Dec
6
2:00 PM14:00

Soundscape: World Beat at the Dairy Arts Center, Boulder

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The Dairy's World Beat concerts in the Soundscape series feature music from three different countries. For this concert, musicians presenting music Brazil, Sweden and the Balkans will be represented on stage performing one after the other in a round-robin fashion. Dazzling audiences with the captivating rhythms and energy of traditional Brazilian music for over a decade, Boulder based Brazilian band GINGA is known for bringing audiences to a quiet purr with a sultry Bossa Nova, or blow the roof off the evening with a full blown Carnaval-style samba dance party. Scandinavian folk musician and Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at CU Boulder, BENJAMIN TEITELBAUM, specializes in Swedish folk music and Sweden’s unofficial national instrument, the Nykelharpa, and tours nationally and internationally as a performer and teacher. PLANINA is the third group, known for our renditions of haunting and beautiful songs from Eastern Europe and the Balkans, performed in authentic costumes, and singing in the original languages with regional vocal styling. This concert will be an exciting and cultural musical conversation you won’t want to miss!

Pricing: $15.00/Full Price, $10.00/Students

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Nov
11
5:30 PM17:30

2017 Boulder Balkan Bash

Live music for folk dancing by SIX hot local bands specializing in traditional and contemporary music from Eastern Europe. Many of the dances are easy enough to learn on the spot. Everyone’s invited to dance, but no one is required to; the Avalon has plenty of room to sit and watch. In Eastern Europe, live music and dancing are always accompanied by food! So roll up your sleeves, make a great potluck dish and come celebrate!

Live folk dance music starts at 5:30pm and continues until 11:00pm. From 6:00 till 10:00pm the potluck dinner and dessert will be served.  All guests are encouraged to bring a dish to share. (We ourselves are cooking and we would love for everyone to bring food, but if you cannot, we'd much rather have you attend without a dish than stay home!)

The dance music program will feature tunes from Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Macedonia, Russia, Serbia, Turkey, and Roma (Gypsy) traditions.  While the majority of dances will be line dances, a few waltzes and other couple dances will also be included. See ensemble line-up below.

Many of the ensemble members have been performing Eastern European folk dance music for the past several decades, at concerts, festivals, benefits, and in collaboration with each other, for the enjoyment of dancers and listeners all over Colorado and the region.  Look for more information about the performers below!

Join us in celebrating Eastern European traditions of live music, dancing, and food at the Avalon Ballroom, on Saturday, November 11, 2017. Don’t know what to bring or don’t like to cook? Please contact Mary Ann, the food coordinator, at maesaussotte@comcast.net for assistance/ideas, etc.

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Music of Eastern Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean
Oct
25
7:30 PM19:30

Music of Eastern Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean

Music of Eastern Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean

In conjunction with the Denver conference of the Society for Ethnomusicology, Planina will perform at the Mercury Cafe on Wed., Oct. 25, 7:30-10:30pm. The Mercury Cafe serves local, organic food, so come early, have dinner downstairs, and then come upstairs for great listening (and some dancing).

$15 for the general public; $10 for students. SEM conference attendee rates: $5 with registration; $10 at the door with conference ID

7:30-8:45pm: Planina - Songs of Eastern Europe. Planina explores the penetrating harmonies, asymmetric rhythms, and gorgeous melodies of traditional music from the Balkans and Russia. 

9:00-10:15pm: Sherefe. Sherefe are the region’s most well-loved ambassadors of music from the Eastern Mediterranean specializing in music from Turkey, Greece, and beyond. 

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Sep
15
5:30 PM17:30

Voices: Planina Sings for CU First Year Program

Friday, Sept. 15, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Kitt Central N100 on the CU-Boulder Campus

Thanks to a grant from the CU President's Fund for the Humanities, Planina will be presenting a creative artistic seminar, Voices: Dimensions of Cultural Diversity and Critical Dialogue, that combines refreshments and an hour-long concert with dialogue with students in their first year at CU. The discussion will address some of the cultural and social human heritage that our songs represent, such as the stages of life, encounters with trauma, and reveling in nature and the human experience.

