Savannah Fuentes in collaboration with Lolo Diklo: Romani against Racism present Kultura: a Night Celebrating Romani Gypsy Music and Culture
October 3rd, 8:00 p. m.
Columbia City Theater
4619 Rainier ave South
general admission $25
for the next week purchase tickets for $18 with the code word
Lache Cercel and The Roma Swing Ensemble
Seattle Flamenco Project
Dancer Savannah Fuentes
Guitarist Jed Miley
Headlining the evening is Lache Cercel and his Roma Swing Ensemble from Vancouver BC. Before leaving his homeland, Lache Cercel was one of Romania's premier musicians. From a musical Romani Gypsy family, he trained at the Academy of Arts in Bucharest, became a soloist with the Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra and, in 1986, was awarded the "Artist of the People" Citation by the Romanian government.
Cercel's music is firmly rooted in the Romani Gypsy tradition, styled with Doina Klezmer, Middle Eastern and European sounds, and held together with jazz improvisation.
In the tradition of Django Reinhardt and Stephen Grappelli, Cercel lays classical and improvisational jazz alongside traditional renderings, which makes for a phenomenal sound and the listener feels the strong roots and hears the history of tragedy, struggle and ultimate survival that is part of Romani music.
The Seattle Flamenco project is dedicated to increasing the understanding and appreciation of the complex art form known as" El Arte Flamenco" in the Seattle area by means of educational opportunities, performances, and collaboration with artists of other musical genres. Dancer Savannah Fuentes and guitarist Jed Miley are both Seattle natives and accomplished Flamenco artists.
Openinng the evening is The Entertainers, a band of local Romani Gypsy brothers, playing traditional Gypsy guitar melodies and songs.
only 100 seats available