Taraf de Locos: Balkan, Latin & More – DOUBLE SHOW!

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"Taraf" means "band" in Romanian, "Locos" means "crazies" in Spanish, and "de" means "of" in both languages–the perfect name for a group who lives at the intersection of Greek, Albanian, Turkish, New Orleans, Mexican, and Cuban music. If their previous Red Poppy shows are any indication, this quintet’s rare break from a self-imposed hiatus promises to be a very special performance. Featuring: Tano Brock - alto sax, clarinet, guitar, vocals Aya Safiya - violin, vocals Cecilia-Cassandra Peñ...
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Édessa ft. Ezgi Kurt: The Heart of Balkan Music

Édessa ft. Ezgi Kurt: The Heart of Balkan Music
Friday, May 19 @ 7:30PM
Often-rambunctious Balkan quartet Édessa, known for playing intricate time signatures and highly ornamented modal music with authority and joy, brings Turkish guest vocalist Ezgi Kurt to the Poppy for a night of wide-ranging, non-dance repertoire and new material. Featuring: George Chittenden – clarinet, gaida, zurna, guitar Ari Langer – violin Lise Liepman – santouri, accordion Sean Tergis – davul, darabuka, defi Ezgi Kurt – vocals Using both traditional and modern instruments, Édess...
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Janam: Balkan & Appalachian Groove

Janam: Balkan & Appalachian Groove
Saturday, April 8 @ 7:30PM
Combining funky Balkan rhythms, gritty Appalachian ballads, arresting vocal harmonies, and enchanting acoustic textures, Janam unites some of the Bay Area's most playful and imaginative devotees of southern Balkan and American roots music to weave together folk tunes and their own colorful compositions, taking their audiences on a labyrinthine musical ride. Featuring: Dan Auvil - percussion, vocals Tom Farris - laouto, guitar Juliana Graffagna - vocals, accordion Gari Hegedus - oud, saz, ...
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Hét Hat Club: Balkan-Inspired Jazz Manouche from Budapest

Hét Hat Club: Balkan-Inspired Jazz Manouche from Budapest
Friday, February 24 @ 7:30PM
Straight from Budapest to the Red Poppy comes Hét Hat Club, four street musicians who put their own spin on classic Django-style jazz standards and Balkan folk melodies. On their first American tour, they’ll be playing songs from their just-released debut, Pompe It, and entertaining audiences with fresh arrangements that reflect their international roots. Featuring: Isaac Misri - guitar Antonio d'Erchie Jr. - guitar Valentin Desmarais - saxophone Fischer Balázs - double bass American ...
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Ole! Opa!: Balkan, Turkish & Spanish Songs with Flamenco Dance

Ole! Opa!: Balkan, Turkish & Spanish Songs with Flamenco Dance
Thursday, February 23 @ 7:30PM
This bicoastal quartet–comprised of New York-based singer Jenny Luna and Bay Area residents Bianca Rodriguez (flamenco dance), Morgan Nilsen (clarinet), and Chris Reid (guitar)–promises to bring you a fresh take on music from Turkey, Spain, and the Balkans. Ole! Opa!, formed by Bianca Rodriguez and Jenny Luna, draws from Jenny’s background in Balkan and Turkish singing and Bianca's background in flamenco dance. The group performs songs from several countries, including Turkey, Spain, Romania,...
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Alex Hand Band: A Balkan Jazz Quartet

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Sun, Dec 18 @ 7:30PM
With a setlist that ranges from Bulgarian wedding tunes to hot club jazz, the Alex Hand Band mines the common ground between swing and Eastern European folk dance music–the soundtrack of Western music moving across Balkan borders and being changed by European village music. Featuring: Alex Hand - guitar Kevin Gerzevitz - keys, accordion Gabe Case - bass Valentino - percussion Alex Hand, who has traveled to the Balkans to study folk music, is involved with various projects in the Bay Ar...
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Miles Jay ft. Axon Orchestra: Post-Punk Balkan Marching Band