The presenters have generously allowed Planina to make this presentation available to the public at no charge as well as to the students. If you plan to attend, please send a “yes” RSVP no later than 5:00pm on Tuesday, 9/12, to grap@colorado.edu, with the subject line: Attending the Planina Performance on Sept 15th. Be sure to let them know how many people are coming.
 

The program is sponsored by CU's Global Studies Residential Academic Program and funded by the CU President’s Fund for the Humanities.

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Planina in Concert at Nevei Kodesh
Apr
29
7:00 PM19:00

Planina in Concert at Nevei Kodesh

“In front of my window, a lilac bloomed. In my sore heart, love was awakened,” begin the lyrics of a Russian Cossack song about love lost.

In this concert, Planina explores the panoply of love’s flavors, from a father’s love for his baby daughter (Hungarian Rom) to a soldier’s love for his horse (Russia); from a girl asking the stars about her lover (Bosnia) to the awkwardness between a girl and boy expected to spend the night together platonically (Republic of Georgia). Songs on other topics—planting grapes, building towers, heroes—punctuate the evening, as the audience is treated to musical styles from the Balkans, Russia and beyond.

Some of the songs are performed a cappella and others are accompanied by folk instruments and/or modern instruments, including accordion played by guest artist Petar Teodosijev.

The Congregation Nevei Kodesh sanctuary, with its warm acoustics, makes it particularly suited for Planina’s nuanced, multi-layered choral arrangements that aren’t right for outside festival appearances but whose harmonies can pierce right through to the heart. This is Planina’s first full concert in Boulder in more than a year. Don’t miss it!

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Advance: $15: https://tinyurl.com/mogpsza
$12 students or seniors over 65: https://tinyurl.com/mzy8b3g

Day of Show: $18 / $15 students or seniors over 65
$10 children 8-12. Free for children under 8

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CU Russian Festival
Apr
21
4:00 PM16:00

CU Russian Festival

This annual festival on the lawn at CU-Boulder has become one of our favorite signs of spring. It takes place on the northwest corner of the University of Colorado-Boulder campus, on the lawn between Hale Science Building and Varsity Pond near Broadway and University. It starts around 4:00 p.m. and Planina sings two 20-minute sets between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m.

The festival is produced by CU's Slavic Languages Department--a department where TWO Planina members currently work.

This family event is free and open to the public. Participate in traditional Russian games, eat traditional Russian foods prepared by the students, see traditional effigy dolls and costumes, and enjoy Russian, Ukrainian, Georgian, Polish and Balkan songs live with Planina.

Rain or shine! In case of wet weather Planina will perform on the patio of the west side of the McKenna building.

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Boulder Balkan Bash
Nov
12
5:30 PM17:30

Boulder Balkan Bash

Live music for folk dancing by SIX hot local bands specializing in traditional and contemporary music from Eastern Europe. Many of the dances are easy enough to learn on the spot. Everyone’s invited to dance, but no one is required to; the Avalon has plenty of room to sit and watch. In Eastern Europe, live music and dancing are always accompanied by food! So roll up your sleeves, make a great potluck dish and come celebrate!

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2017 Boulder Balkan Bash
Nov
11
5:30 PM17:30

2017 Boulder Balkan Bash

Live music for folk dancing by SIX hot local bands specializing in traditional and contemporary music from Eastern Europe. Many of the dances are easy enough to learn on the spot. Everyone’s invited to dance, but no one is required to; the Avalon has plenty of room to sit and watch. In Eastern Europe, live music and dancing are always accompanied by food! So roll up your sleeves, make a great potluck dish and come celebrate!

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Aug
11
6:00 PM18:00

Edgewater Festival

The City of Edgewater is hosting a series of Thursday night events combining farmer's market and music. On Thurs., Aug. 11, Planina will sing and play, including songs for listening and for folk dancing. Please bring folding chairs! There's no official dance floor, and very limited space, but there's a little room for dancing in the street. It's on Edgewater's Historic West 25th Avenue between Sheridan Boulevard and Ames Street. Click here for directions and updates.

Thursday is also the night for international folk dancing at Washington Park, a 45-year tradition with the amazing Schukr ("Sugar") Basanow. Listen and dance to live music with Planina in Edgewater starting at 6, then drive over to Washington Park and catch more dancing with Sugar until 10!  (Check out the Denver Post's recent feature and video about Schukr.)

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