Musicians and Bands


Folk Dance Bands and Musicians

The groups listed below are available for hire. Some bands have repertoires limited to specific countries or regions while others play a broad spectrum of dance music. All are based in Northern California.
NameType of music Contact Information
Agapi MouGreek, Albanian, Armenian, Roma, TurkishGregory Jenkins
(650) 450-0418

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BecariKolo/SerbianSam Vodis
(415) 485-1816
Born to DroneBalkan and Beyond Singing GroupJean Benniof

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Brass MenazherieBalkan Brass bandPeter Jaques
(415) 867-9260
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California Kapela Music for general folk dancing, with an emphasis on Eastern European/Balkan music Susan Worland
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ChubritzaInternational dance musicCraig Kurumada
(707) 822-8045
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Cope Family BandBalkan Dance BandBill Cope
(408) 985-6737

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Da! Mozhem Mostly Balkan Dance Band Ginny Snyder
(408) 733-5529
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Dalmacijo Singers Croatian Choir (spring 2013 on hiatus pending getting a new director)Rajna Ledoux
(510) 864-9999
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Disciples of MarkosGreek, mainly Rebetika for listeningDennis Demakos
(415)235-0328

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Douglas GallagherDirector of Balkan choir (high school students) Douglas Gallagher
(707) 490-6206

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EdessaBalkan Dance BandGeorge Chittenden
(510) 525-4342

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Erik Hoffman/Ingrid NoyesTraditional Old-Time American - contras, squares, big-circle dancesErik Hoffman
(510) 444-4397

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or Ingrid Noyes (415) 663-1342

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Fanfare ZambaletaBalkan Brass BandGregory Jenkins
(650) 450-0418
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FotiaGreekMichael Kutulas
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Helios GreekLefteri Tsakle
(209) 613-8973

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HelladelicsGreekTom Farris
(510) 282-2774
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Inspector GadjeBalkan Brass BandSean Tergis
(415) 505-6562

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Janam (formerly Black Olive Babes) Balkan, Middle Eastern, AppalachianJuliana Graffagna
(510) 435-7844
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The John Brothers Piano CompanyTraditional Old-Time American Mary Goree
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Kitka Eastern European vocal music, women's choir (listening only)Shira Cion
(510) 843-4110
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Leon Bumanglang & friendsMiddle Eastern and Old-Time AmericanLeon Bumanglang
(831)458-1340
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Mid-East Tapestry QuartetTurkey, Greece, Armenia, Iran,

Arabic speaking countries
Vince Delgado
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Mosaic Bulgarian, Serbian, and InternationalTony Canavarro
(831) 883-2668

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MWE Turkish and Balkan Music Sean Tergis
(415) 505-6562
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MythosTraditional and Contemporary GreekBobby Klaivitis
(408) 269-4941
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Nada LewisInternational accordion musicNada Lewis
(510) 243-1122
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Naomi ZamirBalkan, Israeli, KlezmerNaomi Zamir
(650) 328-2413
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NestinariBulgarian Ivan Kabaivanov
(925) 360-6293
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Orkestar SaliBalkan, Rom Rumen Sali Shopov
(510) 847-7918
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Tim Rued Square, contras, and
Scandinavian music, with emphasis on Swedish
Tim Rued
(209) 825-2669
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Slavonian Traveling BandCroatian and Bosnian Paul and Mari Litsky
(510) 525-8039
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Stanford Klezmer BandKlezmerIsaac Bleaman or David Rosenthal

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Staro Vino Balkan Mark Jenkins
(408) 242-7313

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SviraciBalkan Melissa Miller
(408) 246-7646
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The MehanatonesMacedonian Bill Cope
(408) 985-6737
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VecernicaInternational folk dance music Dave Bogdanoff
(650) 604-6138
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Verna DruzhinaBalkanMark Jenkins
(408) 242-7313
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VFO Balkan Dance BandBalkan and InternationalLesley Schneider
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Zado Singers Eastern Europe and beyond Barbara
(916) 923-1555
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Zabava MacedonianBill Cope
(408) 985-6737
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ZiyiaGreekGeorge Chittenden
(510) 525-4342
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ZoyresEast European Fusion, mainly BalkanMichael Perlmutter
(774) 279-6416
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Thanks to Arelene Imagawa, Ginny Snyder and Greg Jenkins and others for helping to keep this page up-to-date.