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Opa Groupa

Opa Groupa

Folk / Experimental / Dance Beaverton, OR  US

Shows

  • 2013

    Jan 24

    Portland, OR, US | 9:00pm

    After 12.5 years / 275 shows / infinite amazing experiences playing for YOU, Brass Menažeri Balkan Brass Band will DISBAND in February! Here for the last time in PDX with Opa Groupa, this will be some not to be missed!

  • 2012

    Aug 30

    Portland, OR, US | 8:00pm

    Last Thursday With Opoa Groupa on Alberta St. at Alforno's Elixir Lab.

  • 2012

    May 12

    Portland, OR, US | 8:00pm

    ~~Balkan Dance Class & Live Music Party, May 12th~~ -Beginner Dance Class from 8-8:45pm $8 for the class only -Intermediate/Advanced Dance Class from 8:45-9:30pm $8 for the class, & to attend both classes would cost $13 -Dance Party featuring two live bands from 9:30-12:30pm, All ages $8 at the Door. $15 to attend one class plus dance party; $20 for everything! Dance Instructor: Daniela Ivanova is a professional folk dance teacher, choreographer and researcher of South Slavic folk cultures. She is among the foremost authorities on Balkan folklore and traditional dance in the United States. Daniela has toured widely within the U.S., teaching in over 25 states including several major dance camps. As a dancer, choreographer, adjudicator, field researcher and scholar she has appeared repeatedly in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Daniela was awarded her Ph.D. in dance ethnology by the Institute of Art Studies, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences http://www.danielaivanova-dance.com/ The Bands: Kef: The word "Kef" refers to that spirit and energy shared by a group of people in celebration. It is a state of being, an intangible quality approaching ecstasy, often brought forth by musical experience. Kef is a Turkish concept that people across the Balkans, throughout the former domain of the Ottoman Empire, have taken as their own. Similarly, much of the music of the Balkans bears the unmistakeable imprint of Turkish influence, and combined with Slavic, Romany and the many other regional and ethnic identities existing where the music is performed and enjoyed, Balkan music has become an intensely rich tradition. Today, Balkan music is enjoyed not only among the diverse populations of its origins, but around the world – from recreational folk dances to arena concerts with thousands of fans bouncing to hip hop, funk, pop and electronica fusions. There is hardly a musical aesthetic not represented somewhere under the umbrella of "Balkan music." Kef, the band, has been performing for dancers, festivals and sit-down audiences since 2007. Its music is a sampling of the regional genres found across the Balkans, from Bulgarian wedding music to Serbian brass band, and from 1960s radio-style orchestrations to simple melody/drone-based village music. Most repertoire comes from the folk tradition, learned from recordings or directly from notable musicians in the Balkan music community. Each member brings a unique aspect to the music stemming from the diversity of their individual musical experiences and aesthetics. http://www.balkanmusic.org/ http://www.myspace.com/balkandancemusic http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7ZlPTqogQI&feature=player_embedded Opa Groupa: Opa Groupa is a seven piece ensemble from the Pacific Northwest, that performs music from the Balkans, Aarbic, Turkish, Klezmer, Romanian and Gipsy music Traditions. Their instrumentation comprises of vocals, flute, clarinet, tenor sax, violin, electric guitars, drum kit, and upright bass. The music of Opa Groupa is a direct result from their study of Eastern and Western styles of music, fusing together traditions of the past with the styles of today, with the intent to develop folk music for the future. The end result is a diverse mixture of wild dance, and party music from afar, that at time seems strange but oddly familiar http://www.opagroupa.com/ http://www.myspace.com/opagroupa http://www.reverbnation.com/opagroupa https://twitter.com/#!/OpaGroupa http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=9KTsYljNwr8

  • 2012

    Mar 16

    Portland, OR, US | 8:30pm
  • 2012

    Feb 24

    Eugene, OR, US | 10:00pm

    Eugene, Oregon. 933 olive st.

