Oktoberfest 2017 staff

Alex Marković, teaching Serbian and Romani dances: Alex has researched, performed, and taught folk dances from Serbia and Greece for the past 10 years. He also enjoys playing Balkan percussion on the tapan/goč drum, tarabuka (Turkish-style darbuka/doumbek), and def (frame drum). His specialties include Serbian music and dance traditions of southeastern Serbia and Kosovo, and Romani dance traditions and drumming styles from southern Serbia, Kosovo, and Macedonia. His research in Vranje, Serbia allowed him to conduct in-depth fieldwork on dance in both the Romani and Serb communities of the area.

Music by Orkestar Banitsa, directed by Becky Ashenden (accordion, percussion), with Barbara Blumenthal (tambura), Joe Blumenthal (string bass), Addie Rose Holland (clarinet), and Gawain Thomas (accordion); plus guests Ralph Iverson (violin, gadulka, saxophone, flute, tambura, kaval), Julia Poirier (guitar, vocals), David Skidmore (percussion, clarinet, kaval, whistle, vocals), and Patrick Yacono (clarinet, kaval, gajda, vocals)