Balkan Jam & Dance, once a month from 10:30pm to 3am live music and DJ Set
Heard by over 1 million people during her 3-year tour with Cirque Du Soleil, Erini’s voice is characterized by ornaments from the Greek tradition and inspired by far-ranging influences. Growing up in a musical family on the island of Crete, Greece, Erini’s mother, a descendant of Greek-Anatolian refugees, introduced her to the Greek – Anatolian musical tradition which ignited Erini’s passion for singing. Completing a Master at Berklee College of Music paved new paths of experimentation for Erini as she redefined the constraints of genre and birthed her current sound combining her musical influences. Erini is based in New York City and performs internationally as a solo artist and a collaborative vocalist. She is a professor at Berklee College of Music. Erini sang in the 2023 Grammy nominated Album “Crisálida” by Danilo Perez featuring The Global Messengers. She has showcased her musical heritage at Carnegie and has been awarded the Greek America Foundation’s 40 under 40 Award and the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Traditional Arts Fellowship.
Tamara Jokic is a singer and composer born in Valjevo, Serbia. After graduating from Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA) she moved to New York, where she is currently living and creating. Passionately devoted to the Mediterranean culture, music, and languages, she had the opportunity to work and perform with many world-class musicians and producers, such as Javier Limón, Mariza, Diogo Clemente, New York Gypsy All Stars, Panagiotis Andreou, Amira Medunjanin, Bojan Z, Montse Cortés, Alejandro Sanz, Israel Suárez Piraña, Paul Winter, Jamie Haddad, as well as rising young stars of the contemporary and world music scene such as Layth Sidiq, Nella Rojas, etc. Singing in more than 10 languages, Tamara develops her own expression in the world music genre, lovingly nurturing the fusion of Mediterranean and Balkan music. Tamara Jokic, as one of the most promising world music vocalists of today, performed in numerous acclaimed concert halls throughout the world: Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space NY, Kombank Dvorana in Belgrade, Teatro Zarzuela in Madrid, BPC in Boston, Kolarčeva Zadužbina in Belgrade, etc. Apart from her on-stage musical endeavors, Tamara Jokic is an avid educator and a speaker. After obtaining a BA and an MA degree in Linguistics at the University of Belgrade, Serbia, and the University of Granada, Spain, and shortly after a music degree at Berklee College of Music, Tamara explored and dove into the correlation between languages, voice, and music in the Mediterranean area of the world. In February 2022, Tamara released her first album ‘Transibérica’ on Sony Music Portugal, produced by Javier Limón and Diogo Clemente, that reunites the two biggest influences of hers: the music of Spain and Portugal.
Halil Sezai was born on 16 August 1979 in Eskisehir, Turkey. He is an actor and composer, known for Incir Reçeli (2011), Söz (2017) and Çilek (2014).
NY GYPSY ALL-STARS
Comprised of classically-trained virtuosi coming from the world’s most prestigious music conservatories, the New York Gypsy All-Stars feel equally at home in traditional concert halls, jazz clubs, and on festival stages. The quintet of musicians is celebrated for their sophisticated and high-octane mix of music ranging from swinging salsa to pulsing bhangra which never loses its sharp musical focus and astounding technical abilities embodying the true spirit of their Gypsy namesakes.
With their unique blend of virtuosity and showmanship, the New York Gypsy All-stars perform everything from traditional world music to their own compositions and arrangements which highlight their diverse cultural backgrounds. Performing together in what can only be described as chamber music making of the highest order, the group has performed hundreds of concerts in presentations as varied as their genre-bending artistry.
The New York Gypsy All-Stars appear regularly in North and South America, Asia, Australia and throughout Europe at the invitation of prestigious concert halls and festivals such as Daniel Barenboim’s new Boulez Saal in Berlin, Konzerthaus Dortmund, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, Odeon Ankara, Balkan Trafik Festival Brussels, Music Meeting Nijmegen, Masala Weltbeat Festival Hannover, Sommer in Lesmona, and many more.
The All-Stars also appear with symphony orchestras and made their symphonic debut with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, one of Europe’s leading orchestras. Since then, a significant part of their touring calendar is on the concert stage with symphony orchestras all around the world.