Genres You Will Love
Moods: Type: Acoustic World: Balkan Folk: Traditional Folk Folk: Appalachian Folk

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United States - California - SF

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“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.”

“They’re a band to watch, with some sterling musicianship and a real sense of fervor about them.”

Janam (My Soul) blends Balkan, Near Eastern and American roots and original music, creating rapturous acoustic textures, whirling rhythms and stunning vocal harmonies. Led by Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble veteran Juliana Graffagna, Janam unites some of the San Francisco Bay Area's most imaginative and devoted practitioners of Balkan and Near Eastern music, who weave together Eastern exoticism, gritty Appalachian folk melodies and their own inspired compositions.

Janam features:
Juliana Graffagna ~ vocals, accordion
Dan Auvil ~ percussion, kaval
Tom Farris ~ laouto, guitar, accordion
Gari Hegedus ~ oud, saz, mandocello, violin
Lila Sklar ~ violin, vocals