Mzekala Balkan Ensemble

We have been together roughly 30 years. We meet weekly to practice and research. The current founder/director is Barb Whittlesey. We sing because the complex rhythms, modal scales, and close harmonies “speak” to us. We enjoy sharing our discoveries about the songs and traditions with our audiences. Many of our songs come from the dance song tradition which has expanded from the original localities to a world-wide folk dance community. The dances use a variety of unusual meters like 5/8 and 11/8. Our songs include both modern arrangements and older styles of part singing with very close harmonies.

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