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An evening with…

Ancient Future Duet Performing Celtic Raga

Saturday, January 29, 2011 at 7:00pm

Village Homes Community Center
2661 Portage Bay East, Davis, CA.
For reservations call: (530) 867-1032
$13 in advance,

$15 at the door

visit the website  (http://www.ancient-future.com)

Strains of ancient Celtic music and Indian raga emanate from this high energy improvisatory duet, one of the variations of the virtuoso world fusion music ensemble, Ancient Future. The Ancient Future Duet has performed in a variety of settings, from the huge audience (police estimate of 35,000 people) at the Summer of Love 30th Anniversary Celebration in San Francisco, to a standing room only three hour bar gig in Southern Oregon, to the Festival Internacional de la Guitarra on the golden coast of Spain near Barcelona.

Leader Matthew Montfort's synthesis of styles and sounds isn't superficial — he plucks the essential musicality of several traditions without discounting them. Beautiful world fusion music.”" — Roger Carlberg, ELECTRONIC MUSICIAN

"Marvelous rhythmic patterns ... truly magnificent tonal balances ... the shifting dynamics,the fabric of the ensemble, the emergence, (then gradual disappearance) of melodic lines and the esprit de corps are MESMERIZING.” — Philip Elwood, SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER.

Joe Fajen - Tabla

A multi-instrumentalist since childhood, Joe Fajen focused initially on piano, snare drum, drum set, and trombone. While attending the 1989 Whole Earth Festival in Davis, CA, Joe discovered tabla - or did tabla discover him? - and the course of his musical life changed forever.  Soon after his original encounter, Joe enrolled in tabla classes with Ustad Zakir Hussain in Berkeley and at the Ali Akbar College of Music in San Rafael, where he studied with Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri. He continued his studies with Arshad Syed, a devoted student of Zakir Hussain's father, Alla Rakha. Today, Joe studies with one of Ustad Zakir Hussain's closest disciples, Ty Burhoe, as well as with Pandit Binay Pathak of Mumbai, India. Joe has had the honor of accompanying a range of musicians and vocalists including Pandit Devashish Dey, Pandit Binay Pathak, Bill Douglass, Matthew Montfort, Paul Livingstone, Ross Kent, Angelika, Simrit Kaur, Suzanne Sterling, Swami Mangalananda, and Jaya Lakshmi. When he's not practicing the traditional Hindustani classical style of the Punjab gharana, Joe enjoys teaching tabla, African drumming, and rhythm theory to local students in his Nevada City, CA studio.

Matthew Montfort - scalloped fretboard guitar.

An award-winning guitarist (Louis Armstrong Jazz Award, Colorado Outstanding Young Guitarist Award), Matthew Montfort is a pioneer of the scalloped fretboard guitar (an instrument combining qualities of the South Indian vina and the steel string guitar). Montfort spent months in intensive study with vina master K.S. Subramanian in order to fully apply the South Indian gamaka (note-bending) techniques to the guitar. He is also known for his work on electric guitar, flamenco guitar, sitar, charango, mandolin, gamelan, and as leader of Ancient Future. He has studied with the master musicians of many world music traditions, including sarod master Ali Akbar Khan and gamelan director K.R.T. Wasitodipuro. He has recorded with legendary world music figures ranging from Bolivian panpipe master Gonzalo Vargas to tabla maestros Swapan Chaudhuri and Zakir Hussain.

Saturday, February 12, 2011 at 7:00pm

Village Homes Community Center
2661 Portage Bay East, Davis, CA.
For reservations call: (530) 867-1032
$13 in advance,

$15 at the door

Singer and dancer KINA MENDEZ grew up in the Mendez clan of Gypsy artists from Jerez. She began singing under the influence of her aunt, legendary singer La Paquera de Jerez. Her professional career began when she joined Manuel Morao's company. She later worked with Mario Maya and toured internationally with Salvador Tavora's productions Carmen and Carmina Burana. Performing in festivals such as La Fiesta de las Bulerias and Las Fiestas de la Vendimia in Jerez de la Frontera, she has shared the stage with Agujetas, El Grilo, La Macanita and others. A featured artist at last year's Festival de Jerez, her solo CD De Sevilla a Jerez was released 2008 in Madrid.

