Date: Thursday, May 17, 2018
Time: 7pm doors, 7:30pm show
Admission: $15-20 sliding scale
*Ticket availability at the door is limited and contingent on online sales.
Diaspora’s Red Poppy debut features an eclectic mix of music from Southern Europe and the Near East. Leah Sirkin, Steve Brock, and Tano Brock are the core members of this San Francisco family band. Special guests joining them are Faisal Zedan on Arabic drums, Mathew Harmon on oud/bouzouki, Panos Aivazidis on kanun, and the lovely Nicole Maria will dance.
Leah Sirkin — violin, vocals
Tano Brock — clarinet, oud, vocals
Steve Brock — tabla, kanjira
Faisal Zedan — darabuka, riqq, frame drums…
Mathew Harmon- oud, bouzouki
Panos Aivas- kanun
Nicole Maria — dance
Diaspora plays Sephardi music—music of the Jews of the Mediterranean—which has roots in the musical traditions of Medieval Spain. The soulful and lively songs in varied meters are sung in Ladino (Judeo-Spanish). Diaspora also performs tunes from Greece, Turkey, the Balkans, and Afghanistan.