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Red Poppy Art House: IpeiroKritika: Traditional Epirot & Cretan Music
July 6, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm$15 – $20
IpeiroKritika performs a mix of traditional Epirot and Cretan tunes and songs, two styles that are some of the most popular and known to be the most contrasting regional music of Greece.
Gregory Masaki Jenkins – clarinet, vocals
Aya Safiya – violin, vocals
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Gregory Masaki Jenkins, a South Bay native, has been playing Greek music since 1995 when he first attended Balkan Camp in Mendocino. After five years, he became an instructor there, directing Kids Band from 2001-2015 and also teaching at Balkanalia!, Kolo Festival, and Zambaleta. His travels to the Balkans have led him to meet and study with some of the world’s greatest Balkan musicians including Nikos Filippidis, Dzambo Agusev, and Ferus Mustafov. Jenkins currently directs the Balkan brass band Fanfare Zambaleta, teaches a weekly rebetika songs class on Tuesdays, and is on staff at Lark Camp.
Aya Safiya, a Bay Area-born musician, has studied Greek music for 20 years. In the past 10 years, she has made numerous visits to Greece to study with master singers and violinists such as Katerina Papadopoulou, Nicos Chatzopoulos, and Nikos Oikonomidhis. Safiya currently performs with Agapi Mou, Café Aegean, and Taraf de Locos.
Tano Brock is a Bay Area-born multi-instrumentalist, composer, and producer. Some of his primary instruments include percussion, saxophone, clarinet, and guitar. He co-founded Balkan/Latin band Taraf de Locos and has played with Greek quartet Agapi Mou, as well as Istanbul Connection. Brock has studied various instruments with masters both in California and the Balkans including Vlado Pupinovski, Zhani Struga, and members of Kočani Orkestar.