San Francisco Tamburitza Festival
Sat - Sun, Feb 14-15, 2009 • 4:00 PM • Saturday 4PM -12PM Sunday 1PM - 8PM $15 or $25 for 2 days. Children Free
By popular demand Momci will be returning to San Francisco. Led by Hall of Fame Tamburitza player, Ken Kosovec, Momci was formed in 1992, and includes two generations of ourstanding tamburasi who play and sing at the highest level in Balkan music. Musicians include Ken, Peter, Dennis and David Kosovec, Sonya Kosovec-Sestili, Robert Sestili and Ryan Warner.
Also performing; Tommy Yeseta, Sidro, Slavonian Traveling Band, Koraci Dancers, Novi Stari Tamburasi, and the Dalmacijo Singers.
The highlight of saturday will be the Welcome Dance, featuring dancing & kolos at 8PM, preceded by Special Workshops and Demonstrations of tambura music starting at 4PM. Bring your tamburitza and join the TamJam at 7:30PM.
On Sunday at 2:30PM there will be concerts, sing-a-longs, and more dancing. The special tambura music workshops begin at 1PM.
There will be food served both days and Dance performances.. Be sure to check the schedule for updates.
More about Momci
Tamburaski Orkestar Momci was formed in 1993 by Ken and Dennis Kosovec. In addition to Ken and Dennis, original members were Frank Corak, Joseph Matievich and David Skaro. They were joined later by David Kosovec, Peter Kosovec, and David Ranilovich. The members all have extensive musical backgrounds not only as tambura performers but have also been involved in teaching, writing, and arranging music for the large tambura orchestra. The current members are David Kosovec on bas, Dennis Kosovec on kontra, Peter Kosovec on braè, Ken Kosovec on prim, and Sonya Kosovec Sestili on vocals, with guest performers Robbie Sestili on braè and Ryan Werner on èelo. Ken, Dennis, David, Peter, and Sonya were all members of the Detroit Tamburitza Orchestra and received early musical training from the Detroir Junior group. Ken is currently the director of the Detroit Tamburitza Orchestra, former director/teacher for 10 years of the Detroit Star Tamburitzans, former èelo player for 20 years with Orchestra Lira, and Tamburitza Hall of Fame recipient from the Tamburitza Association of America. Dennis Kosovec is concertmaster and assistant to Ken in the Detroit Tamburitza Orchestra, former assistant director of the Detroit Star Tamburitzans, and former bass player for 20 years with Orchestra Lira. David Kosovec is the bas player in the Otrov orchestra, former director of Hrvatski Tanac in Pittsburgh, musician in the Kumovi folk ensemble, graduate and past featured performer in the Duquesne University Tamburitzans, and Founders award recipient from the Tamburitza Association of America. Peter Kosovec is the prim player with Otrov, former director of South Hills Tamburitzans in Pittsburgh, musician in the Kumovi folk ensemble, graduate and past featured performer with the Duquesna University Tamburitzans, Founders award recipient from the Tamburitza Association of America, songwriter and arranger, and producer of 7 personal CD recordings. Sonya Kosovec Sestili is a graduate and past featured performer with the Duquesne University Tamburitzans, and is a frequent guest vocalist with numerous orchestras. Robbie Sestili plays braè with the Jerry Grcevich and Kontra Band orchestras, and is a Founders award recipient from the Tamburitza Association of America. Ryan Werner plays èelo with the T-Rroma and Kontra Band orchestras. Tamburaski Orkestar Momci has performed at many Tamburiza Extravaganzas and Slavic festivals throughout the years and have always strived to portray tambura music to the very highest level possible.
Special workshops by Master Musicians!
Come early both days for a special treat! At 4PM on Saturday, and 1PM on Sunday, there will be special workshops for musicians, and the interested public, demonstrating the richness of tambura music.
4PM Saturday, hall of fame tamburitza musician, Ken Kosovec, will conduct a musical presentation showing the differences of the style of music from different regions. 1PM on Sunday there will be an explanation of the role of each instrument in the orchestra. For a special listening treat, experienced players from the Detroit Tamburitza Orchestra and Tommy Yeseta's Orchestra from LA will join together to play orchestra arrangements for tambura.
Mark Forry will interview the next generation of young musicians, including Peter and David Kosovec from Otrov, for their comments on Tambura in America, and where it is going from their viewpoint.
Advance tickets are available at www.BrownPaperTickets.com
A block of rooms at a special rate has been allocated at Four Points by Sheraton, near the SF Airport for Friday, Feb. 13 - Sunday, Feb. 15. Call 1-650-624-3700 or 1-800-368-7764 to request TamFest group rates on or before Jan. 30, 2009.
Saturday, Feb 14 - 4:00 pm to midnight
Food & drink available from 6:00 pm
Sunday, Feb 15 - 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm
2:30 pm Concert featuring Tamburaski Orchestra Momci and all the groups.
Food and drink available from 1:00 pm
Novi Stari Tamburasi
Slavonian Traveling Band
St. Anthony's Tamburica Orchestra Croatia
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