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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

Event Details

momci2_300By 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! 

jam_1_edited1_300Come 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.

Schedule

Saturday, Feb 14 - 4:00 pm to midnight

Special Events:
4:00 pm Tamburitza music workshop by Mark Forry. 4PM and hall of fame tamburitza musician, Ken Kosovec, will conduct a musical presentation showing the differences of the style of music from different regions Ken has been a teacher and leader for over 25 years with the Detroit Tamburitza Orchestra. Mark has published and written extensively about the history of tamburitza music.  Demonstration of Tambura Orchestra by guest musicians.
7:30 pm Tam Jam- Everyone plays and dances.
8:00 pm Welcome Dance - Tamburaski Orkestar Momci plays for dancing.

Food & drink available from 6:00 pm

Sunday, Feb 15 - 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Special Events:
1:00 pm At the tamburitza music workshop by Ken Kosovec and Mark Forry 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.

2:30 pm   Concert featuring Tamburaski Orchestra Momci and all the groups.
5:00 pm    Dance and sing-a-long with Momci and all the tamburasi.

Food and drink available from 1:00 pm

Performers

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 Matie...

Sidro
Sidro, formerly known as Blue Adriatic, is one of Northern California's favorite Croatian Tamburitza Orchestras. For over 20 years, Sidro has been per...

Novi Stari Tamburasi
Novi Stari Tamburaši is composed of a group of friends who enjoy playing tambura music from Croatia, especially music from Slavonija. Several...

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...

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...

St. Anthony's Tamburica Orchestra Croatia
St. Anthony's Tamburica Orchestra "Croatia" of Los Angeles was founded in 1960 by Josip Bachman, a master tamburas and director from Osije...


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