Ancien is a world fusion band that blends sounds of Balkan, Klezmer, Gypsy, Medieval, Sephardic, Flamenco, Blues, Turkish folk, Middle Eastern and Classical music traditions. Primary instrumentation consist of Accordion , Violin , Up Right Bass and Darabuka ( Egyptian hand drum ) . We often include guest musicians when available for a fuller richer Eastern sound .
Playing traditional and original songs from Eastern Europe, Middle East and Medieval era. Performances typically include lively Arabic percussion piece ,drum solos and belly dances .
Performing as a Duo , Trio , Quartet & Quintet with Belly Dancer if Requested.
Price Range: $300 to $2000
Gig Length: 30 - 180 minutes
What to Expect
Up lifting, Moving ,Passionate and Unique experience.
Band members consist of Karen Richards and Billy Crocker, Barb Thorne (darbuka, recorder, cello, and vocals), Chris Pavelko (upright bass, frame drums, riq).
Guest Members :Trumpet -Brandon , Darbuka - Erich Reith. , Tabla -Josh Sherman,
THE BAND - How we came together - Karen and Billy started playing piano, violin, and guitar duets together 5 years ago in the Ohio Univeristy Music Building in Athens .One of their early originals, featuring Karen on the kemenche, became their "title track" and first name of the band, "The Mean Dark Gypsies". The song was a hit amongst the dancers we performed with and eventually was featured on the metal band "Forces of Nature"'s CD release of 2014. Karen and Billy both have a strong interest in Arabic drumming and music which led them to attend Raquy Danziger's workshops both here in the US and in the Middle East. Through Raquy, they met Barbara Thorne, who is a skilled dumbek player and multi instrumentalist. The three attend the medieval festival Pennsic where they furthered their musical skills with musicians like Carmine Guida, Melissa Murphy of Ishtar, and Al Cofrin of Istanpitta. Traditional Turkish folk songs like Hijaz Mandira and Rompi Rompi are still a part of the band's set list. In recent years, Ancien has expanded its repertoire to include the Gypsy Roma genre, and features songs like the Hungarian traditional Amari Czi and original compositions like Brown Cow and Marianka.
|Billy Crocker||Accordion , Spanish guitar , Darbuka|
|Karen Richards||Violin , Kemenche ( Persian Spike Fiddle )|
|Chris Pavelko||Stand up Bass , Frame drums , Riq|
|Barbara Thron Kale||Dumbeck , Recorder, Viola|
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