Join us for Studio Grand's Balkan Nights, an evening which features (not-so-strictly) Eastern European music. This series occurs on the third Friday of the month, so mark your calendar! The night is graciously curated by Kent Kessinger in association with Studio Grand. This month, we are excited to bring you two relatively new, multinational ensembles. Tarabeesh features musicians from Lebanon, Israel, Ukraine & California; Georgia, Ukraine and Estonia come together to bring you Trio Sans Souci.
Faisal Zedan: Born in Beirut, Lebanon and raised in Oum Dbaib, Syria, Faisal Zedan grew up impassioned with the Derbakki drum. At the age of 15, he embarked on a journey of learning through exposure to a wide repertoire of Arabic classical and contemporary music. A great love for the drumming and years of practice resulted in a mastery of Arabic percussion instruments including Derbekki, Dahullah, Riq and Def (Arabic/Turkish frame drum). Arriving in California in 1992, Faisal met UCLA's noted ethnomusicology professor Dr. Ali Jihad Racy and, at his invitation, joined the acclaimed UCLA Near East Music Ensemble. This was the beginning of a national and international musical career dedicated to the transformative power of rhythm. Faisal is currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area, and works regularly as a performer, collaborator and teacher. Faisal has worked with a diverse array of musicians, including: Aieto Moreira, The Gorillaz, Joan Baez, Miriam Peretz, Khaleel Shaheed, Yuval Ron, Salim Sesler, Faruk Taqbilek, Hasan Iskul, Yair Dalal, Rumen Shopov.
Asaf Ophir has played woodwinds in Israeli musicals on such distinguished stages as Habima Theatre, the Cameri Theatre of Tel Aviv, Jerusalem Theatre, and Haifa Theatre. Hailed for his passionate and versatile tone, Ophir moved to the United States in 2014, where he continues to perform a blend of classical, ethnic, and jazz music around the Bay Area. The San Francisco Chronicle writes: "Asaf Ophir gives the clarinet the timbre of a trumpet, then a violin, then a raspy scream. In one climactic moment, seizing center stage, he scores a climb in pitch and volume so perfectly that the instrument’s wail almost becomes too plaintive and beautiful to bear."
Patrick Kelly: A recent graduate from Dominican University, Patrick Kelly grew up in Petaluma and plays a rich mix of jazz, ethnic, funk, folk, and electronic music. He has played with bands such as Finit, TV Broken Third Eye Open, The Crux, The Petaluma Jazz Jam, and the critically acclaimed musical Love Sick.
Zina Pozen is a familiar face in the Bay Area and Seattle Balkan music scene. Originally from Ukraine, she grew up in a family of classical musicians, playing piano from a tender age. As an adult, Zina picked up the accordion and stared playing traditional Eastern European repertoir. She is a founding member of Seattle’s infamous Bucharest Drinking Team. Since moving to the Bay area in 2015, Zina has been playing klezmer with Orchestra Euphonos, rembetika with MetaNastys, and old Soviet songs at so many afterparties and impromptu jams.
Trio Sans Souci
Sans Souci is a sweet trio creating compositions based on nostalgic sounds from Georgia, Ukraine, Estonia and beyond. Sans Souci means "without worries" in French, and also is a reference to an old classic Georgian Film "არ დაიდარდო" ("Ar Daidardo"- translates as "Sans Souci"). Members of the trio are Irma Gogiashvili (vocals, guitar), Zina Pozen (accordion) and David Ilmar Lepasaar Beecher (violin). They love performing music that is less known in the US, and want to share more of these magical sounds.
DOORS 9:00 PM; SHOW 9:30 PM
$7-15 sliding scale