Seamlessly combining Jewish, Gypsy and other (mostly) Eastern European our goal is to get everybody on the floor dancing. Hopefully with a bottle balanced on your head, or better yet, on your feet. Opa! Our repertoire ranges from Gypsy and Klezmer to Macedonian, Romanian, Israeli and to beautifully sung Romani (Gypsy) Yiddish, Russian and Serbian songs, played on a variety of instruments including recorder, fiddle, sax, clarinet, accordion, mandolin, guitar, keyboard and percussion.
We just played our last summer gig. Only one rain out the whole summer, which is not bad considering how much rain we have had.
Karl has rejoined the band and played with us most of the summer. Dushka has been to and from Europe several times this summer. We have a set of new tunes in the pipeline ranging from Romani Elderezi to a Klezmer version of a German heavy metal song.
All of us have survived Covid, so far, as has Madarka. Karl has left, Meghan rejoined. 2022 was a very slow winter, a fun summer with various performances in different configurations, and we are ending the season with a big Jewish wedding! Some highlights were our annual performance at the beautiful Rail Trail Cafe, the Rosendale Street Fair, Music on Market, the Jewish Cultural Festival in Newburgh. We have a wedding to play and we'll have to see what comes our way after that.
And I think we finally have learned how to set up our sound system : )
Safely socially distanced. I hope everyone has managed to stay safe and sane this past very difficult year. Our last performance before the pandemic was an indoor 90th birthday party for a holocaust survivor just a few weeks before the first cases were reported in New Rochelle, quite close to the venue.
In the warmer weather we have been getting together on Dushka's porch. Right now, everyone is hibernating : ) I've been working on updating our website and learning how to play live remote music over the internet.
We hope to be back playing out in the world soon!
"Pretty Woman" A famous song by the "Queen of the Roma", Esma Redzepova.
Little Lemons..On Sonia's Balcony!
The Gardner Brewery and part of Music on Market in Ellenville were our first ice breaking gigs. Other fun times were at the Peekskill Museum, the intersection of Klezmer, Alice in Wonderland and a Victorian Tea Party.
Then on to competing in the "who is the hottest band completions (Celsius) in mid afternoon on the hottest day of the summer. The Rosendale Street Festival was, as usual awesome. And not only were there no medical emergencies, but folks were dancing in the sun!.. (Check out the Bubamara video on this page)
Beautifully sung by Duskha at the 2017 Rhinebeck Porchfest