Festival.

For 36 years, this campus has been dedicated to celebrating the varied cultures of UCSC’s diverse student population with an annual festival. It’s a fun time to share your culture, and take part in someone else’s as they share with you. And what better way to discover a little piece of their experience than through our most common human enjoyments: food and music!

The Multicultural Festival will take place this Saturday, May 16th from 12pm-6pm. Open to all, a great family event!

This year’s featured artists are: Rocky Rivera and La Santa Cecilia

Rocky RiveraThe festival  takes place at Oakes College’s lower lawn.

Oakes is known for its focus on creating a safe space for students from a diversity of backgrounds, offering housing which bears the names of various leaders and cultural icons such as Harvey Milk, Queen Lili’uokalani, Frida Kahlo, Dolores Huerta, and Steven Biko; while bringing to light the issues surrounding culture and ethnicity in our world; some of which students have faced on a personal level.La Santa Cecilia

While we learn about the complexities and tensions in the world, it’s a beautiful moment when we can join together to the motto “We all smile in the same language”.

Here at KZSC we are so glad we can provide the university and Santa Cruz community with a variety of world music shows every week.

Tal National: Moe’s Alley May 5th

In a journey that began with selling their CDs on street corners, to becoming the most popular band in Niger, now Tal National is promoting their new album Zoy Zoy and on tour, playing Moe’s Alley May 5th.
Tal National’s members represent the different cultural groups of Niger. Their music is a mix of traditional and originals, with a rhythmic complexity that separate them from their Afrobeat contemporaries of neighboring Nigeria. The album Zoy Zoy was recorded in Niamey, Niger’s capital, using a remote recording rig in a dusty makeshift studio. Despite this or perhaps because of it, Tal National thrives in a country parched of resources but teeming with music and rhythm!
If you want to enjoy the high energy of a live performance by this Nigerien group, check them out at Moe’s Alley on Tuesday!

DakhaBrakha playing Kuumbwa Jazz April 13th

Ukranian quartet, DakhaBrakha will be playing at Kuumbwa Jazz April 13th as part of their United States tour

This Ukrainian “ethno-chaos” band creates a world of unexpected new music. Accompanied by Indian, Arabic, African, Russian and Australian traditional instrumentation, the quartet’s astonishingly powerful and uncompromising vocal range creates a trans-national sound rooted in Ukrainian culture. The name “DakhaBrakha” means “give/take” in the old Ukrainian language, and they certainly take from many world influences while giving the influence of Ukrainian culture!

You can follow their music and support the artists on bandcamp: https://dakhabrakha.bandcamp.com/

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You can check out here the music video for their song “Please don’t cry” from their 2010 album, Light.  I highly recommend it.

Israeli and world music coming to Santa Cruz

SazNext Monday, March 16, Santa Cruzians can start off their week with music by Diwan Saz who will be performing at Don Quixote’s International Music Hall.

Diwan Saz come promoting an intercultural, harmonious message of common roots/coexistence through middle eastern music. The group will also play the Berkeley Jewish Music Festival and at the South by Southwest festival.

Diwan Saz is a group of musicians from many faiths performing the ancient music of Central Asia, Turkey, Persia, and the Holy Land in Hebrew, Arabic, Aramaic, Turkish and Persian language. Diwan Saz explores melodies from various ethnic and folk traditions.

Diwan Saz is lead by Yohai Barak, who plays Saz and Baglama. Rabbi David Menachem sings the piyutim ( sacred chants), young singer Muhammad Gadir provides folk-like vocals and Turkish singer, Lubne from the Arabic Orchestra of Nazareth adds her voice to the mix. You can see the full ensemble performing live at Don Quixote’s!

For more information on all the musicians and their performances, the website is: www.diwansaz.com

Here is short preview of Diwan Saz performing “Fidayda”