Brass Menažeri with Erev Rav
Brass Menažeri (pronounced "Menagerie") is San Francisco's original & hottest Balkan Romani Brass Band. Our music cascades through Serbia, Macedonia, Bosnia, Greece & even Rajasthan with wild rhythms, new sensibilities, innovative arrangements & original compositions, expanding the traditions while we remain rooted within them.
Directed by trumpeter & clarinetist Peter Jaques, Brass Menazeri unites the Bay Area's foremost interpreters & reimaginers of the Balkan traditions.
Long before the current Balkan brass music craze was iconified by crossover artists like Beirut and NY's Balkan Beat Box, the nine musicians of the San Francisco Bay Area's powerhouse Brass Menažeri Balkan Brass Band were already getting deep into the tradition, developed over centuries by the Rom communities of Serbia, Macedonia and Greece, which yields music as alive with ecstatic celebration as with despairing laments. The band draws on many of the characteristics common throughout the Balkans: brazen horn lines, odd-metered rhythms, riveting, close harmonies, soulful improvisations, and a mission to make people dance.
Now a wider audience is taking notice, as Brass Menažeri's powerful performances drive some of the most fresh and exciting live shows in the Bay Area, including SF Weekly's "Best Crazed Gypsy Brass Band Dance Party", Kafana Balkan, that has packed most of San Francisco's venues over its 3 year history.
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The Erev Rav:
The Erev Rav Klezmer Orchestra is composed of a number of Greener Grads, and has a sizable local following. They regularly draw large crowds at events at the Olympia Ballroom, weddings, Outdoor Community Events such as Love Our Local Fest, and are a heartfelt expression of Olympian vitality and love of music and dance.
From the Band's Website:
The Pacific Northwest's premiere klezmer orchestra, Erev Rav delivers a kaleidoscope of original compositions and traditional melodies infused with funk, reggae, bee bop, rock, and Latin rhythm. With their soulful and highly energetic performances, and soaring vocals by Anna Hassler, Erev Rav crafts a memorable musical experience. Time and again, their fresh rhythms blended with ancient harmonies have audience members dancing until the last note. The phrase, Erev Rav, translates from Hebrew as 'Mixed Multitude'. Historically, this mixed multitude was a multi-ethnic group of rabble-rousers who joined Moses and the Israelites on the 40-year journey from Egypt to spiritual liberation. Nowadays, Erev Rav utilizes the vehicle of klezmer for creative and spiritual inspiration.
The Evergreen State College Longhouse Cultural Arts Center (View)
2700 Evergreen Pkwy
Olympia, WA 98505
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