Wednesday, July 11, 2007

SE Europe, in Dutchess County!

Putumayo World Music's fabulous CD, Gypsy Groove: Balkan beats and gypsy jams from the dance floors of Eastern Europe and beyond, was my introduction several years ago to this vibrant musical genre. Now I see there are several opportunities to explore more about Southeastern Europe this weekend in Dutchess County ...

At Upstate Films in Rhinebeck, tonight and Thursday at 6 p.m.: Gypsy Caravan -- this uplifting documentary explores the music, lives, and heritage of five Gypsy bands from around the world as they unite for a six-week concert tour across North America.

On Friday (the 13th!) avant-garde vocalist-violinist Iva BittovĂ¡, called "one of the most remarkable personalities in Czech music" will perform an experimental mix of new music and Moravian folk music at 8:30 pm at the Spiegeltent Cabaret, part of SummerScape 2007 at the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College in Annanandale-0n-Hudson.

(By the way, be sure to check out the great video about the Spiegeltent on the Poughkeepsie Journal web site from Kathleen Wereszynski Murray and Chrissie Williams.)

Then get out your dancing shoes, because there is a Bulgarian Folk Music & Dance Party & Midsummer Birthday Celebration at Breezy Hill Orchard in Staatsburg, on Saturday from 4 p.m. to midnight, rain or shine, featuring a reunion of Bulgarian musical treasure, The Kabile Bitov Wedding Band.

More info on Saturday's event: Suggested music contribution: Adults $15, Student & Seniors $10
A contribution for dinner would also be appreciated
Children 12 & under free, no one will be turned away
Reservations PLEASE - we need a head count for dinner! *
4-6 pm Meet & greet, music jams, lambs roasting from noon
6:30 Dinner w/ lamb, pasta, dessert, BYOB
Please bring a vegetarian salad or side dish if you can
8:00 Concert & dance until the last person drops!
Camping in the orchard, breakfast on request
This event is open to family, friends, and the folk music & dance community
To RSVP, volunteer or for further info contact:
* Noel Kropf - 845-739-8146 -
Breezy Hill Orchard and Cider Mill
828 Centre Road
Staatsburg, NY 12580
Salt Point exit from Taconic Parkway

Kabile Bitov Wedding Band photo provided

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