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  • Opa Groupa (Artist)
    Opa Groupa
    Saturday, May 12, 2012 8:00pm until 12:30am ~~Balkan Dance Class & Live Music Party, May 12th~~ -Beginner Dance Class from 8-8:45pm $8 only for the class, -Intermediate/Advanced Dance Class from 8:45-9:30pm $8 for the class, & to attend both classes would cost $12 -Dance Party featuring two live bands from 9:30-12:30pm, All ages $8 at the Door. $12 to attend one class plus dance party; $16 for everything! Dance Instructor: Daniela Ivanova is a professional folk dance teacher, choreographer and researcher of South Slavic folk cultures. She is among the foremost authorities on Balkan folklore and traditional dance in the United States. Daniela has toured widely within the U.S., teaching in over 25 states including several major dance camps. As a dancer, choreographer, adjudicator, field researcher and scholar she has appeared repeatedly in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Daniela was awarded her Ph.D. in dance ethnology by the Institute of Art Studies, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences http://www.danielaivanova-dance.com/ The Bands: Kef: The word "Kef" refers to that spirit and energy shared by a group of people in celebration. It is a state of being, an intangible quality approaching ecstasy, often brought forth by musical experience. Kef is a Turkish concept that people across the Balkans, throughout the former domain of the Ottoman Empire, have taken as their own. Similarly, much of the music of the Balkans bears the unmistakeable imprint of Turkish influence, and combined with Slavic, Romany and the many other regional and ethnic identities existing where the music is performed and enjoyed, Balkan music has become an intensely rich tradition. Today, Balkan music is enjoyed not only among the diverse populations of its origins, but around the world – from recreational folk dances to arena concerts with thousands of fans bouncing to hip hop, funk, pop and electronica fusions. There is hardly a musical aesthetic not represented somewhere under the umbrella of "Balkan music." Kef, the band, has been performing for dancers, festivals and sit-down audiences since 2007. Its music is a sampling of the regional genres found across the Balkans, from Bulgarian wedding music to Serbian brass band, and from 1960s radio-style orchestrations to simple melody/drone-based village music. Most repertoire comes from the folk tradition, learned from recordings or directly from notable musicians in the Balkan music community. Each member brings a unique aspect to the music stemming from the diversity of their individual musical experiences and aesthetics. http://www.balkanmusic.org/ http://www.myspace.com/balkandancemusic http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7ZlPTqogQI&feature=player_embedded Opa Groupa: Opa Groupa is a seven piece ensemble from the Pacific Northwest, that performs music from the Balkans, Aarbic, Turkish, Klezmer, Romanian and Gipsy music Traditions. Their instrumentation comprises of vocals, flute, clarinet, tenor sax, violin, electric guitars, drum kit, and upright bass. The music of Opa Groupa is a direct result from their study of Eastern and Western styles of music, fusing together traditions of the past with the styles of today, with the intent to develop folk music for the future. The end result is a diverse mixture of wild dance, and party music from afar, that at time seems strange but oddly familiar http://www.opagroupa.com/ http://www.myspace.com/opagroupa http://www.reverbnation.com/opagroupa https://twitter.com/#!/OpaGroupa http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=9KTsYljNwr8
  • Opa Groupa (Artist)
    Opa Groupa
    Come check out Opa Groupa Friday, March 16th at Ella St. Social Club PDX. We are playing with Krebsic Orckestar & Belly dancing by Ashely Lopez and Rachel Brice.
  • Opa Groupa (Artist)
    Opa Groupa
    Come check out Opa Groupa Friday, March 16th at Ella St. Social Club PDX. We are playing with Krebsic Orckestar & there will be live Balkan & Belly dancing.
  • Opa Groupa (Artist)
    Opa Groupa
