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!
Last Thursday With Opoa Groupa on Alberta St. at Alforno's Elixir Lab.
~~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
Eugene, Oregon. 933 olive st.
Sounds Like: Goran Bregović, Beats Antique, Balkan Beat Box, Vagabond Opera, Balkan Hotsteppers
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
“Rampant Balkaholism: Opa Groupa at Luckey's There’s a rich supply of folk music out there, and it’s a vein that Opa Groupa isn’t afraid to tap. The band has formed its own brand of rhythmic, danceable world music. Take the Aladdin soundtrack, the Darjeeling Limited soundtrack, a sprinkling of Gypsy punk, and you’ve got yourself one hell of a dance party. Forming a contemporary world-folk outfit is all about making something new without completely disgracing the traditions of old — Opa Groupa stays true to this formula, grabbing only tiny threads of modern-day edge — chunky upright bass, jam-band guitar solos, etc. — to throw into its tunes. And it seems the group is quite comfortable with its current identity, too; after all, each show has been a success, and there’s perhaps nothing more rewarding than making music that’s irresistibly danceable.”