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Benefit for the Voice of Roma at El Rio
El Rio
San Francisco, CA
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Benefit for the Voice of Roma at El Rio
Benefit for the Voice of Roma's 13th Annual Herdeljezi Roma Festival on April 17th, 2009, at 9:30 p.m. at El Rio

Voice of Roma presents this very special event to benefit the upcoming 13th Annual Herdeljezi Roma (Gypsy) Festival in Sebastopol and the cultural, educational and humanitarian programs of Voice of Roma. Performing at the benefit is a group of internationally known musicians, including RUMEN SALI SHOPOV, DJORDJE STIJEPOVIC, PETER JAQUES, DAN CANTRELL, AND SEAN TERGIS.  Additional offerings include a workshop in traditional Romani dance taught by singer-drummer-dancer and Voice of Roma Founder SANI RIFATI.

The benefit is set to occur on April 17th from 9:30-1ish at El Rio, 3158 Mission Street, San Francisco.

VOICE of ROMA is an educational and charitable nonprofit organization working on behalf of Roma locally and internationally. VOR promotes a greater understanding of the history and culture of the Romani people, challenges the stereotypes about Gypsies, and raises awareness concerning the desperate situation of Roma in Kosovo and throughout Europe.

Tickets can be purchased at the door, through the Voice of Roma website via Brown Paper Tickets or by calling the VOR office at (707)823-7941. Tickets are $10. 21 & over only.

RUMEN SALI SHOPOV is a Rom from Gotse Delchev, a crossroads town in Southwest Bulgaria near the borders with Greece and Macedonia, whose musical traditions he has mastered along with those of the local Bulgarians, Roma, and Turks. Tambura (long-necked mandolin) and bouzouki player, vocalist, trap drummer, and doumbek player, Sali is also one of the greatest living exponents of the southern Bulgarian/northern Greek style of ceremonial and celebratory tapan (large double-headed drum). He was concertmaster of the Nevrokopski Folk Ensemble for over twenty years, performing throughout the Balkans, Europe and Canada, and led two of Southwest Bulgaria's hottest bands, Shturo Make and Orkestar Orbita. Since 2002, Sali has toured the U.S. with other prominent musicians from Bulgaria and headlined at the California Herdeljezi Festival and on International Roma Day. He teaches privately in California, and at music and dance camps across America and in Canada. His CD‚‚Soul of the Mahala, recorded with his son Angel for VOR, was released in 2006.

DJORDJE STIJEPOVIC,(Belgrade, Serbia) started to study music when he was 11 years old. He finished classical upright bass at Conservatory of Music in Belgrade and finished jazz department for upright bass and arranging. He also studied with professors like Vojin Draskoci, Miroslav Gajdos, Klaus Trumpf, Anders Jormin and other jazz and classical musicians. Hes special interested in traditional music of Balkan and Middle East. He recorded/played with numerous rockabilly (Atomic Sunset, Havana Whisper, Neon Kings), world music (Balkan Music Club, Marsya, Shira Utfila, Kal), jazz (Ivan Svager band, Blue Bossa), classical (Youth Philharmonic Borislav Pascan, Macedonian Youth String Orchestra...) and other groups (Belle Monroe & her Brewglass Boys, Tim Barsky, Kid Beyond, Sofine2). He played at numerous international festivals (Music Festival of Delphi, Belef, Bemus, Belgrade Jazz Festival, Novi Sad Jazz Festival, Black Sea Gesher, Sabac Blues and Jazz Festival, Exit, Esperansa, Grand National Rodeo). From 2002 hes researching history of slap technique on the upright bass. He lives in San Francisco, California and Belgrade, Serbia from January 2004.

PETER JAQUES has been a fixture of the Bay Area Near Eastern music scene since 1995. His style combines traditional Turkish, Greek, & Balkan Rom styles with his own, deeply soulful approach. He performs principally on the Bb clarinet & trumpet, as well as alto saxophone, Egyptian nay (reed flute), & Turkish G clarinet. Currently Peter directs the Brass Menazeri Balkan Brass Band, and plays with former Kitka director Juliana Graffagna's Black Olive Babes; Stellamara, a Middle-eastern/Balkan/world fusion ensemble led by Sonja Drakulich; and Gamelan X, a hybrid processional gamelan orchestra based on traditional Balinese baleganjur.

DAN CANTRELL (composer) began composing at age 11.  Since that time he has continued performing and writing music of all kinds featuring his main instruments, the accordion, piano and musical saw.  In recent years his attention has been focused on the study of music from Eastern Europe as well as composing for film, dance, and theatre.  He has composed music for over thirty films, several plays, a variety of dance groups and pieces as well as other eclectic performances and events.  In recent years, Dan received an Emmy award as well as the Golden Gate award for his work on documentary films. He also recently had the honor of recording with one of his personal musical heroes Tom Waits.

SEAN TERGIS, doumbek

ROMA + "Gypsy"
ROM - noun (sing.): human being, person, man, husband  
ROMA - noun (pl.): people
ROMANI - adjective: as in Romani language, Romani culture
ROMANI/ROMANES - noun: the spoken language of Romani people, derived from Sanskrit in the Punjab region of India



El Rio
3158 Mission
San Francisco, CA
United States

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Minimum Age: 21
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


Owner: Voice of Roma
On BPT Since: Mar 07, 2009
Carol Bloom

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