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Planina – Songs of Eastern Europe | Performing Group

Planina is a group of 10-18 singers from the Denver-Boulder area who sing music from Eastern Europe, including songs from Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Macedonia, Romania, Russia, Serbia, and Ukraine, and Rom (Gypsy) traditions. Though mostly not of Eastern European heritage, we share a fascination with the varied musical styles and vocal techniques of these traditions. We sing many songs a cappella and also accompany ourselves on traditional instruments (balalaika, dumbek, hurdy-gurdy, riqq, tambura, tupan) as well as modern ones (accordion, mandolin, guitar).

Founded in 1988 as Planina Balkan Women’s Choir (“Planina” means “mountain” in the southern Slavic languages) and a mixed chorus since 1999, the group performs about 14 times per year — in concert, at festivals, at community centers, corporate and private parties, and more. The group has produced three CDs and a cookbook, and has taken three group trips to Bulgaria (1998 and 2005). Please visit our website, planina.org.

We are occasionally seeking new members; please contact us if you’d be interested in auditioning to sing with us.

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Julie Lancaster



Nov 2019

Saturday November 2nd 2019
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
The Avalon, Ballroom
6185 Arapahoe Rd
Boulder, CO 80303 United States

Venture West: 303-329-6242 - venturewestjim@gmail.com

Live music for folk dancing by SIX hot local bands specializing in tradJitional and contemporary music from Eastern Europe. Many of the dances are easy enough to learn on the spot. Not a dancer? Not a problem; the Avalon has plenty of room to sit and watch. The bands are: The Bitovniks, Barbelfish Balkan Band, Gora Gora Orkestar, Klezmerize, Planina - Songs of Eastern Europe and Sherefe. In Eastern Europe, live music and dancing are always accompanied by food . . . and…

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