Thursday, May 2, 2013, 8:00 – 10:00pm

Earshot Jazz: Kočani Orkestar: The Finest Gypsy Brass Band in the World

Great Hall; enter on Eighth Avenue. $12-$22.

Community, Music


From the city of Kočani, Republic of Macedonia, writes Schraepfer Harvey on the Earshot website, Kočani Orkestar is the premier exponent of that region’s brass-band tradition, originating in 19th-century imitation of Turkish military bands. Founded by trumpeter Naat Veliov, the band has expanded its early Gypsy-tune repertoire to include music of street parades, weddings, village celebrations (Alone at My Wedding), and Balkan pop and retro-surf (The Ravished Bride). With a powerful rhythm section (drummer plus four tubas) that rocks like a mutant Balkan funk band and wailing, passionate soloists (sax, trumpet, clarinet, accordion) who go to soaring heights, the thundering style of Kočani Orkestar has made it one of the best-liked Gypsy bands in Europe and the U.S. Orkestar Zirkonium, a Balkan-inspired, mobile, brass-and-drum band based in Seattle, opens the show. Presented by Earshot Jazz.
Advance tickets are $22/$20 Earshot members & seniors/ $12 for students with current ID, at and 1-800-838-3006. Great Hall; enter on Eighth Avenue.

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  1. Posted April 8, 2013 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

    I’m super excited about seeing this. But I hope there is space to dance?

    • Kristin Fiore
      Posted April 27, 2013 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

      I’m going all by myself and will be dancing in the aisles probably. I saw them in Croatia and Austria and had the best time ever. They were in the crowd, as usual, and I spent the night drinking slivovice with the band. Seeing Goran Bregovic at the Walt Disney Concert Hall was amazing, but we had to sit and that was super lame.

      • Posted April 30, 2013 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

        @Kristin, I will be joining you in the ailes then! I saw a different band, same style — Orkestar Zirkonium — at Tractor Tavern and what a good time! But, yes, this type of music is so good to dance, it’s hard to just sit… :)

  2. Elena Naskova
    Posted April 30, 2013 at 6:02 pm | Permalink

    Turkish Bulgarian? And they come from Macedonia? How is that? What’s wrong with saying Turkish Macedonian music? Because that’s the music that they are playing. THe music of Macedonia. You’re supporting the denial of the existence of the Macedonian nation and music and that’s awful. You don’t want to be doing that. It’s not in the spirit of human rights and freedom.

  3. Sarajevo Lounge
    Posted December 20, 2013 at 3:33 am | Permalink

    We have a very popular gypsy singer who will be performing live at Sarajevo Lounge on 12/29/2013. His name is Dzej Ramadanovski. He is very popular in the Balkans. What do you suggest how to get the word out there as I know many people would love to come see him perform. Thanks so much.

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