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World renowned Macedonian-Roma clarinetist Ismail Lumanovski collaborates with  Inspector Gadje Balkan Brass for the 8th Anniversary of KAFANA BALKAN

February 7th, 2015, 9pm

 Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., San Francisco, $20, SOLD OUT!

For eight years Serbian DJ Zeljko has produced Kafana Balkan, a seasonal party that SF Weekly called, the "Best Crazed... Brass Band Dance Party in SF." For the eastern European communities that come out, it’s a little bit of home, and for all it’s one of the Bay’s best parties. Sold out shows, sweat soaked dancers, home-made gibanica and burek (savory Balkan pastries), bumpin’ Balkan dj sets, bellydance, and brass bands playing through the crowds and onto the stage . . .  Don't miss one of the City’s absolute best Parties!  One of the best parties anywhere as proclaimed by the SF Bay Guardian and followers alike.

This extra-special Kafana Balkan line-up features Macedonian-Roma clarinet maestro Ismail Lumanovski, who is flying in from New York, superstar dancers Jill Parker and Elizabeth Strong, locally loved Inspector Gadje Balkan Brass and Dj Zeljko.

Lumanovski, who performs internationally and leads the New York Gypsy Allstars, is perhaps the first Roma clarinet player to graduate from the Juilliard School of Music in New York. His sui generis mastery of Western classical and Eastern folk music have elevated both musics to new heights, and indeed to new octaves in the clarinet. 


Lumanovski will join Inspector Gadje in a new cross country and cross-cultural collaboration. This continues Inspector Gadje’s tradition of learning from master Eastern European musicians, a practice going back to 2010 when the band began through a collaboration with the Voice of Roma, a non-profit that supports Romani cultural causes world-wide.  

More on Ismail Lumanovski - www.ismaillumanovski.com                                         More on Kafana Balkan - www.facebook.com/kafana.balkan
More on Jill Parker- www.facebook.com/jillparkerfoxglovesweethearts?fref=ts     More on Elizabeth Strong – www.strongdancer.com