On Saturday, November 7 at 7:30 p.m., Stone Church Arts once again "brings the world to Bellows Falls." Ansambl Mastika will perform music from Greece, Serbia, Macedonia, Turkey and Bulgaria in a style they call the 'New Balkan Uproar' at Immanuel Episcopal Church at 20 Church Street in Bellows Falls.
With song styles ranging from the heart-wrenching clarinet 'miroloi' of northern Greece to the funkier o eci of the Serbian and Macedonian Roma (gypsies); from the oriental mystery of Turkish alg' ensembles to the driving power of Bulgarian wedding bands, Ansambl Mastika's music is rooted in the myriad styles of the Balkan Peninsula. We blend these tumultuous and irresistible sounds with the spontaneity and global sensibility of downtown jazz musicians in an approach we like to call the 'New Balkan Uproar'.
As members of such luminary NYC-based groups as Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band, Slavic Soul Party!, the Zagnut (Cirkus) Orkestar and Romashka we have helped bring the music of Eastern Europe to a broad audience in New York City and beyond. Through our work with these projects we have personalized a large variety of Balkan musical traditions. Since 2006, Ansambl Mastika has offered a fresh perspective on the important tradition of getting audiences out of their seats and onto the dance floor.
Stone Church Arts concerts take place at Immanuel Episcopal Church, 20 Church St., Bellows Falls. Tickets are $15 ($10 for seniors, students and children under 12) in advance and $18 ($12) at the door. They are available at Village Square Booksellers (Bellows Falls), Misty Valley Books (Chester), Brattleboro Books, Toadstool Bookshop Music Dept., and online at www.brattleborotix.com.
For more information call 463-3100 or visit www.immanuelepiscopal.org.