CCSF Folk Dance Team & Slavonian Traveling Band

Croatia : “Igre Bosanske”, “Sviraj Zlato” traditional, arranged by Gail Barton & “Misnjaca” traditional. performed by CCSF Folk Dance Team & Slavonian Traveling Band

Gail Barton has been directing the City College of San Francisco Folk Dance Team & producing concerts for over 20 years. The diverse Repertoire includes dances & suites from: Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechoslovakia, Finland, Greece, Israel, Italy, Mexico, the Philippines, Poland, Romania, Scotland, Taiwan, Turkey, USA- Appalachian & Vintage, and the former Soviet Republics of the Ukraine, Georgia, Russia, & Turkmenistan. Past Performance Highlights include: SF Kolo Festival, 49er Halftime, SF Carnival Parade (2nd Place Award for Costume), Stanford University, Folk Dance Federation Events, Slavonic Cultural Center –Poklada Festival, as well as many on campus productions & events.

Please contact: (415) 452 5353 (search: dance)

The Slavonian Traveling Band will be playing a diverse dance program including many easy to follow Balkan dances, as well as waltzes, polkas, tangos, & swings. Although most of the Band's repertoire originates in the Balkans, its music is Californian and includes original songs. Live performances are "a tasty toss of acoustic Bosnian, Croatian, Macedonian, Serbian, Rom (Gypsy), Sephardic and ‘California Sevdah’ songs". Founded in 1986, the eight member band performs throughout the San Francisco Bay Area as a tamburitza orchestra typical of the Balkan region. (Tamburitzas are a family of lute-like stringed instruments. They are made in different sizes, shapes, and courses of strings). The Band also plays instruments found on the Dalmatian coast of Croatia, including the mandolin, mandola, and guitar. In the songs of Macedonia, Romania and Bosnia, the sax and dumbek join the tambura.

The Slavonian Traveling Band has performed at the NorthWest Folklife Festival, The Tamburitza Extravaganza in Reno, Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, Oakland's Festival of the Lake, La Pena, Mills College, Hertz Hall, Noe Valley Ministry, Slavonic Cultural Center, and at many ethnic picnics and weddings. The band members also dance, and can the lead the kolos.

Since the fall of 1993, the Slavonian Traveling Band has organized multi-media performances under the title "Ivo's Diaspora Cabaret" as a place for refugees in the Bay Area to find renewal of their culture in their new American homeland. The band's recordings include: Balkan Mixed Salad, & Gone Gypsy. The band has also appeared on compilations including:The 1st Ever San Francisco Tamburitza Festival &The San Francisco Festival of the Mandolins. For more information contact the band at: (510) 841 0934




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