Slavic and Eurasian Studies

Concert and Panel Discussion Yuri Yunakov's Romani Wedding Band

Fri, October 12, 2007 | Jessen Auditorium (Homer Rainey Hall, 21st St. at University Ave.), Austin

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

8 pm Panel Discussion:
"Nomads are Made, Not Born: Romani Musical Lives in Bulgaria, Kosovo and Turkey"
Yuri Yunakov, director and professional musician
Sani Rifati, director, Voice of Roma
Prof. Sonia Seeman, University of Texas, Austin

9 pm Concert featuring Yuri Yunakov's Romani Wedding Band
Yuri Yunakov (saxophone)
Selaidin Sal Mamudoski (clarinet)
Erhan Umer (keyboard)
Rumen Sali Shopov (percussion)

Yuri Yunakov (saxophone) pioneered "Bulgarian Romani Wedding Music" along with Ivo Papazov and Neshko Neshev in the 1970s and was then catapulted to international fame. Yuri Yunakov, a self taught virtuoso saxophonist, immigrated to New York City in 1994 and formed his own band, the Yunakov Ensemble in 1995. Yunakov has toured extensively in the U.S, as well as recording three Traditional Crossroads CDs. Yuri's self identification as a Romani musician has positively contributed to non-Romani audience awareness in a way that counteracts stereotypes about "Gypsies".

This tour is organized by Voice of Roma under the leadership of Sani Rifati. Voice of Roma is a Romani non-profit organization that founded dedicated to educating audiences about the music and culture of the Romani people through the "Romani Routes" program.

Event co-sponsored by The Humanities Institute, Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, and the School of Music at the University of Texas, Austin.

Questions: contact Sonia Seeman 471-2857 or 372-4097

Sponsored by: Humanities Institute, CREEES, UT School of Music

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