Drea Pacot has been dancing flamenco for 17 years. Drea studied in Spain with Concha Vargas, Jose Galvan, Belen Amaya, Raphael Campallo, and Concha Jareno. She studied years under San Francisco's Yaelisa. Drea has worked hard as performer and teacher in the Sacramento and Nevada County area. In 2007 Drea received a grant from The Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission to showcase her students.

Gopal Slavonic has studied and played flamenco for 16 years and studied Flamenco guitar in Sevilla, Spain at La Fundacion Christina Heeren. He studied at the Foundation for two years where he received the opportunity to study with many great guitarists. Gopal has returned to Spain to study many times over the last decade. Gopal has worked with California Flamenco artists Mark Taylor, Cerro Negro, La Fibi, La Carola, Roberto Zamora, Pilar Moreno and recently released his second CD "Dos Orillas".

An evening of Flamenco del Oro

Special guest from Jerez de la Frontera, Spain: Kina Mendez!

With dancer Drea Pacot, guitarist Gopal Slavonic, and percussionist Roger Aiton. 

TESLIM in Concert,

Sunday, March 27, 2011 at 7:00pm

Village Homes Community Center

2661 Portage Bay East, Davis, CA.

For reservations call: (530) 867-1032

Email: info@timnatalmusic.com

$13 in advance, $15 at the door

(Tes-LEEM) means both ‘commit’ and ‘surrender’ in Turkish and features two well known Bay Area musicians: violinist Kaila Flexer and Gari Hegedus on oud, Turkish saz, Greek lauoto and other (mostly plucked) stringed instruments. This potent duo performs Greek, Turkish and Sephardic music. In addition, both Flexer and Hegedus are composers whose original music is based on these fertile traditions. Both seasoned performers and recording artists, Teslim released its debut (self-titled) CD in December 2008.



“Teslim’s Kaila Flexer and Gari Hegedus are, respectively, a violinist and an instrumentalist of bewildering proficiency. Their tunes are exotic, and their virtuosity is spellbinding. –PVV, Billboard Magazine


violin master Kaila Flexer, best known as a leading West Coast proponent of the klezmer revival, and Gari Hegedus, who plays a dazzling menagerie of string instruments, have created an enthralling body of deeply personal music. They are an utterly original pair of players.”
   –Andrew Gilbert, San Jose Mercury News


The twin stringed chemistry and virtuosic interplay is extraordinary as Kaila and Gari forge a fresh musical idiom inspired by the cross-pollinating currents of Turkish, Sephardic and Cretan/Greek music.”
   –Dore Stein, Tangents Radio, KALW


This is a beautiful music that will remind you of what power music can hold in the hands of skilled artists whose love for what they do comes through in every note they play."
  –Richard Marcus, BlogCritics Magazine


The result of listening to their music is a genuine experience of transport in which we slip between the ancient and the new, the familiar and the unique, hearing this music with our hearts and souls as well as our ears."
  –Carolyn North, author

An evening of Teslim, with Kaila Flexer and Gari Hegedus

Sunday, May 22 at 7pm

Village Homes Community Center

2661 Portage Bay East

Davis, CA.  95616

Info: 530-867-1032


Tickets: $13 in advance, $15 at the door

“Three exemplary interpreters of Arabic Music” 

  Not to be missed!!

The program includes compositions by Egyptian, Tunisian and

Syrian Composers from the 19th Century.

The Trio includes;

Faisal Zedan – Percussions & Music director

Gari Hegedus – Oud & Fretted instruments

Briana Di Mara – Violin


For more details on the individual musicians, please check the following links;
Faisal Zedan - http://faisalzedan.com
Gari Hegedus - http://garihegedus.com
Briana Di Mara - http://brianamusic.com

Timna-Tal Music  Presents…An Evening of Arabic Music

with Faisal Zedan Trio

Photo: Faisal Zedan by Raymond Van Tassel

By popular demand 

An evening of Traditional Music of Eastern Europe, Featuring Lily Storm

Sunday, June 26, 2011 At 7 PM
Village Homes Community Center
2661 Portage Bay East, Davis,CA
$13 in advance, $15 at the door
Call; (530) 867-1032
for reservations & info. 