Miles Jay ft. Axon Orchestra
Fri, Dec 16 @ 7:30PM
Ready to forget everything you thought you knew about marching bands? Don’t miss the eight-piece Axon Orchestra’s dazzlingly electrified Red Poppy debut, which promises to use urban and rural musical styles of the Balkans and Middle East to take listeners on a post-punk, postmodern sonic journey like no other. Featuring: Miles Jay - buzuk, bass Paul Bertin - saxophone Fabrice Martinez - violin Morgan Nilsen - clarinet Dusty Brough - guitar Andrew Cohen - tuba Marco Peris - tapan Ian J...
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Taraf de Locos: Balkan-Latin Quintet

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In celebration of a one-night reunion show at the Red Poppy, local band Taraf de Locos performs traditional folk and contemporary tunes rooted in the Balkans, Albania, Macedonia, Greece, Spain, Mexico, and Colombia. The evening will mark the group’s first performance together since the end of their last tour in 2015. Featuring: Tano Brock - saxophone, guitar, bata, vocals Miguel Leon - cajon, bata, guira, congas, pandeiro, vocals Mireya Leon - bass Cecilia Peña-Govea - trumpet, guira, vo...
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Eva Salina & Peter Stan: Romani Songs from the Balkans via Brooklyn

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Drawing on their strong musical friendship and shared love of Romani music, Eva Salina & Peter Stan create an inviting, intimate space where mournful contemplation nestles amongst songs of riotous joy. Featuring: Eva Salina - vocals Peter Stan - accordion Santa Cruz native Eva Salina is an internationally recognized interpreter of Balkan song traditions. A remarkable performer and devoted educator, she has spent the last three years immersed in the Šaban Bajramović songbook. Based in...
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Ultrafaux w/ Rob Reich: Jazz Manouche & Musette Waltzes

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Drawing influences from manouche, Romani and Balkan music, Ultrafaux joins together with accordionist Rob Reich and chanteuse Alexis Tantau for an evening of traditional musette, Piaf tunes, and originals. Featuring: Michael Joseph Harris - guitar Sami Arefin - guitar Eddie Hrybyk - upright bass Rob Reich - accordion (featured artist) Alexis Tantau - vocals (featured artist)   Baltimore band Ultrafaux performs original music with musette, swing manouche, funk, blues, and Dixielan...
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CANCELLED – Trio Balkan Strings: Balkan Swing

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*Due to unforeseen circumstances, this performance has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience. On tour throughout the US and Canada, Trio Balkan Strings performs at the Poppy for a night of virtuosic Balkan instrumental music. From asymmetrical rhythms to original guitar interpretations, the ensemble's melodies are rich with elements of jazz, swing, classical, and a combination of cultural influences. Trio Balkan Strings is a Belgrade, Serbia-based family project formed b...
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Janam: Dark Side of Love – Balkan & Appalachian Groove

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This special reprise of Janam's 2013 Valentine's Day show will explore the shadowy side of love with tormented love songs, murder ballads, and more ‒ a perfect tone for a dark midwinter evening. Integrating funky Balkan rhythms, gritty Appalachian ballads, arresting vocal harmonies and enchanting acoustic textures, the band creates an inspiring musical experience. Janam (a term of endearment) unites some of the Bay Area's most playful and imaginative devotees of southern Balkan and American r...
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Beaucoup Chapeaux: Parisian Bistro, Italian Café and Cirque

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Since 2009, Beaucoup Chapeaux has played numerous tours throughout Northern California and the Pacific Northwest and has spent countless Friday evenings in a French café in their hometown of Nevada City, CA. Over 500 concerts later, every show is still a new, lively voyage. The band has been referred to as a talented, astonishing juggernaut with music hauntingly wild and beautiful. Reinterpreting traditional tunes from a wide swath of Europe and the Balkans, Beaucoup Chapeaux also presents origi...
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DOUBLE SHOW: Istanbul Connection: Balkan & Latin Music

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Istanbul Connection features members of the Bay’s hottest Balkan & Latin bands who came together in preparation for a journey to Istanbul, Turkey. Since inception, the band has played at The Mekan, Arsen Lupen, and Leyla Teras in Istanbul; at Great American Music Hall and Elbo Room in San Francisco; and were featured performers at Burning Man. Featuring: Paul Bertin – alto sax Sean Tergis – percussion Melissa Cruz – flamenco baile & palmas Bob Sanders – guitar Kata Miletich – voc...
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