To mark the historical breakthrough that, more than a century ago, on December 1 1918, brought all Romanian provinces together in one, unified state, join us for an evening of exceptional music featuring Taraf de Chicago, a multinational ensemble fronted by Romanian-American singer and visual artist Ana Everling, best known for their original arrangements that invest singalong Romanian folk melodies with American tonalities to create an electrifying musical melting pot. Formed in Chicago in 2019, Taraf de Chicago sprang out of Ana Everling's love for Romanian folklore - carols, merry songs, wedding laments, doinas, dance music, children tunes, infused with tales, riddles, proverbs and old sayings predominantly from Ana's homeland - Bessarabia. While the basic scores are Romanian melodies, the instrumentation brings a strong American influence, replacing the traditional cimbalom with the banjo, the accordion with the piano and electric guitar, and adding instruments like clarinet, saxophone or various percussion instruments.
Traditional Romanian music with contemporary, New World music arrangements by Ana Everling and Taraf de Chicago.
Ana Everling - vocals, percussion, guitar
Olya Prohorova - violin, vocals
Adrien Chevalier - violin
Patrick Donley - guitar, banjo, piano, vocals, percussion
Alex Brescanu - whistle, caval, vocals
Kitt Lyles - bass, vocals