KAFANA BALKAN w/ Inspector Gadje and Ismail Lumanovski
Jill Parker, DJ Zeljko
155 Fell St
San Francisco, CA, 94102
This event is 21 and over
"Best Crazed Gypsy Brass Band Dance Party in SF: Yes, this occasional Kafana Balkan party is pretty much the only crazed Gypsy brass band dance party in town, but that doesn't make it any less special. Where else can you find hundreds of swarthy men with dangling moustaches and pork-pie hats dancing with slinky ladies in diaphanous dresses and hot-pink hair? (Okay, besides a Joanna Newsom show.) Kafana Balkan also offers live, horn-driven mayhem from the likes of Brass Menazeri and Edessa, as well as everything from Balkan hip-hop to crazy Gypsy funk spun by DJ Zeljko." --SF Weekly
Inspector Gadje and Ismail Lumanovski
There’s been a buzz from the start for this pairing, which consistently draws sold out crowds for all-night sweat soaked dance parties propelled by high energy, soaring, funky, dirty, ecstatic brass. Now those sounds, energy, excitement, sweat, drama, love and emotion can in some way make it out of the live dance party and into the party anywhere with a sound system.
Lumanovski performs internationally and leads the New York Gypsy Allstars, is perhaps the first Roma clarinet player to graduate from the Juilliard School of Music in New York. His mastery of Western classical and Eastern folk music have elevated both musics to new heights, and indeed to new octaves in the clarinet. The New York Times described him as a"...brilliant, fearless young clarinetist..." and Time Out New York remarked that he’s "A showboat of a performer . . . an adventurous, modern-minded front man."
Fourteen piece (eleven horns, an accordion, and two drummers) Balkan brass band Inspector Gadje has been described by the SF Chronicle as an “instant party atmosphere.” Inspector Gadje has been delighting audiences in San Francisco and beyond since 2010 when the band began through a collaboration with Voice of Roma, a non-profit that supports Romani cultural causes world-wide.
While Lumanovski and Inspector Gadje each stand tall as performers in their own right, together they have a certain synergy and magic that take their music to new heights. Tight and adventurous arrangements, grooves that get under the skin and into the feet, and epic solos come together for music that touches the heart, stirs the soul, and moves the body.
JILL PARKER is an international, award winning belly dancer. She is an instructor, choreographer, and founder of the modern tribal fusion belly dance movement.
She's an exceptional belly dance teacher with a gift for demystifying this sensuous form, making its techniques accessible to new dancers, while offering tremendous insight for refinement to advanced dancers. With over two decades of experience, she has trained many of the top dancers in the genre.
Jill is an original member of Fat Chance Belly Dance, founder of Ultra Gypsy, and director of the Foxglove Sweethearts. She teaches weekly classes at ODC Commons (SF) and Spring Fall Dance Studio (Berkeley).
Spinning the funnest Roma music around!