Ronald Long / Orkestar RTW

August 4, 2017

Accordion player Ronald Long is a founding member of Orkestar RTW, a five-piece band based in Seattle, Washington that started in 1987 as the house band for the Radost Folk Ensemble.  Named in the tradition of post-World War II Balkan radio and television house bands (such as Orkestar Radio-Televizije Beograd), Orkestar RTW (Radio-Televizije Washington) plays […]

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Mary Sherhart / Bulgarian
Voices of Seattle

August 2, 2017

Mary Sherhart is a Seattle-based singer, performer, teacher and ambassador of the music of Eastern Europe. Mary is currently choir director of the Bulgarian Voices of Seattle Women’s Choir. Its 35 members were all born in Bulgaria and range in age from 23-80. This choir is a program of the Bulgarian Cultural and Heritage Center […]

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Randal Bays

August 2, 2017

Randal Bays is an American born, Irish style fiddler and guitarist who brings power and passion to the old tradition. He’s well known on both sides of the Atlantic for his fiery fiddling and his devotion to the traditional style of playing. He has a special love for the fiddle traditions of Counties Clare and […]

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Juliana Svetlichnaia / PAVA

August 2, 2017

Juliana Svetlitchnaia is a Russian folk singer and an ethnomusicologist. She was born and grew up in Moscow, Russia, where she graduated from Ippolitov-Ivanov Musical Academy. Before moving to Seattle in 2005, Juliana lived in Denmark where she graduated from Carl Nielsen Academy of Music. For the last 20 years, Juliana has organized numerous ethnographic […]

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Sumiko Sato

March 17, 2017

Sumiko Sato is a Composer/Pianist and Japanese native who finished her doctorate at the University of Washington in Composition. She studied composition with Ken Benshoof and Richard Karpen, and piano with Patricia Michaelian. She has also worked with many of her contemporary Seattle musicians in the ’90s. Her music is often inspired by sound in […]

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Martin Koenig

March 17, 2017

Martin Koenig was founder/director of the Balkan Arts Center (later the Ethnic Folk Arts Center, today the Center for Traditional Music and Dance) in New York City. Still an active member of this non-profit’s Board of Directors, he remains a dedicated advocate for community-based traditional artists, especially those active in urban immigrant ethnic enclaves throughout […]

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Antonio Davidson-Gómez

March 17, 2017

Antonio Davidson-Gómez is an educator and percussionist focused on fostering musical dialogue between cultures. He has studied, performed and recorded in various genres with emphases on Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and Afro-Latin music. Tony has produced arts and culture programming, educational projects and community engagement initiatives for over two decades. A 2013-14 Jubilation Foundation Fellow for […]

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John Morovich / Sinovi
Tamburitza Orchestra

March 17, 2017

John Morovich grew up in Seattle’s sizable Croatian community. Since 1973, he has studied, taught, and performed traditional music and dance of Croatia and other parts of Southeastern Europe. He was awarded the Washington State Arts Commission Folk Arts Fellowship for 2001.  He is a featured soloist with the Sinovi Tamburitza Orchestra, artistic director of […]

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Anna Doak/ Different Drummer

March 16, 2017

Different Drummer is a multi-genre chamber ensemble founded by three string players from this region’s premier chamber orchestra, the Northwest Sinfonietta. Violinist Brandon Vance is a two-time winner of the US National Scottish Fiddle Championship. Gretchen Yanover is an acclaimed electric cellist with three solo albums to her credit. Bassist Anna Doak has performed and/or […]

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Etienne Cakpo

January 6, 2017

Etienne Cakpo is an award-winning professional dancer, choreographer and musician from Benin, West Africa. He teaches and performs traditional African dance from Benin as well as contemporary African dance styles, and has been building his dance and music repertoire for nearly thirty years. He directs Gansango Music & Dance, a performing arts group that works […]

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