International Folk Music & Dance Program
Past Event ....... February 27th, 2008 — 7:00 pm
Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. in Callahan Hall, the eclectic folk band Zhok Therapy performs a concert of tunes from Greece, the Balkans and the Middle East, followed by folk dance demos and audience participation with dance leaders John Rozos and Marie Wendt. Free.
Further details: As an antidote to the pervasive midwinter chill, the folk band Zhok Therapy will be serving up a spicy smorgasbord of music from the Mediterranean, the Middle East and beyond at the Lewiston Public Library on Wednesday, Feb. 27. The free public event will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. in Callahan Hall, located on the library’s third floor.
â€œMuch of what we play is dance tunes,â€ says Zhok Therapy’s clarinet player Steve Gruverman, â€œso we’ve invited a couple of folk dance experts to join us.â€ Following the band’s 45-minute concert, veteran Greek dancer John Rozos and international dance instructor Marie Wendt will demonstrate and teach such popular ethnic dances as the energetic â€œHassapikoâ€ from Greece and the graceful â€œZemer Atikâ€ from Israel.
Sharing the stage with Gruverman will be Carl Dimow on flute and guitar, Julie Goell on bass and vocals, percussionist Hayes Porterfield, and special guest Mark Tipton on trumpet. This ensemble is known for their imaginative cross-pollinations of traditional folk genres with jazz and blues. The â€œzhokâ€ in their name refers to a type of rhythm distinctive to Jewish and Middle Eastern music, and their repertoire taps the cultural heritage of such ancient lands as Greece, Turkey, Macedonia and Bulgaria, while also giving free reign to improvisation and innovation.
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