Lily Storm is a singer specializing in traditional music, with particular experience in Eastern European styles. She has studied with many traditional singers (Donka Koleva, Kremena Stancheva, Merita Halili and others)  She has traveled extensively, living for some months in Hungary and Greece and visiting Russia, Georgia, Turkey, Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia, Montenegro, Croatia and India. She also makes use of archival recordings to study ancient styles preserved into the early 20th century. In 2009 Lily released a debut solo album called If I had a key to the dawn: Love Songs and Laments from Eastern Europe, and is currently recording a collection of traditional lullabies from all corners of Europe. she sang with the Bay Area vocal ensemble Kitka for 5 years. As part of Kitka,she recorded as a soloist (The Vine, Wintersongs), collaborated in concert with ensembles including Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares and others.  

Lily Storm - Vocals & Harmonium
Dan Cantrell - Accordion
Gari Hegedus - String instruments

Words of Praise:
"A stark, stunning record, unsurprising upon learning that Storm sang with vocal troupe Kitka for a half-decade, whose albums never disappoint. Here she takes on Greece, Aremenia, Hungary, Bulgaria, and more on their own terms, creating a stunning tapestry of sounds backed up by an elegant selection of instrumentalists.” -- Derek Beres, Huffington Post

"Storm knows her material ... and sings with reverence, real skill, and true emotion. She's most certainly a class act, not appropriating the songs, but disseminating them to a wider audience.” -- Chris Nickson, All Music Guide

"this is someone who feels the music at a cellular level, and performs it with exquisite beauty.... Storm's voice and the songs are what this is about, and on the basis of this, she has a very grand future.” -- Sing Outhttp://www.songbat.comhttp://www.fidltest.com/Fidltest/Archive_Past_Concerts/Entries/2010/10/19_2010.htmlhttp://timnatalmusic.com/Timnatal_Music/Past_Concerts_2010.html#3shapeimage_7_link_0

TimnaTal Music Presents...

Healing Sounds of Ancient Turkey with... Latif Bolat


Latif bolat, turkish singer, composer and scholar of turkish music and folklore, will present a repertoire ranging from sufi devotional songs and turkish folk music to classical pieces.  His mesmerizing performances draw on ancient texts and employ traditional instrumentation on the baglama (long necked lute.)


Latif is a native of the Turkish Mediterranean town of Mersin. After receiving his degree in folklore and music at Gazi University in Ankara, Turkey, he taught traditional music throughout the country. He then went on to manage Ankara Halk Tiyatrosu, a musical theater company, which performed traditional musical plays. Mr. Bolat also received additional degrees in Turkish History and Middle East Religion and Politics from Ankara University and an MBA from San Francisco State University. Specializing in the ancient Turkish mystic-devotional music genre, Latif Bolat has been received with appreciation and enthusiasm throughout the world, as he provides a unique philosophy and approach to the performance of traditional music. By creating an intimate, almost "storytelling" atmosphere, he explains Turkish folk and mystic music and its sociopolitical and cultural elements. The performance both entertains and invites the audience to ponder questions such as how major sociopolitical factors influence culture and the art it produces.  As an important part of the presentation, Turkish devotional poetry from the 13th century mystics Rumi and Yunus Emre as well as later Turkish mystic poets are also sprinkled throughout the program.

“Bolat’s beautiful, resonant voice was the perfect medium to capture the mood and spirit of the audience.” 

“Bolat is a master of timeless Turkish music”


Sunday, November 6, 7 pm

Village Homes Community Center

2661 Portage Bay East

Davis, CA 95616

Tix: $13 in advance,$15 at the door. Info: 530-867-1032

or email info@timnatalmusic.com

TimnaTal Music Presents...

