FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NOVEMBER 27, 2011
SEATTLE BALKAN WOMEN’S CHOIR TO SING EASTER EUROPEAN SONGS
Sat, Dec 10, 2011 at 7:00 pm
Museum of History and Industry, 2700 24th Ave East, Seattle WA
Seattle -- Dunava, a local women’s choir specializing in folk songs from the Balkans and Eastern Europe, will perform in the biggest concert since their inception in 2005.
Dunava will perform traditional and modern Eastern European songs and a few seasonal favorites in a variety of arrangements. Local guest artists David Bilides will accompany the choir on Macedonian tambura and kaval, and Jen Morris will join in with songs from Caucasus Georgia.
Tickets are $17 general admission, and $12 for students and seniors. Purchase tickets online at Brown Paper Tickets.
Dunava (Bulgarian for "the Danube") is a Seattle-based women's vocal ensemble specializing in the a cappella folk music of the Balkans. Founded in 2005, Dunava consists of singers from diverse musical backgrounds who all share a passion for the distinct and beautiful harmonies of Eastern Europe. The repertoire includes songs from the cities and villages of Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Caucasus Georgia, Greece, Macedonia, Romania, Russia, Serbia, and Ukraine. Dina Trageser is the choir’s founder and artistic director.
Dunava is affiliated with the Radost Folk Ensemble, and has performed at Northwest Folklife Festival, Croatia Fest, the Seattle Folklore Society and Shoreline Unitarian church concert series, the Seattle Art Museum and Seattle Symphony’s Day of Music at Benaroya Hall. They have performed with local groups Dave & the Dalmatians, Balkan Cabaret, Balkanarama, and Vela Luka. Dunava won first place for the “Folk Category” in the Third Place A Capella Festival in 2011. The choir released its first CD in 2009. Listen to Dunava online at http://www.dunava.org.
David Bilides performs and teaches music from Greece, Macedonia, Bulgaria, and Turkey on a variety of traditional instruments in the US and abroad. David is a frequent guest performer with different groups and at traditional folk music and dance events across the country. Currently he is collaborating with fellow Seattle resident, Macedonian singer Dragi Spasovski. More information about David Bilides: http://www.izvormusic.com/bios/david.html.
Jen Morris is the founder and director of the local Georgian a cappella ensemble “onefourfive.” Her fascination with traditional Georgian vocal music has led her to study in Georgia with songmasters from the regions of Ach’ara, Samegrelo, Svaneti, Imereti, and K’akheti.
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