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MWE + True Life Trio

January 5, 2013 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Vocals, Reads and Beats


MWE puts a modern and eclectic twist on Turkish and Balkan folk music. This acoustic wind ensemble plays traditional songs with the rarely paired clarinet and the double-reeded zurna. Add some clarinets and a Davul, a shoulder slung marching drum, and you’re about the closest to heavy metal you can get without amplification. Their shows are loud, wild and raucous affairs known for drawing entire audiences on their feet in one song or less.


Calvin Lai: zurna
Peter Jaques: clarinet
Greg Jenkins: clarinet
Sean Tergis: davul


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Harmonies From The Balkans And Beyond


True Life Trio weaves sumptuous vocal harmonies and sultry rhythms from Eastern Europe, the Americas & beyond. TLT explores the creative possibilities of cross-fertilization of different traditions with unlikely timbres connecting Bulgaria to the Bayou.


TLT’s improvisation-laced repertoire includes original songs and folk tunes from far-flung lands such as Macedonia, Louisiana, Albania, South Africa, Ukraine, Mexico, Poland, Italy and Georgia. The trio delves deep into the vast array of folk music that lends itself to three-part vocal harmony, massaging and expanding the boundaries of these traditional styles. The result is a sweet, sonic explosion that melts in the listener’s ear.


Leslie Bonnett: voice, fiddle, percussion
Briget Boyle: voice, guitar, percussion
Juliana Graffagna: voice, bass, percussion


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$12-$15 admission. Doors at 7:30 pm. Show at 8:00 pm.


January 5, 2013
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Red Poppy Arthouse
2698 Folsom St
San Francisco, 94110 United States