An Evening of acoustic Middle Eastern Music with...HELM

Helm’s vision is to play acoustic music reflective of the traditions of the Middle East through classical, folkloric and original compositions

Based in Marin County, California and founded by Ling Shien and Mark Bell, Helm has been able to play and perform with excellent local musicians and dancers. Close association with Carolena Nericcio, creator of American Tribal Style dance (a contemporary form of Belly Dance) helps keep the group attuned to the world of dance. They also travel abroad frequently to enhance and refine their knowledge and bring this information into the workshops and classes they teach. Helm recently was voted Favorite Musicians of the Year by the readers of Zaghareet! Magazine.

Helm has released 7 albums so far. A selection of their albums will be available during the concert

Sunday, September 18, 2011 at 7 PM

Village Homes Community Center

2661 Portage Bay East, Davis, CA

For information and reservations: 530-867-1032

Tickets:  $13 in advance, $15 at the door


For tickets and information, call Gil at 530-867-1032 or via email: ag@omsoft.com


Mark Bell -  darbukka,  zarb (a Persian hand drum), davul (a type of bass drum usually played with sticks), and various instruments of the tambourine/ frame drum family.


Ling Shien – ¼ tone accordion, mizmar (Arabic oboe), zumara (an ancient form of the clarinet), and kawala (a folkloric flute).


David Glazier – Percussion


Plus surprise guest musicians!!

TimnaTal Music presents:

An Evening of Traditional Greek Music with the HELLADELICS

The Helladelics is a Bay Area band specializing in traditional Greek

roots music. While having a special fondness for the hypnotic, bluesy

material from the Epirus region of northwestern Greece, their

repertoire also spans the region: from the upbeat dance tunes from

Thrace to the sweet vocal songs from the islands, as well as some

jaunts to Asia Minor and Armenia as well.

Sunday  July 24, 2011 at  7 pm

 Village Homes Community Center

 2661 Portage Bay  East, Davis

Tickets:   $13 reserved,   $15 at the door


For tickets and information, call Gil at 530-867-1032 or via email: ag@omsoft.com



The group consists of:

Mary Hofer Farris

Mary was on a long hiatus from playing after quitting the conservatory…until one spring day in 1996, when a clarinetist came into the music store where she was working and played a tsamiko. The angels must be from Epirus, because from that moment the hiatus was over. A founding member of Bay Area Balkan bands Voluta Vox, Top Dog Run, and Late Cift, Mary first delved into Bulgarian and Macedonian music, being temporarily sidetracked by West African music and finally finishing that pesky classical degree. She went on to play saxophone and clarinet with the wildly popular Brass Menažeri for six years before leaving the band late in 2008 to study Turkish music and to devote her energy to the Helladelics.

Michele Simon

Michele fell in love with Balkan folk music at age 15 and has never recovered. After a 20-year acting career, she has spent the last 20 years as a vocalist and drummer with a variety of Balkan music groups including Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble, and the dance bands Anoush, Orkestar Sali and Zabava! Izvorno.  She is a founding and current member of Brass Menažeri (http://www.brass.menazeri.com/).  She has studied with native-born musicians in the USA as well as in Bulgaria, where she has appeared on Bulgarian National Television. She is a popular singing teacher at West Coast music workshops and camps. 

Gari Hegedus

Gari plays violin, viola and a variety of stringed instruments from Greece and Turkey including lauoto, oud, saz and hand drums. Gari plays in the duo Teslim with violinist Kaila Flexer, and performs with world music group Stellamara (www.stellamarra.com) and Persian vocalist Hamed Nikpay (www.hamednikpay.com). He has studied with oud master Naseer Shamma and has recorded and performed with Ross Daly. He has toured with the Mevlevi Dervish (Sufi) Order of America and continues to participate in Turkish ceremonial and devotional gatherings around the country.

Tom Farris

Tom has been playing in Bay Area Balkan rhythm sections since 1994.  He is a multi-instrumentalist and plays a variety of drums and stringed instruments.  He was a long time member of Anoush, Brass Menažeri, and Top Dog Run.  Currently he plays with The Black Olive Babes and Izvorno Icepick.  In addition to Balkan music, Tom also writes and records his own folk-rock songs.


Past Concerts 2011