Weekend of Balkan and Eastern European music and dance descends on NYC (Multimedia Content)

by Zlatko Filipović • @zfilipov

Saturday, January 16, 2016

NEW YORK CITY —An explosion of traditional Balkan and Eastern European melodies and dance is taking over New York City this weekend.

Not only is the 31st annual Zlatne Uste Golden Festival underway in Brooklyn, but New Yorkers are also in for a rare treat as the Nightingale Trio kicks off a series of performances around the city. (Scroll below for multimedia from the group’s performance in Brooklyn on Friday (1/15) night)

The group is made up of three young women: Rachel LaViola, Sarah Larsson and Nila Bala. They are all former members of the Yale Slavic Chorus, where they met. You can also catch the Yale Slavic Chorus during Saturday’s (1/16) Zlatne Uste Golden Festival.

Also performing Saturday (1/16) night will be the New York-based female vocal ensemble Rosa, who perform traditional music from Serbia and other parts of the Balkans. I highlighted Rosa a few months ago here.

For the complete schedule of Saturday’s (1/16) bands and groups at Zlatne Uste Golden Festival, go here.

Today, each member of the Nightingale Trio lives in a different part of the U.S. and they occasionally reunite to share with the world their love and passion for this type of music.

On their website, the group describes itself as “village harmonies, birdsong lullabies, and moonlit round dances; black cherries and plum brandy. Singing songs of love, war, and blooming fields, the Nightingale Trio transports and enchants audiences from Dallas to Dubrovnik.”

The first show took place Friday (1/15) night at Brooklyn’s charming Jalopy Theatre and School of Music. The group not only performed more than a dozen songs, but also told stories behind each one, in a fun, relaxed and humorous way.

Here’s the list of the remaining shows.

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(Note: still photos and videos from the Nightingale Trio performances in New York this week have been shot by Zlatko Filipović with permission of the group)