Voice of Roma 2016 Events
April 15-24 - DC, NJ, and NY - Esma Redzepova
and conference and lectures about Roma
- Friday, April 15, 2016, 4:30 to 6:00 pm - "Gendered Migration of Muslim Balkan Roma: Work, Sexuality, and Ritual in New York and Germany" - 285 Mercer St., NYC, 7th floor. By Carol Silverman, Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Folklore, University of Oregon Department of Anthropology and Folklore. Part of the NYU Gender and Transformation: Women in Europe Workshop. website
- Tuesday, April 19, 2016 11 AM - Global “Gypsy": Balkan Romani Music, Appropriation and Representation - Carol Silverman, illustrated lecture. Brooklyn College, Wolf Institute for the Humanities, and Department of History. Tanger Auditorium. 718-951-5847
- Wednesday, April 20, 2016, noon - Esma Redzepova and Folk Masters - free - Library of Congress, DC. Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building. website
- Thursday, April 21, 2016, noon-1:00 p.m. - "Global Gypsy": Balkan Romani Music, Appropriation and Representation - Carol Silverman, "Benjamin Botkin Lecture," Pickford Theater, 3rd Floor James Madison Building, Library of Congress, DC. website
- Thursday April 21, 2016, 6:00 p.m. - Esma Redzepova and Folk Masters - free - Kennedy Center, DC. Millennium Stage. website
- Saturday- Sunday, April 23-24, 2016 - Romani Arts and Letters Conference - free - NYU Initiative for Romani Music, NYC. website
- Saturday, April 23, 2016, 8 PM (doors open 7 PM) - Esma Redzepova and Folk Masters - Sts. Kiril and Metodij Macedonian Orthodox Church Hall, 1050 Pompton Ave, Cedar Grove, NJ 07009 $35 ($30 advance) 862-400-1226 get tickets
- Sunday, April 24, 2016, 6:30 p.m. (doors open 6:00 p.m.) - Esma Redzepova and Folk Masters - with dance workshop by Sani Rifati Le Poisson Rouge 128 Bleecker St., NYC. $20, 18 yrs and older website
April 20-30 - Esma 2016 USA Tour summary
Washington DC, 4/20 noon:
Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress
Washington DC, 4/21 6 PM:
Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center
University of Pittsburg
New Jersey, 4/23:
Saints Kyril and Metodij Macedonian Orthodox Church, Cedar Grove
New York City, 4/24:
Le Poisson Rouge
Town Hall, Seattle, sponsored by Earshot Jazz
Vashon Island Public School System, Vashon Island
University of Oregon, School of Music, Beall Hall, Eugene
Herdeljezi Festival, Oakland
The touring group consists of 8 people: 6 performers and 2 tour managers.
Stage plot and technical requirements available upon request.
The Ensemble performers are:
Esma Redzepova, vocal
Simeon Atanasov, accordion
Filip Nunevski, trumpet
Aleksandar Stamenkovski, guitar
Nikola Mitrovikj, bass
Safet Demirov, drums
The tour manger is Sani Rifati, and Esma's assistant is Vesna Georgieva.
Information: Sani Rifati: email@example.com
lecture, discussion, music and dance
The UWB School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences and the UW Comparative History of Ideas Program are delighted to welcome Sani Rifati, Roma human rights activist and musician to campus for a lecture and workshop, Thursday, April 28, 1:15 pm Discovery Hall, Room 165 B
Sani Rifati directs Voice of Roma, an arts and human rights organization. He is also a musician and dance educator. Of Romani decent, Sani was born in 1962 in Kosovo and emigrated to the United States in 1993; he now lives in Berlin.
The estimated 10 million to 12 million Roma in Europe — 6 million of whom are in the E.U. — have suffered centuries of discrimination and persecution. But Europe’s turbulent economic climate has contributed to a rise in populist anti-Roma rhetoric and openly racist anti-Roma policy agendas.
Simultaneously, Roma music and dance styles are reaching global levels of popularity, seen and heard in traditional dance scenes as well as sampled in electronica and hip hop. Contending with this complex landscape of cultural appropriation, Sani works to insure that Roma artists have freedom and respect to present their own Roma culture through responsibly and ethically produced cultural programming.
Sani is a vocal advocate for preserving the traditional folk music, songs, and dances of his culture. He is a strong believer in creating community through his people’s spirit of sharing music, dance, oral histories, food and drink.
Sani will be accompanied by his son, Benji Rifati, local musician and UW Seattle undergraduate student.
Join us for discussion, music and dance! Questions? Please contact Carrie Lanza, firstname.lastname@example.org