Table Songs Festival
An evening of feasting and music
Friday and Saturday, November 16 and 17, 2018
6pm doors, 7pm feast, singing until midnight!
From the production team that brought you Ederlezi Balkan Brass Festival, Opa Tsupa, Mariachi-Trubachi, and other epic community events, Slivovica Productions, Caravan World Rhythms, and Transformation Projects are proud to present:
* TABLE SONGS FESTIVAL *
Inspired by “Supra”, the Georgian tradition of gathering around a feast table and participating in folk songs, music, and dance, we will bring this experience to Vancouver showcasing four cultures’ different ways of celebrating life.
This event featured four groups from cultures that have a tradition of singing around a table while enjoying food and drink placed throughout the room. The music groups took turns in leading songs, a capella or with musical accompaniment.
Onefourfive (Seattle) – Georgian tradition
To headline the event and celebrate the inspiration for this event, we welcome the Georgian polyphonic singing group “onefourfive”, in their premiere Canadian performance. They demonstrated Georgian folk dancing, truly one of the most spectacular dance traditions in the world:
Zlatna Mountain (Vancouver) – South Slavic tradition
The vocal harmony quartet “Zlatna Mountain” with special guests presented songs from Macedonia and surrounding areas.
Princeton Porch Party (Princeton) – English tradition
Jon Bartlett and Rika Ruebsaat led an ensemble of singers and musicians from across the pacific northwest to showcase English sea shanties, pub songs, and other traditional genres.
Forrás Banda (Vancouver/Seattle) – Hungarian Tradition
Peasant folk music from Hungary and Transylvania played on violins, violas, double-bass and cimbalom. Guest dancers and singers joined Forrás Banda in traditional “Asztali Nóták” (table songs). http://www.ForrasBanda.com
Other features of the events:
-Georgian Feast catered by Lamajoun restaurant and Mediterranean Specialty Foods.
– Cash bar by Transformation Projects, with high quality wines and draft beer
– Sausages by JN&Z Deli
– Georgian singing and dancing workshops on Saturday afternoon, led by Onefourfive.