True Life Trio weaves sumptuous vocal harmonies and sultry rhythms from Eastern Europe, the Americas & beyond. This innovative trio explores the creative possibilities of cross-fertilization of different traditions with unlikely timbres connecting Bulgaria to the Bayou.
TLT’s improvisation-laced repertoire includes original songs and folk tunes from far-flung lands such as Macedonia, Louisiana, Albania, Ukraine, Poland, Italy and Georgia. Featuring the powerful vocal talents of three dynamic performers whose musical collaboration was forged in Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble, the trio delves deep into a vast array of folk music, massaging and expanding the boundaries of these traditional styles to create its own unique sound.
The result is a sweet, sonic explosion that melts in the listener’s ear. Since its inception in 2010, TLT has enchanted audiences from the San Francisco Bay Area to the Pacific Northwest. Performances include the Berkeley Jewish Music Festival, The California Christmas Revels, the Berkeley World Music Festival and collaborations with Portland’s Aurora Chorus, The Knights of Revery, Edessa, MWE and NYC’s Black Sea Hotel. In 2014, True Life Trio was awarded a grant from the East Bay Community Foundation Fund for Artists to create a performance piece on memory. Inspired by this commissioned work, TLT released its first full-length recording, Like Never & Like Always in 2015.
Like Never & Like Always is a collaboration with instrumentalist Gari Hegedus and sound designer Eric Oberthaler. True Life Trio features Leslie Bonnett (voice, fiddle, percussion), Briget Boyle (voice, guitar, percussion), and Juliana Graffagna (voice, accordion, percussion).
"True Life Trio has created a unique musical journey...each song is a small auditory work of art meant to be intently listened to." - Ginger Murray, SF Weekly
Ghost Note Ensemble was founded in 2012 at Klezcalifornia's Yiddish Culture Festival. Since its inception, Ghost Note has sought to weave the musical threads of the Hungarian, Moldavian, Ukrainian, and Jewish folk traditions into a tuneful time-traveled tapestry, a requiem for borders of future past. A Ghost Note concert is then much like a musical tour through the times and places of our lost worlds, with the ghosts of song coming alive to dance and sing, in the fullest joy and sorrow, once again. Ghost Note Ensemble features Travis Hendrix on bass, Jack Hanley on mandolin, furulya, and poyk, Mattias Kaufmann on button accordion, and Joshua Laurenzi on fidl and furulya.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).
The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!
Irene Sazer has a fabulous new concert series held in her Berkeley studio. Each show benefits a social change organization and we are proud to be performing!
Doors at 7:00 PM, show at 7:30 PM
Address will be provided upon reservation
This show benefits 350.org - building a global climate movement!
5301 McKee Road, San Jose, CA
The Foothill Community Concert Series was created in 2000 as an expression of Foothill Presbyterian Church's belief that music is a great spiritual gift! Within each season's line-up, you will find a variety of musical genres---classical, early music, world, folk, and bluegrass.
Children 12 and under are always free.
Admission to all concerts includes a post-concert reception.
Don't miss this very intimate concert with True Life Trio and the incredible Iron Henry!
The Octopus Literary Salon is located in Oakland's Uptown and is near the 19th Street BART station. Please note that this show will start and end on time (7-9 PM) as there is another act coming on after us.
No cover charge - tips appreciated!!
We are thrilled to be heading to the Northwest on September 15 for some performances and singing workshops (details below). Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions, and please spread the word!
SEATTLE, WA: Thursday, September 15, 7:00-9:00 pm
Balkan Singing Workshop with TLT
Phinney Center, Room #36
6532 Phinney Ave N., Seattle, WA
Contact: email@example.com to reserve a spot
BELLEVUE, WA: Friday, September 16, ~12:00 Noon
TLT Live on KBCS, 91.3 FM
PORTLAND, OR: Saturday, September 17, 1:00-3:00 PM
Balkan Singing Workshop with TLT
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations and directions
PORTLAND, OR: Saturday, September 17, 6:30 PM potluck, 7:30 PM show
Abbie Weisenbloom Presents
House Concert with TLT
RSVP for reservations and directions: email@example.com, (503) 233-4945
$15-20 suggested donation
Concert Streaming: http://www.concertwindow.com/abbiewpresents
ASTORIA, OR: Sunday, September 18, 1:30-3:30 PM
Balkan Singing Workshop
1017 Marine Drive, Astoria, OR
$25 ($38 for workshop + concert)
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ASTORIA, OR: Sunday, September 18, 7:00 PM doors, 7:30 PM show
True Life Trio in Concert
1017 Marine Drive, Astoria, OR
$18 ($38 for workshop + concert)
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Join True Life Trio and Gari Hegedus for this unique musical experience at the legendary Fantasy Studios in Berkeley. Doors, drinks, and mingling at 7:30 PM, listening at 8:00 PM.
What is a listening party? Lush, cinematic and evocative, Like Never & Like Always was designed as a full-immersion sonic experience best enjoyed in sequence from beginning to end (call us old-fashioned…). At this party, we will gather in the studio and listen to the album in its entirety. (There will be chairs but feel free to bring your own cushion if you want to lounge on the floor). True Life Trio and Gari Hegedus will then round out the evening with some live music.
ABOUT LIKE NEVER & LIKE ALWAYS
This exciting album is the culmination of a live performance and recording project commissioned by the East Bay Community Foundation Fund for Artists. True Life Trio and multi-instrumentalist/composer Gari Hegedus have created a dreamlike soundscape of stunning open-voice harmonies, elemental modal music and vivid poetry from Eastern Europe and the Balkans, and inspired original music. Co-produced by sound designer/composer Eric Oberthaler, this ambitious album is a heartful and intriguing musical odyssey that traces a life journey in reverse, touching on universal themes of childhood, marriage, migration, war and death.
Space is very limited. RSVP by email - firstname.lastname@example.org
We will provide the address upon receiving your RSVP.
7:00 PM - Mingling, laughter, finger food, 8:00 PM - Concert!
$10 per person contribution requested for the musicians.
Kids welcome! Please bring food or drink to share.
Save the date - this is going to be an awesome show! Come celebrate the pre-release of our new CD "Like Never and Like Always".
9:00 doors, 9:30 show
$10-15 sliding scale
Marika Kuzma directs the University Choruses in a holiday concert featuring Ukrainian Christmas and Epiphany Carols from Folk and Classical Traditions. Special guests Yara Arts Group from New York City, Virlana Tkacz, director, including world-renowned folk musician Julian Kytasty; True Life Trio (Bay Area ensemble whose musical bond was forged in Kitka); and very special guests, Hutsul Musicians (Koliadnyky Winter Song Singers) from the legendary Carpathian Mountains of Ukraine.
Tickets required: $16, $12 other students, seniors, current & retired Berkeley staff & faculty, groups of 10 or more, $5 UC Berkeley students (student ID required)
Ticket info: Buy tickets by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing email@example.com.
Event Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, 510-642-4864
Folk and Classical Traditions
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The Honey Whiskey Trio explores harmony in folk, bluegrass and any melody that catches the ear. Through their powerful, yet sweet harmonies, body percussion, haunting melodies and vitality on stage, Honey Whiskey Trio captivates and moves audiences.
True Life Trio performs riveting vocal harmonies from Eastern Europe, the Americas & beyond. This innovative trio explores the creative possibilities of cross-fertilization of different traditions with unlikely timbres connecting Bulgaria to the Bayou. Along with Brooklyn-based Black Sea Hotel, affectionately dubbed a “punk rock version of Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares,” prepare for blast-off in a ship fueled by the human voice.