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The Space Between

by Janam

American Balkan Blend
Genre: World: Balkan
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1. Nida
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2. Into the Night
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3. Lume & Cock Robin
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4. Safi's Syrto
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5. Isn't It a Shame
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6. To Aloghaki Ti Nikhtias
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7. Lady Gay
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8. Pino Krasi Ke Dhe Metho
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9. Pare Me Nikhta
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10. Pincushion Waltz
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"The Space Between" is the second release by the Oakland-based group Janam. The album includes a mix of colorful originals by band members Juliana Graffagna and Gari Hegedus, and gorgeous traditional and new folk songs from Crete, Romania and the Appalachians.

“An innovative ensemble that explores a dizzying range of styles, from Appalachia and Asia Minor to Eastern Europe. They play swirling, hard-driving music that always seems to end up in unexpected places.”
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

Janam (My Soul) blends Balkan and American roots and original music, creating rapturous acoustic textures, whirling rhythms and stunning vocal harmonies. Led by Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble veteran vocalist and music director Juliana Graffagna, Janam unites some of the Bay Area's most playful and imaginative devotees of Balkan, Near Eastern music and Appalachian music, who weave together Eastern exoticism, gritty mountain melodies and their own colorful compositions.
Formed in 2008, the group is a tight-knit ensemble of talented multi-instrumentalists who create a unique sonic landscape of crystalline strings, dissonant vocal harmonies and sultry rhythms. Janam has garnered recognition throughout California and the Northwest, playing to mesmerized audiences and frenzied folk dancers in venues as diverse as Yoshi’s San Francisco, UC Santa Barbara Multicultural Center, Café du Nord, Ashkenaz and the de Young Museum.
Janam proves that the foothills of the Balkans and the Appalachians lie in Oakland. The group’s funky meters, bittersweet modes, driving tunes, and sultry ballads invoke the nightingales and dark eyes, the hot love and cold hollows of Europe and America’s most musical mountains.

Janam features:
Juliana Graffagna ~ vocals, accordion
Dan Auvil ~ percussion, kaval
Tom Farris ~ laouto, guitar, accordion
Gari Hegedus ~ oud, saz, mandocello, violin
Lila Sklar ~ violin, vocals

The Space Between features performances by guest musicians Dan Cantrell (bells, throat singing), Eric Perney (bass) and Myles Boisen (lap steel guitar).



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Toby Brothers

Celebration of the sharp edges through sultry sounds
American Balkan blend? The epithet does refer me to any expected sound-- and this is in part what is so delicious about this music: fresh, incomparable and so exquisite. Even within one song, we slide from the ecstatic vocal heights of 'Lume' to the poignancy of loss in 'Cock Robin'-- my throat tightens although the sweet strains mean I am too caught by the loveliness of sound to give into the trieste weaving into the words and delicate despair of the notes. I listen to this cd daily-- approaching meditation for me-- and it soothes my soul. Everyone who has heard it has been enamoured-- this CD offers musical rapture. I can't wait for the next offering from Janam....
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