World Remix 4.0

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SoundLabSF_LR in association with CELLspace Present

World Remix 4.0: Romani Breaks
A VoR_LoResbenefit

A night celebrating the Rom culture in diaspora:
From traditional dances of the Balkans to live remix of Turkish classics, brass bands and Balkanalian cirque performances.

RomBreaks

Saturday, October 22, 2005
8pm to 2am

With

Brass Menagerie Balkan Brass Band
Jef Stott aka DJ Oud (MC Rai, Lumin, SoundLabSF)
DJ Amar (Bansuri
DJ Sep (Dub Mission, KPFA)
DJ HappyFt (SoundLabSF)
Romani dance class with Sani Rifati (Voice of Roma)

Concessions provided by Voice of Roma
(all proceeds benefiting VoR)

Info

CELLspace
2050 Bryant St. b/t 18th and 19th Streets
Saturday, October 22, 2005
8pm to 2am
$12 regular admission
$25 VIP seating*

18 and over please.
Beer and Wine for ages 21 and over with valid ID

*VIP seating is limited, and includes: reserved cabaret seating in front of stage, service from concessions (items cost extra), and one complementary beer or wine ticket per person. Proceeds benefit Voice of Roma, a 501c3 nonprofit.

Program
8-9 PM
Roma music and dance lessons with Sani Rifati and Voice of Roma
9-10 PM
DJ Sep (Dub Mission, KPFA)
10-11 PM
Brass Menagerie Balkan Brass Band (live in the house)
11-12 AM
Jef Stott aka DJ Oud (Live Turkish Remix with oud, percussion and laptop)
12-2 AM
DJ Amar (spinning the best in world fusion breaks)

Between-set spinning by DJ HappyFt

Who

World Remix is a concert series celebrating music traditions from around the world and all the cross-cultural collaborations flourishing in the global community. While respecting the sources of musical traditions, World Remix also wants to recognize the fusion that blends those sources. The event also seeks to bring awareness to the issues facing the peoples in the featured regions. Past World Remix concerts have featured Yair Dalal, Lumin, and the Ali Khan Band and have raised awareness of issues of immigration, national borders, and the struggle between Israel and Palestine.

SoundLabSF seeks to create community through collaboration, experimentation, performance, recording, and distribution of sound. The SoundLab enriches both its own work and the surrounding community by developing artistic projects and educational programs that cultivate a voice of independent
culture(s).

Voice of Roma’s primary objectives and purposes are to organize, promote, and provide educational and charitable projects for and about Roma. Their goal is to provide Roma, with a special emphasis on the inclusion of Romani women, with a voice, in their local communities, as well as nationally and internationally. VoR is a nonprofit corporation.

The Brass Menagerie is the Bay Area’s premier Balkan Brass band, performing high-energy, sometimes stretchy, always exciting music of Serbia, Greece, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Balkan Roma & friends. We specialize in Serbian brass repertoire, as well as brass music of the Greek/Macedonian border region. In the tradition of the great Rom brass bands, we also exhibit influences from many other musics of the world.

Jef Stott aka DJ Oud, producer, performer and composer has been deftly navigating the realms of the global remix for over a decade. As a producer, he has released projects for MC RAI, LUMIN, and STELLAMARA. As a musical anthropologist, he has studied with master musicians from Morocco, Algeria, Egypt, Iran and Turkey which led him to become accomplished on several traditional stringed and percussion instruments of the Middle East. His new record label EMBARKA RECORDS will release new titles from MC RAI as well as his own work and remixes.

DJ Sep has spun on Bay Area radio since 1988, starting at college radio station, KUSF. She has also spun at clubs throughout the Bay. She is the founder of “Dub Mission,” a Sunday-night dub club at Elbo Room, which was started in 1996 as an alternative to a typical reggae club, focusing on the more cutting edge side of reggae music, that is, dub and progressive roots.

DJ Amar is amongst a handful of local DJs whose taste cuts a path through an abundance of musical selections and leads dancefloors into a hypnotic sway like snakes before the charmer. In this instance the muse is a masala that stews sounds from the Middle East and Africa with rhythms of the Asian underground and electric Brazilian vibes. Whether its bhangra, house, drum n bass or downtempo the global nature of Amar’s sets bridges a multi-culti span from the world to the Bay Area.

Sani (Shani) Rifati is a Rom from Kosovo, former Yugoslavia and is the president of Voice of Roma. He is an International Human Rights Monitor, a writer, a speaker, the producer of the annual Herdeljez Festival, a dummer, a dancer, and a teacher. Sani has helped educate and raise the awareness of the public here concerning the Romani folk arts, he has been a strong 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.