MUSIC: JANAM ~ Eclectic Balkan Groove
Janam (“My Soul”) creates a compelling, eclectic mix of Balkan, Romani, Sephardic and American Roots music plus inspired originals. Led by golden-throated Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble veteran Juliana Graffagna, Janam proves that the foothills of the Balkans and the Appalachians lie in Oakland. Janam’s funky meters, bittersweet modes, driving tunes, and sultry ballads invoke the nightingales and dark eyes, the hot love and cold hollows of Europe and America’s most musical mountains.
The ensemble features virtuosic Bay Area players, including a multi-instrumentalist who tours with whirling dervishes and one of the best Balkan-style clarinetists around. Janam’s collective experience includes decades of national and international touring, participation in local super groups Brass Menazeri, Stellamara, Edessa, and Gamelan X, and collaborations with Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares, Mariana Sadovska and rap artist, Mr. Lif.
Juliana Graffagna: voice
Peter Jaques: clarinet, ney, voice
Tom Farris: accordion, laouto, guitar
Gari Hegedus: oud, mandocello, violin
Dan Auvil: percussion, voice