Musical Performance: The New York Gypsy All-Stars Band

Sat, March 14, 2009 9:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Ismail Lumanovski - clarinet
Tamer Pinarbasi - kanun
Panogiotis Andreu - bass
Seido Salifoski - darbouka
Engin Gunaydin - drums

Price: $15.00
(Doors open at 8:30 p.m)

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The New York Gypsy All-Stars Band showcases some of New York City's finest musicians playing jazz-inflected Turkish, Balkan and Mediterranean Romani (Gypsy) songs with a personal touch as well as original pieces. These musicians have performed with such world music icons as Turkish clarinet master Husnu Senendirici, and Bulgarian masters Ivo Popasov and Yuri Yanakov.

The group is the brainchild of Serdar Ilhan, producer of the New York Gypsy Festival, which offers a broad perspective on various styles of Gypsy music and dance against the backdrop of New York City. New York, being the crossroads of many cultures, is essentially Gypsy at heart.

"Lumanovski and Senlendirici proved spectacular players who had listened hard to Coltrane and Dolphy - especially Lumanovski, his sound very soprano sax, lots of burr and flutter and overtone." - Robert Christgau, Salon

Listen to the New York Gypsy All-Stars


Ismail Lumanovski (Macedonia)

Ismail Lumanovski was born in 1984 in Bitola, Macedonia and started playing the clarinet at the age of nine. He made his debut in 1998 with the Macedonian Philharmonic, and his U.S.A. debut in 2002 with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra at Interlochen Arts Camp. Mr. Lumanovski was the principal clarinetist with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra and a member of the High School Concert Orchestra at the Interlochen Summer Camp, a member of the Interlochen Arts Academy Band and Orchestra, and currently a member of the Juilliard Symphony Orchestra. He has won numerous competitions and awards, including first prize at the 23rd, 24th and 25th National Clarinet Competition in Macedonia, second prize at the International Competition in Bulgaria, first prize at the National Chamber Music Competition in Macedonia, second prize at the International Chamber Music Competition in Bulgaria, and was a winner of the 1998 Folk Music Competition in Macedonia. In his Junior and Senior years at the Interlochen Arts Academy, he received a Fine Arts award. Mr. Lumanovski has played numerous concerts in France, England, Belgium, Germany, Bulgaria, Turkey and the U.S.A.. He has studied with Pande Tatarcevski, George Townsend and Nathan Williams and is currently a student at the Juilliard School where he studies with Charles Neidich.

Tamer Pinarbasi (Turkey)

Born in Karaman, Turkey in 1970, Tamer Pinarbasi attended the Istanbul Technical University State Conservatory of Turkish Music, where he developed his own technique for playing the kanun. Instead of using a misrab (plectrum) on each pointer finger, he plays with his fingernails, a technique which allows him to use all his fingers while playing. Combining this technique with his knowledge of the makam and western harmony, Mr. Pinarbasi has become one of the world's great kanun virtuosos. He has made numerous recordings in Turkey, and has performed solo concerts throughout Europe. He moved the the US in 1984 and resides, performs and teaches in New York City.

Panagiotis Andreou (Greece)

Panagiotis Andreou, a native of Athens, Greece, is a cross-cultural musician with 11 years experience as a bass player, 10 years of Baroque classical, Byzantine, and traditional Greek music studies, and advanced degrees in performance from Berklee College of Music and SUNY-Purchase. Over the last decade, he has had the opportunity to play an extensive array of world music, including afro-Caribbean, South American, Balkan, Turkish, Armenian, Western African, and Middle Eastern. His artistic journeys have taken him around the globe both musically and physically and seen him play with the likes of such prominent performers as Jason Linder, Ray Vega, Yanka Rupkina, Ivan Milev, Husnu Senledirici, Los Van Van, Isac Delgado, Pedro Martinez, Little Johnny Rivero, Alfredo de la Fe, Edmar astaneda, Marta Gomez, Sula da Silva, Laco Deczi, Bala Tounkara, Julio Nava, Lefteris Bournias, Cano Estremera, and Maelo Ruiz. Panagiotis is currently on tour with New York based latin-funk collective "Yerba Buena" and he is active in the New York music scene, where he has lived for the last four years.

Seido Salifoski (Macedonia)

A Roma born to a singer mother and a folk dancer father in Prilep, Macedonia, Seido has played darbuka/dumbek in the Balkan and Middle Eastern style for 30 years. With his extensive experience playing Turkish, Greek, Balkan, and Middle Eastern percussion combined with a flair of jazz from studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston, his unique virtuosity has set him apart from the pack worldwide. After playing in the now-legendary Middle Eastern NYC nightclubs Ali Baba and Port Said, Seido developed and augmented the style of dumbek playing when he joined forces with Matt Dariau’s Paradox Trio, which spearheaded the downtown New York Balkan Jazz movement. Seido has played with such notable artists as Tarkan, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, and Ivo Papasov as well as Zlatne Uste, Yuri Yunakov, Hassn Isikkut, Anahid Sofian Dance Company, Ken Butler, Balkan Brothers (the collaboration with Ismail Butera) and Romski Boji. He teaches at Balkan and Turkish music/dance camps as well as privately offering full day workshops several times a year.

Engin Gunaydin

Turkish drummer, percussionist and composer Engin Kaan Gunaydin was born in Melbourne, Australia. After primary school he and his family moved to Turkey where he continued his studies in Ankara. He auditioned for the Bilkent University Music Department and was accepted with a full scholarship after which he decided to become a professional drummer and percussionist. For many years he performed as a guest member of the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra. Between his classical education, the interest he had in jazz and contemporary music had attached him more to the drumset. In Turkey he performed with Sibel Kose, Kamil Erdem, Tuna Otenel, Sarp Maden, Yahya Dai, Sertab Erener, Husnu Senlendirici, Mehmet Ali Sanlikol, Erkan Ogur, Ismail Hakki Demircioglu, Omer Faruk Tekbilek, Melis Sokmen, Kerem Gorsev, Fazil Say, Zuhal Olcay, Ufuk Yildirim and Iskender Paydas. In 2004, he won a scholarship and enrolled in the Berklee College of Music located in Boston, MA. He has recorded with the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, Dunya Ensemble, Natalie Dietrich Group and Fazil Say. Berklee graduate Engin now resides in New York as an active drummer-percussionist.


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Last updated: 2009-03-02 21:57:35

New York Gypsy All-Stars
New York Gypsy All-Stars

Alwan for the Arts

16 Beaver Street, 4th Floor
(between Broad St. and Broadway)
New York, NY 10004
(646) 732-3261

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