Viva la Velvet! - An Eastern-European Throwdown

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Viva la Velvet! - An Eastern-European Throwdown

with Orchester Prazevica and the Baltimore Klezmer All Stars

FRI NOV 18 | 8PM
$18, $15 Members (+$3 service fee) | $10 Virtual Ticket


Come celebrate with us the anniversary of the fall of the Iron Curtain and get your pre-holiday work out on with a high energy battle of the bands as Danube Criminal Pop mavericks Orchester Praževica take on the Baltimore Klezmer All Stars.

About the Artists:
Orchester Prazevica

Under the direction of Slovak-born multi-instrumentalist and composer Tomáš Drgoň, Orchester Praževica delivers authentic and entertaining mix of fusion folklore and dance music - original material inspired by post-1989 musical developments in the Danube River basin region. Orchester Praževica has performed at several prestigious stages including the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington DC, Patterson Theater in Baltimore, The Drom in NYC, and shared stage with the Hungarian Gypsy folk supergroup Parno Graszt, the Romanian Gypsy brass legends Fanfare Ciocarlia, Boban and Marko Markovic Orchestra, and other greats on the "not so mainstream" music scene. 

Seth Kibel
Seth Kibel is one of the Mid-Atlantic’s premier woodwind specialists, working with some of the best bands in klezmer, jazz, swing, and more. Wowing audiences on clarinet, saxophone, and flute, Seth has made a name for himself in the Washington/Baltimore region, and beyond. He is the featured performer with The Kleztet, Bay Jazz Project, Music Pilgrim Trio, The Natty Beaux, and more. Winner of 28 Washington Area Music Awards (Wammies), including “Best World Music Instrumentalist” (2003-11) and “Best Jazz Instrumentalist” (2005, 2007-8, 2011-14). His most recent recording, "When You're Smiling," was released in 2018 on the Azalea City Recordings record label. His song "New Waltz" was the Grand Prize winner of 2016 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (MASC), sponsored by the Songwriters' Association of Washington (SAW). Michael Raitzyk is a longtime Baltimore guitarist and has been involved with many cool projects. One of those projects has been an immersion into the world of Klezmer music. As co-leader of Charm City Klezmer, Raitzyk arranged, composed, and led the ensemble for 15 years, including a monthly gig at the now defunct NYC jazz club Tonic. CCK was recorded on a compilation CD entitled “Live At The Tonic” on John Zorn’s Tzadik label

Michael Raitzyk
Raitzyk is a musician with some dream projects — a duo with internationally known vibraphonist Warren Wolf Jr. and a band with saxophonist Craig Alston playing music from The Police’s album, “Synchronicity.” Meanwhile, he has a jazz trio that plays weekly at two restaurants in Mt. Vernon. Klezmer has also been a part of Raitzyk’s work for decades. His interest in Jewish music was sparked by a concert by The Klezmatics, playing music from their first album, “Jews With Horns,” at the Baltimore Museum of Art. The Klezmatics put modern spins on traditional klezmer tunes, weaving in jazz, blues, and funk influences, and added their original tunes to the klezmer repertoire. “I had never heard anything like that,” Raitzyk said. Before long, Raitzyk formed the band Charm City Klezmer, with his then-wife Judith Geller on keyboard and vocals and her father, Max Geller, on clarinet. For the elder Geller, klezmer was the music of his youth in the Bronx. Over the next 20 years, the band became very popular in the Baltimore/Washington area."

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