AAFFM Presents: Tom Eure & Amelia Osborne and Balalaika Fantasie
December 17 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST$8 – $10
TOM EURE & AMELIA OSBORNE
The folk duo of Tom Eure & Amelia Osborne offer up a heartfelt fusion of Celtic, Appalachian and spiritual influences that instantly has listeners tapping their toes and singing along. The pair believe in the power of music and art, often combining the two into programming designed to inspire creativity, community and justice. These Charlotte NC music and art scene veterans swirl together fiddles, banjos, mandolins, guitars, bodhráns, and rousing vocal harmonies, painting a musical picture that’s fresh and up-lifting. No Depression Magazine said their music “…comes off as the result of genuine artists pouring old wine into new bottles and making listeners believe.”
With a professional musician pedigree in Cajun, Celtic, Old Time, Rock, Gospel, and Americana, Tom & Amelia create a sound that is new yet familiar, risky yet comfortable, with that rare ability to shine a light on the heart. For this special Fiddlers Green December show expect fun and up-lifting tunes from their Christmas album, A Promise Of Hope (2019) which stands as a timeless celebration of the season.
The five musicians of Balalaika Fantasie draw their inspiration from their life-long passion for Slavic folk music and their diverse cultural backgrounds. Performing on authentic folk instruments, the Atlanta group’s repertoire includes Slavic, Ukrainian, Gypsy and Jewish folk music.
Angelina Galashenkova-Reed (domra) has toured the world as a soloist with the Andreyev Russian Folk Orchestra of St. Petersburg, performing with them at Carnegie Hall’s 100th anniversary. A virtuoso of the three-string domra, she is a winner of the prestigious “Cup of the North” competition, and holds the title of “Laureate of International Competitions of Professional Folk Artists.”
David C. Cooper (balalaika, domra, vocals) has been recognized by Slavic virtuosi for his artistry as a balalaika soloist. Pennsylvania-born, Mr. Cooper is an authority on Slavic folk instruments (he plays them all), studied conducting and performance at the Glier Institute of Kyiv, Ukraine, and is the artistic director and conductor of the Atlanta Balalaika Society Orchestra.
Gregory Carageorge has been a professional contrabass balalaika and string bass player for over 30 years, performing in numerous ethnic music groups such as the Berkeley, CA based Klezmorim and Troika Balalaikas, The Massenkoff Folk Festival, and several very popular touring Greek folk music bands. He was the leader of the house band at New York’s Russian Tea Room, and has appeared with numerous folk, bluegrass, and jazz ensembles.
Natalia Rezvan (tenor domra), before immigrating to the United States in 2008, was concert master for the Folk Instruments Orchestra in Kharkiv, Ukraine. She was a member of that orchestra for 29 years and served as concertmaster for the last 7 years under the direction of Valentina Nikolayevna Belenkaya.
Kiril Chernoff (alto balalaika, prima balalaika, and vocals) grew up playing prima balalaika with the Atlanta Balalaika Society Orchestra since age 13. He studied balalaika under various professionals both here in Atlanta, Georgia as well as in Kirov, and in his birthplace of St Petersburg.
All musicians of Balalaika Fantasie are members of the Atlanta Balalaika Society Orchestra.