Sun Mar 31 2024


4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Contra Costa County
Co-presented by KlezCalifornia

House Concert in Kensington: Zoë Aqua / Dmitri Gaskin / Raffi Boden

Join Zoë Aqua, Dmitri Gaskin and Raffi Boden for an evening of traditional village music from three unique Eastern European Cultures: Transylvanian, Polish, and Ashkenazic Jewish. The three musicians, joining together in a supergroup, have devoted their careers to mastering the music of these cultures, far-off in both place and time. If there’s one thing consistent between these different cultural styles, it’s that each is hyper-regional. Through the concert, we will travel on a journey from village to village across the Carpathian Mountains, hearing the music each has to offer. The concert will also feature a number of the group’s original compositions in these styles.

Zoë Aqua (violin) recently completed a 2-year stint in Cluj, Romania on a Fulbright studying Transylvanian folk music. While there she recorded the album “In Vald Arayn”— new compositions inspired by traditional music, developed in collaboration with Romanian and Hungarian musicians.

Dmitri Gaskin (accordion) performs around the world with Yiddish singer Anthony Russell in the duo “Tsvey Brider,” most recently in a program of Black and Jewish music with the Louisville Orchestra. Tsvey Brider released their album Kosmopolitn in 2022.

Raffi Boden (cello) has forged his own expansive style, combining his fluency on the instrument with a reverence for folk traditions. Since graduating from Juilliard, Raffi has performed in ensembles from experimental chamber trios to raucous klezmer big bands and in venues ranging from intimate neighborhood haunts to Carnegie Hall.

In-person in Kensington.

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