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August 16, 2015

3:00 PM at the
Stamford United Methodist Church
88 Main St, Stamford NY Calendar General Info Contact FoM Donate Founders & VIPs Concert Archive

Photo of Tavche Gravche

Tavche Gravche (left, to right): Daniel Ori, bass; Dan Nadel, guitar and Vasko Dukovski, clarinet. Guest artist Satoshi Takeishi, percussion is not in the photo.

Coming to Stamford from the melting pot of New York City, Tavche Gravche merges haunting Macedonian and Mediterranean melodies, both traditional and original with dynamic improvisational elements while maintaining the explosive dance-able rhythms and energy of Balkan music. They perform "Balkan-gypsy-flamenco-jazz fusion at its finest" according to trumpeter Frank London.

"Tavche gravche" is a traditional stew-like bean dish of Macedonia, located in the Balkan peninsula of Southeastern Europe and the birthplace of clarinetist Vasko Dukovski. This is Mr. Dukovski's third performance for Friends of Music and we are very happy to welcome back this versatile and talented artist, this time to play a non-classical program which we got a taste of in 2011 when he performed with one of his other groups, the Grneta Ensemble. Vasko Dukovski is a concert performer dedicated to breathing new life into the music of his roots.

Steeped in both jazz and flamenco, Israeli-born guitarist Dan Nadel provides the fiery textural and harmonic palette for the band's music. Jazz bassist Daniel Ori, also from Israel, is the group's founder, and his prominent sound is its foundation. Tavche Gravche pushes the boundaries of this unique blend of cultures, rhythms and colors to become an all-encompassing adventure for the listener.

In May 2014 Tavche Gravche released its debut album Our Village, which featured special guests acclaimed clarinetist Ismail Lumanovski [who appeared in Stamford with Grneta Ensemble in 2011], and world-renowned trumpeter Frank London. The group has performed at venues including Caramoor Center for the Arts, City Winery NYC, Drom NYC, the JCC in Manhattan, NY Sephardic Music Festival, and a center stage concert at New York City's annual Balkan Festival.

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August 16, 2015

Tavche Gravche

Vasko Dukovski, clarinet
Dan Nadel, guitar
Daniel Ori, bass
with guest Satoshi Takeishi, percussion.

A Sonic Journey Through the East


Turli Tava

Traditional Macedonian,
Arr. Tavche Gravche



Daniel Ori


Zapeala Angelina

Traditional Macedonian,
Arr. Tavche Gravche



Vasko Dukovski


In My Mind

Daniel Ori

— Intermission —


More Than a Fisherman

Vasko Dukovski


Black Nile

Traditional Turkish,
Arr. Tavche Gravche



Daniel Ori


Our Village

Traditional Macedonian,
Arr. Tavche Gravche

Admission is at the door by suggested donation of $12 for adults, $6 for senior citizens and students and anyone under 13 years of age is admitted at no charge. For complete details see our General Information page.

All Friends of Music are extremely grateful for the generous matching grant provided by the A. Lindsay and Olive B. O'Connor Foundation in support of this particular concert. Thank you to all of our donors and especially to the Robinson-Broadhurst Foundation for your generous support which makes our entire season possible.

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