Date(s) - 04/09/2015
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
House Concert, Loretta and Tony
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Special House Concert of Turkish music
Thursday, April 9, 2015 – 8:00pm
Suggested Donation: $10 – $15 (cash only)
The concert will be hosted by Loretta Kelley and Tony LaGreca.
Loretta Kelley and Tony La Greca
Takoma Park, MD 20912
Since space is somewhat limited please email or phone your reservations to:
Judy Barlas :301-802-7750
Turkish and Rumeli music by way of Brooklyn, NY
Celebrating the release of their debut album “Our House”
With Dolunay, three leading figures of the contemporary Brooklyn music scene create a vital new sound rooted in the Ottoman traditions of Rumeli, the Balkan region of the Ottoman Empire. This has long been a geography famous for its rich diversity — for centuries Turks, Greeks, Roma (gypsies), Sephardic Jews, Orthodox Slavs, Vlachs, Albanians and a multitude of other groups participated in the creation of a multi-cultural society at the crossroads of East and West.
While Dolunay pays tribute to the cosmopolitanism of the Ottoman Balkans, the ensemble also captures the intimacy of the region’s timeless songs and melodies. These are songs about people’s homes, their families and lovers, their villages, overcoming life’s familiar challenges — the every-day things that create a sense of identity against the backdrop of history and the sweep of the mountains.
Through vibrant renderings of maqam-based melodies (akin to Western scales, makam are the modal building blocks of Turkish music), Dolunay creates a unique musical soundscape of their very own. This is music that could only be created in Brooklyn, and now we can share in the bounty– the doors of “Our House” are open and all are welcome inside.
Dolunay is: Jenny Luna – voice, percussion; Adam Good – ud, tambura ; Eylem Basaldi – violin
For additional information and to hear tracks from Dolunay:
Parking: Watch out for the non-obvious no-parking sign in neighbor’s yard two houses to the left. Street parking limited; best bet is Eastern Ave. near Walnut. Takoma Metro station is 12-minute walk. OK to park behind car on the left hand side of driveway (not right hand side, that’s the neighbors’).
From the Northeast: Beltway to New Hampshire Ave. exit 28B south towards Takoma Park, travel about 3.5 miles past Piney Branch, past University Avenue (major intersection). Turn right at signal at Ethan Allen Ave., (410, also called East-West Hwy) (there is a U-Haul on the corner). If you reach Eastern Ave. you’ve gone too far. On Ethan Allen, travel about 1.1 miles, past the fire station at lighted intersection with Philadelphia Ave. *** Pass Savory Cafe on left where road bends gently to right. Where road bends gently back to left, make sharp downhill left turn onto Westmoreland Ave. (Watch for it–just 0.3 mi from Phila Ave and fire station–if you reach Laurel Ave. where there’s a clock tower in the middle of the street, you missed it.) Westmoreland narrows at the end of the 1st long block–keep going straight. #6807 is 4th house on the left in 2nd block–it’s yellow, with a turquoise rocker on the front porch.
From the Northwest: Beltway to Georgia Ave. South (Exit 31B, MD 97), go south toward Silver Spring. Travel about 2 miles. When you see a railroad overpass ahead, turn left at light onto Sligo Ave. Turn right at 1st light onto Fenton St. Then left at 1st light onto Philadelphia Ave., which is aka 410 and East-West Hwy. (Note for mapreaders: you cannot turn left from Georgia Ave. onto Philadelphia Ave.) Stay on Philadelphia Ave. about 1.3 miles to end at T-intersection across from Takoma Park Volunteer Fire Dept. building. Turn right onto Carroll Ave. and continue from *** above.
From DC: Travel north on convenient street (16th st, 13th st, etc.). Get onto Piney Branch Rd. Pass Georgia Ave., pass Blair Rd. Turn right on Philadelphia (410, East-West Hwy). Turn right at T-intersection (Takoma Park Volunteer Fire Dept. building) onto Carroll Ave. Continue from *** above.
From the West (Bethesda, Chevy Chase, etc): Get on 410 (East-West Hwy), follow directions as above.
From the East (Hyattsville, etc.): Get on 410 (East-West Hwy), follow directions as above.
From Virginia: Safest is to take the Beltway to Georgia then follow directions for From the Northwest unless you are very familiar with DC.
In the event you get lost en route please contact Loretta or Tony at 301-270-4925