Greek and Turkish Music

Plus originals inspired by these fertile traditions

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Village Homes Community Center,  Davis, CA.  


Teslim (TesLEEM) means both 'commit' and 'surrender' in Turkish and features

Kaila Flexer on Violin and Viola, and Gari Hegedus on various (mostly plucked)

strings including Turkish Saz, Iraqi Oud, Greek Lauoto and Hand Drums.

This potent duo performs traditional music from Greece, Turkey and the Middle East

as well as original music (by Flexer, Hegedus and others) inspired by these traditions.   


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3 Leg Torso

From Portland, Oregon. 3 Leg Torso;  An all acoustic band that creates charming, elegant and modern chamber pop music infused with equal parts tradition and innovation. Influenced by Tango, Eastern European folk and other world music traditions.  Their cosmopolitan musical style embraces wit and humor within thoughtful, uncommon and beautiful musical arrangements.

3 Leg Torso formed in 1996 as violin, cello and accordion trio with the mission of creating original modern chamber music for their unique instrumentation. Over the following years the band has expanded both its musical mission and its size to become a quintet that now performs its eclectic synthesis of chamber music, tango, klezmer, latin and world music. As principal composers, founding members Béla Balogh (on violin and trumpet) and Courtney Von Drehle (on accordion) provide the core of 3 Leg Torso’s sound. They are joined by veteran percussionist/mallet player Gary Irvine, the fastidious mallets/percussion of Kyle MacLowry and the fiery upright bass player Michael Papillo.


Press Reviews:

"The quintet's level of musicianship is uniformly high, and their ensemble was tight as a drum Saturday night, with fluid transitions and edge-of-the-seat energy." The Oregonian

"All the beauty of Astor Piazolla's music and all the spunk of Kronos Quartet's."- CMJ

"Wildly exciting, wildly eclectic, rather difficult to describe." - Dirty Linen

"A success in the fluid netherworld between serious art and popular culture." - The Oregonian

"3 Leg Torso's classically tinged combination of gypsy folk and whirling tangos is both devilishly clever and damn beautiful." - Willamette Week

Check 3 Leg Torso's own site at: 3 Leg Torso


Fishtank Ensemble

Bay Area’s rompin’,stompin’ leaders of cross pollinated Gypsy music,

featuring: fiddle, accordion, flamenco guitar, musical saw, japanese shamisen lute, bass and amazing vocals.

One of the most exciting live shows on the West Coast – not to be missed!



East Meets West     

Romani/gypsy  extravaganza

Saturday, April 7,  2007  at  8 pm

The International House,  Davis, CA.

Past Concerts 2007