“An innovative ensemble that explores a dizzying range of styles, from Appalachia and Asia Minor to Eastern Europe. The sextet plays swirling, hard-driving music that always seems to end up in unexpected places.” SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
“This fine group goes on a world tour of Eastern Europe…with no cultural jet lag.”
SANTA BARBARA INDEPENDENT
“They’re a band to watch, with some sterling musicianship and a real sense of fervor about them.”
Janam creates a compelling, eclectic mix of Balkan, Turkish, Romani, Sephardic and American roots music, plus inspired originals. These sultry rhythms and soul-stirring melodies deliver a dance- and trance-inducing groove that carries the listener from the shores of the Black Sea to the foothills of the Appalachians. Led by golden-throated Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble veteran Juliana Graffagna, Janam features some of the Bay Area’s most innovative interpreters of Southern Balkan and Near Eastern traditional music. Janam’s collective experience includes decades of national and international touring, participation in local super groups Brass Menažeri, Stellamara, Edessa, and Gamelan X, and performances with Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares, Madonna, Ivan Milev, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Janam features: Dan Auvil: percussion; Tom Farris: laouto, guitar, accordion; Juliana Graffagna: voice, percussion; Gari Hegedus: oud, violin, mandocello; Peter Jaques: clarinet, voice; and Bill Lanphier, bass