Less than a week to go until Balkan Night. I’m a bit nervous because it will be the debut of our new and improved ensemble. We’ve had a bit of turnover in the last year. Three of the five members of our band are new: Mike the drummer, B the clarinet player, and K the accordion player. We haven’t had as much time to learn the music as I would have liked, and I think we’re still a tiny bit green. Overall, however, we’ve managed to create a pretty authentic sound. Authentic in this case means an ouzo-soaked bash a lá Lesbos. Νά ζήσει η Μυτιλήνη μάς!
The only problem is that because of geography, we weren’t able to rehearse with our guitarist (my cousin), so he won’t be sitting in with us for this gig. As a result, Joe will be playing guitar instead of oud, which isn’t as much fun for him. We’re kind of desperate to find a guitarist who lives close enough to rehearse weekly. So if anyone reading this blog is interested in playing guitar for a Greek folk ensemble and lives in the Boston area, or knows of some such person, please let me know.
Ελάτε νά χορέψετε!