Opium

by Sherefe

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Sherefe's first release of beautiful music from the Balkans and Mid East.

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released November 4, 2018

Sherefe is a group of musicians based in Boulder, CO, who play music from the Balkans and the Middle East. An ensemble varying in size from a trio to a small orchestra, they have been performing at concerts and dance parties in the western US since 1996. Sherefe (named after a Turkish drinking toast “to your honor”) dearly loves this music and devotes significant time and energy to it.

The repertoire consists of large numbers of Greek, Turkish and Arabic songs, as well as smaller numbers of Bulgarian, Macedonian, Bosnian, Rom, Albanian, Hebrew, Persian and Armenian pieces. Sherefe plays mixed repertoire shows, but also frequently plays entire evenings of songs from just one of the cultures mentioned for weddings, festivals, etc.

Core members include Jesse Manno on bouzouki, baglama, ud, flutes, vocals, and percussion, James Hoskins on cello, gadulka, zurna, and vocals, and Brett Bowen on doumbeks, frame drums, and tapan.

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James Hoskins Boulder, Colorado

James Hoskins is a multi-instrumentalist living in the foothills of Boulder, CO.  Primarily known for his use of the cello in a wide variety of genres, he also performs regularly for the band 'Sherefe' on the Bulgarian Gadulka, the Greek Bouzouki, and myriad other Greek and Turkish instruments. He has been a modern-dance accompanist for ~25 years utilizing cello, vocals, & percussion. ... more

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