Planina is excited to be invited back to Swallow Hill to share the stage with our friends Marrakech Express. Specialists in North African music, Marrakech Express interweaves the microtonal beauty of classical Arabic music with the fiery traditions of Spanish flamenco and rhumba guitar, the rhythmic influence of West Africa, and the soulful desert sounds of the Gnawa music of the Berber tribes. The members—masterful players all—are:
Samir El Yesfi on vocals, oud, guitar
Brett Bowen on darbuka, Moroccan bendir
Sandra Wong on violin
Dexter Payne on clarinet
Planina's part of the program will include songs in Bulgarian, Polish, Russian, a Macedonian dialect of Turkish, and Macedonian Romani. We will be joined by maestro Petar Teodosijev, accordion. In the words of one of our recent concert attendees: "Some of your songs bring both tears and goosebumps. Even if I don’t understand the words, the harmonies are—words fail me!"
Tickets are $20 online and $22 at the door
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