    ~~Come One, Come All to a Folk Dance Party with Kafana Klub, Tsuica, & Opa Groupa~~ On Friday, February 17th, there will be a Balkan Folk Dance party featuring 'Kafana Klub' as the opener, then 'Tsuica': A Romanian & Hungarian ensemble will play a short set in the middle, and 'Opa Groupa' will End it by sending you home with music in your head and dancing in your feet. Dance and merriment is sure to be had at only $8 at the door. The Secret Society: http://www.secretsociety.net/ 116 NE Russell, Portland, OR 97212 February 17th, from 9-12:30pm, 21+ $8 at the Door The Secret Society is a 1907 Victorian-era hall with a rich history that has housed two fraternal organizations, countless artists and musicians, and diverse events. Host to old-school society folks in the early 20th century, The Secret Society embraces its old-world lodge mystique, and a historical past that is palpable throughout the cocktail lounge, ballroom, and recording studio. The Ballroom has been a fraternal lodge meeting hall for roughly 90 years, but has been a venue for hosting live music, and events alike for 15 years. They are not just well known for their excellent sound system, or nice hardwood floor ballroom & Dance Space (225cap), but also an excellent local menu and a fine selection of local beers, wines, and spirits; while their prices range from $7-15 for food, & $3-8 for drinks. cheap & affordable, no matter what food or drink you get it will be worth it. About the Bands: Opa Groupa:. Opa Groupa is a band hailing from the Northwest with influences ranging from Balkan, Klezmer, Jazz, Turkish, Middle Eastern and Roma music traditions. Their music is a creation from their study of Eastern and Western music styles . Made up of Seven members hailing from the Northwest, with a wide variety instrumentation's: using vocals, Flute, Piccolo, Clarinet, Tenor Sax,Violin, Electric Guitars, Tambura, percussion, drum kit, and upright bass. Opa Groupa, is a mixture of worldly influences; fusing together traditions of the past with the styles of today. The end goal being to developing folk music for the future. The end result is a diverse mixture of wild dance, and party music from afar., that at time seems strange but oddly familiar. www.opagroupa.com http://www.reverbnation.com/opagroupa www.myspace.com/opagroupa http://www.facebook.com/pages/Opa-Groupa/109196519116429?ref=tn_tnmn http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTToMaNHUmc&feature=player_embedded Kafana Klub: Kafana Klub plays an exotic and spirited blend of dance music from the Balkans and beyond. Sublime vocals and sizzling instrumentals stir the feet as well as the soul. Kafana Klub, is a Balkan sextet, played next, spanning the globe musically, playing songs from Bulgaria, Macedonia, Serbia, Romania and Poland. Dennis Godfrey (gudulka, tambura) and with Brent Geary-electrifying the audience with his furious violin playing- leds the group, with Kathy Fors on accordion, Cameron Edens on Upright Bass, and Maria Noel and Jill Poris complementing the music beautifully with their vocals, as well as the many other instrument they play. http://www.kafanaklub.com Tsuica: Orginally formed as a Romanian trio, now Tsuica is a Quartet with Brent Geary on violin, Kathy Fors on accordion, Paul Martin Beck plays the Cimbalan a type of hammer dulcimer, and last but not least Peter Whitmore on Electric Bass. Tsuica specializes in playing Romanian and Hungarian Dance music for you! They are new ensemble in Portland made up of members most found in Kafana Klub. They have been playing together for about a year, o come out and support them.
  • Opa Groupa (Artist)
    Opa Groupa
    Learning some new songs and writing some of our own music for you listening pleasure.
  • Kerry Leigh (Artist)
    Kerry Leigh
    Creative, well-crafted compositions and compelling, well-executed performance! Best to you -- Kerry

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  • East Burnside gig

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Sounds Like: Goran Bregović, Beats Antique, Balkan Beat Box, Vagabond Opera, Balkan Hotsteppers

Label: Indy

Manager: Rian Holmes

Bio: Opa Groupa is a seven piece band hailing from the Great Pacific Northwest; with a diverse instrumentation featuring vocals, flute, piccolo, clarinet, tenor sax, violin, electric guitars, tambura, percussion, drum kit, and upright bass. The music of O.G. is a direct result from their study of East...See Full Bio

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