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Teslim, Berkeley, CA, Dec 2

Second Show added due to popular demand! Saturday, December 2 at 2:00 PM

Teslim - Kaila Flexer and Gari Hegedus
A Concert of Greek, Turkish and Middle Eastern music

Concert begins at 2:00PM. Please RSVP soon, to reserve a seat for this concert. Suggested donation $15 per person. This is a house party, and we can only seat about 35 people. Please call 510-540-6667 and leave a message indicating number of people in your party.

Doors open 30 minutes before show starts.
www.cowart.com/concerts for a map.

You are cordially invited to join us for an early December concert featuring Teslim (pronounced TesLEEM) which means both 'commit' and 'surrender' in Turkish. This potent duo features violinist Kaila Flexer and Gari Hegedus on various (mostly plucked) strings including Turkish saz, Iraqi oud, Greek lauto and hand drums. This will be a rich and varied evening, off the beaten path of European chamber music concerts I have offered here in the past. The repertoire of Teslim includes original compositions inspired by the fertile musical traditions of Greece, Turkey and the Middle East as well as transportative traditional melodies from these same places -- songs that reach back hundreds of years.

Kaila Flexer, violin, viola
Kaila Flexer is a violinist, composer, producer and Artistic Director of Worldview Cultural Performances, an Oakland-based non-profit arts organization. She is best-known locally for having founded and produced Klezmer Mania!, a much-loved annual Bay Area event for over 10 years (1989-2002). She has been at the helm of bands such as Third Ear, Next Village and Kaila Flexer's Fieldharmonik, ensembles that feature Flexer's original material. As a composer, her work reflects her deep respect for folk music, while showcasing her ability to forge new and expansive musical landscapes. She has performed both nationally internationally with her own ensembles as well as with groups including The Hollis Taylor-Kaila Flexer Duo , The Flexer-Marshall Duo, Club Foot Orchestra, The Composer's Cafeteria, The Bay Area Jazz Composer's Orchestra and KITKA (Bulgarian Women's Vocal Ensemble). She has recorded two CD's of original music for Compass Records (Nashville) to critical acclaim.

Gari Hegedus: oud, saz, lauto, violin, viola
Gari Hegedus plays violin and viola as well as a variety of stringed instruments from Greece and Turkey including laouto, oud, saz and hand drums. In addition to playing in Teslim, he also performs with world music group Stellamara (www.stellamara.com) and Persian vocalist Hamed Nikpay. He has studied with oud master Naseer Shamma and has recorded and performed with Ross Daly. He has toured with the Mevlevi Dervishes (Sufi) Order of America and continues to participate in Turkish ceremonial and devotional gatherings around the country.

The sooner you RSVP, the better your seat. Earlier RSVPs secure seats closer to the musicians.

Directions From Rt 80: Take the University Ave exit. Travel East towards campus until the road T's into Oxford. Take a left. Go three lights to Cedar. Right turn on Cedar. Go to first light, Euclid Ave. Turn left. Go one block to Buena Vista Road and turn right. Go one block, to stop sign at LeRoy. Go left. Travel two blocks until you see a wacky intersection with four streets coming together. Look for Shasta Road and turn right onto it. Go 1/4 mile and look for 2692 Shasta and park on the street.

Bob’s Hillside Concerts is a private, by-invitation, in-the-home concert series. It is not a commercial enterprise. The space is provided by the home owner free of charge.

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