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Cirkestra / Bio

The quintet is led by former Ringling Brothers clown Peter Bufano who first entered the ring 22 years ago. He grew tired of the red nose and floppy shoes and traded them in for an accordion. Since then Bufano has composed 4 original circus scores and led the band in thousands of performances for circuses in the U.S. and abroad.
The group performs an original big top blend of Eastern European, Klezmer, gypsy, and jazz influenced instrumentals.
One is immediately reminded of a dark, creeping Nino Rota score to a Fellini film or at times an Astor Piazzolla tango.
The songs have been placed in television shows such as Anumal Planet, PBS’s “Fetch,” MTV’s “Wild Boyz,” NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” and the film “Circus Dreams.”

General Info

Band Members
Peter Bufano - Accordion, Elisabeth Craft - Violin, Dobson - Drums, Niki Mariskanish: Tenor sax and clarinet, Sammy Lett - Alto Sax, Jim Gray Tuba and Bass
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Contact Info

Boston, MA