On January 22-23, we’ll reunite for just a two show run at New Parish & Brick & Mortar!
Soon after that Peter will be returning to Istanbul, so really don’t miss your LAST (two) CHANCE(s) EVERRRRR to catch the Bay’s Original Balkan Brass!
Brass Menažeri’s 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.
Wild brass and shaking floors at the Kafana Balkan party.
Combining exuberance with melancholy, abandonment with abandon, musical traditions as far-flung as Spanish Flamenco, Romanian Manele, Gypsy jazz, and even the youthful strains of modern-day Gypsy punk, have a way of getting under the skin right on down to the toes-which will almost assuredly be tapping. Label it folk music if you must, but don’t expect a lot of polite purists holding forth while holding back. Balkan (Gypsy) music is party music, and Zeljko Petkovic aka DJ Zeljko’s (in)famous Kafana Balkan evenings are always one of the consistently best parties in town.
This time we’re thrilled to have Jill Parker’s Foxglove Sweethearts performing tribal bellydance for y’all during the set break! And of course DJ Željko will rock the dance floor whenever we’re not doing it!
Saturday, October 6th
Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell at Van Ness, SF
9PM ~ $13.
tickets ~ Facebook event
Check out Foxglove Sweethearts performing at Tribal Fest:
the combination of brass band dynamics infused with an imitable Balkan spirit (no, not rakia), can’t fail to inspire. [...] The Menažeri inspired the celebratory spontaneity and cathartic release of a pagan solstice.
— Nicole Gluckstern
Balkan Music & Dance Festival
Featuring: Janam, Helladelics and Brass Menaz¹eri
When: Friday, June 1, 2012
Where: Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Avenue, Alameda
Time: Dance Lesson 7pm Live Music & Dancing 7:30 – 11:30 pm
Cost: $15 advance, $20 at the door, $10 students
$30 includes special Mediterranean dinner @ Little House Cafe
All Ages Welcome
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For the occasion, we’ll be busting out a lot of repertoire we don’t usually play for our jumping dance parties. You know, our sensitive side. Arrangements of beautiful Turkish & Indian tunes, esoteric & complex Greek Macedonian rhythms, syncopated Macedonian ballads. We’re thrilled to get the opportunity to play these tunes we love & seldom perform!
Come hear Brass Menažeri like you’ve never heard us before.
Wednesday, April 4 ~ 8pm
510 Embarcadero West, Oakland
Tickets $15, available
We’re bringing in reinforcements in the form of the FISHTANK ENSEMBLE‘s cross-pollinated Romanian/Romani/Flamenco/Balkan virtuosity!
& DJ ŽELJKO’s got a whole set of surprises in store for you on the dancefloor.
& finally BRASS MENAŽERI throws down like we throw down: way down. No, even lower. Lower. Yeah, right there.
This party will be the biggest Balkan party of the entire summer, and this might be the last summer ever, and do you really want to tell your grandkids you missed the biggest Balkan party of the last summer ever? No, you don’t.
PLUS it’s the LAST Brass Menazeri show until the fall, as we’re taking a hiatus for the summer! It’s basically DOWNRIGHT APOCALYPSE right after this show, so come dance on the embers with us!
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We’re thrilled to be invited to perform at the annual International Romani Day celebration, produced by Voice of Roma.
Friday, April 6th, 2012 ~ 7:30-11:30 pm
Croatian American Cultural Center
60 Onondaga Ave., San Francisco CA
advance tickets $14 / $16 at the door / under 12 free
~ Music ~ Food ~ Dance ~
“Paul and George Stevens (Gypsy Boys) have been playing music since they were children. They started performing about ten years ago. And have made a lot of parties an experience that will never be forgotten. They don’t just stand there and play. The Guitar player plays guitar and Dances at the same time it’s a really cool show. They also have a 10 piece band known as A Band of Gipsy’s.”