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2003 Tamburitza Festival - The 4th Ever San Francisco Tamfest

  Sunday , Feb 16, 2003         3:00 PM

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Group Biographies

Orkestar Zabava was formed in 1993 with the intent of providing music primarily for dance entertainment in Pittsburgh's ethnic community; however, over the years, Zabava has become known as being more than just a kolo orchestra. Although two members have written and composed their own music, the band's intent is to preserve songs composed in Eastern Europe and passed through the generations. Orkestar Zabava has no cultural or ethnic ties - their repertoire consists of songs and dances from Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia, Macedonia Bulgaria and Ukraine.

Vela Luka Croatian Dance Ensemble from Anacortes, Washington will perform the Dance from Vrlika and their new Linjo suite. This twenty member troupe has been featured on two national TV documentaries. Every performance is like a musical tour of Croatia. Anacortes, home of Vela Luka is located on Fidalgo Island in the NW corner of Washington State. One-quarter of the 10,000 residents of this unique community are descended from the immigrants from another fishing village: Vela Luka, on the Island of Korcula, Croatia. Members of Vela Luka represent four generations of Croatian-Americans and form a cross-cultural link between Puget Sound and Croatia.

St. Anthony's Tamburitza Orchestra is the house band of the St Anthony's Tamburitza and Kolo Club "Croatia" of Los Angeles, led by Tom Yeseta. Besides a standard tamburitza dance and song epertoire, this ensemble is known for their interpretations of excerpts from Croatian operas, classics of the Croatian music theater, and compostions written specifically for the tamburitza ensembles. In addition to this secular repertoire, the ensemble plays regularly for services in St. Anthony's church.

The Dalmacijo Singers, one of the groups existing under the umbrella of the Croatian American Cultural Center, have been delighting audiences since 1986. This choral ensemble has performed in various concerts, ethnic festivals, family gatherings, and Church of Nativity functions. With many of the member's family ties linking to the Dalmation Coast, their repertorie consists mostly of songs from different parts of Croatia. They fill out their repertoire with songs from Slovenia, Bosnia and other Balkan countries.

The Novi Stari Tamburasi ensemble led by Caroline Bahr, a graduate of Duquesne Universiy Tamburitza, performs regularly at the festivals organized in the Croatian American Cultural Center. This group features a fine selection of urban folk music standards coming from regions of northern Croatia and the Dalmatian Coast. By attending tamburitza and folk music festivals in Croatan and the US, they are involved in collecting and preenting contemporary tamburitza music to San Francisco audiences.

Blue Adriatic is one of the youngest tamburitza ensembles in the San Francisco Bay Area. This enemble is affiliated with the Croatian community in San Jose whose vibrant educational progarams in folk dance and culture led to the actual inception of Blue Adriatic. They perform at all major social functions in the Croatian community, as well as at major multicultural events in San Jose.

The Slavonian Traveling Band's diverse sound and repertoire crosses all boundaries and speaks for tolerance and hope. The sevem member ensemble, blends traditional Bosnian, Sephardic, Gypsy, Croatian, Macedonian, Serbian music with songs in the American folk tradition. Founded in 1986, the Slavonian Traveling Band performs throughout the San Francisco Bay Area as a tamburitza orchestra typical of the Balkan region. The Band also plays instruments found on the Dalmacian coast of Croatia, including the mandolin, mandola, and guitar. As the Band's repertoire features Macedonian and Romany (gypsy) music, they often include the sax, harmonica, and dumbek (drum).

Performers

Orkestar Zabava
Orkestar Zabava was formed in 1993 with the intent of providing music primarily for dance entertainment in Pittsburgh 's ethnic community; however, ov...

Dalmacijo Singers
The Dalmacijo Singers, one of the groups existing under the umbrella of the Croatian American Cultural Center, have been delighting audiences since 1...

Blue Adriatic
In the early 80's, the San Jose Croatian Church started a tamburitza ensemble comprised of the young parisioners eager to play a musical instrument. A...

Slavonian Traveling Band
The diverse sound and repertoire of The Slavonian Traveling Band crosses all boundaries and speaks for tolerance and hope. The popular eight member en...


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