Spring 2017
From the Editor

Finding time to read the good stuff.

By Julie Lancaster

We know you’re inundated with information—especially this year, as the national and international news brings ever more amazing, or appalling, things to read about. But we know our community’s interest in the music and dance we study runs deep. Continue Reading

New and Notable

Blato Zlato: Swamp Gold

By Kef Times Staff, Spring 2017


Blato Zlato (“Swamp Gold” in Bulgarian) is a New Orleans-based Balkan band featuring close three-part vocal harmonies and hard-hitting instrumentals.

Formed in 2015, the band performs folk and composed music from the Balkans and Eastern Europe, with a particular focus on Bulgarian songs and improvisational, dreamy, full-energy arrangements.

Their debut album, Swamp Gold, features traditional Bulgarian and Eastern European melodies interpreted through languid, dark arrangements and improvisational continuous transitions.

Lou Carrig – accordion, vocals, Ian Cook – violin, Annalisa Kelly – vocals, Pete Olynciw – upright bass, Ruby Ross – vocals, Boyanna Trayanova – percussion.

$15 or $10 digital at Bandcamp. Blato Zlato website

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