January 12, 2023

Meet the Band

with Gogofski

7:00 - 8:30pm EDT

online via Zoom

$10 is suggested but any amount is appreciated. Donations support these events, leaders and musicians, and the Folk Arts Center.

About the Presentation

Join us for a chat with Gogofski, a Boston-area Balkan ensemble. We’ll explore the musicians’ personal journeys and experiences with Balkan music, learn the history of the band, and listen to them play some tunes. You’ll have plenty of opportunity to ask questions, and certainly there will be entertaining stories along the way.

About Gogofski

Gogofski has been playing music of the Balkans for 20 years, from the complex dance rhythms of Macedonia to the heart-wrenching Sevdah song tradition of Bosnia. Gogofski plays for a dance evening the way it was done in the old country: the musicians on the floor playing right in front of the dancers, while a Gogofski club evening includes comic songs and intimate ballads, both traditional and modern. The members of Gogofski are: David Golber, Henry Goldberg, Kasia Sokalla, and Gawain Thomas. More information on their homepage.

About the Band Members

  • Kasia Sokalla studied voice in her native Poland, and graduated with honors from the Berklee School of Music.
  • Gawain Thomas comes from a musical family, and began playing accordion at an early age. He has studied for years with Bulgarian maestro Ivan Milev, and is well-known on the Boston Balkan music scene.
  • David Golber has been playing Balkan-style clarinet for decades. He speaks Macedonian, and has studied in the Republic of Macedonia with Risto Krapovski, Bajsa Arifovska and others.
  • Henry Goldberg is a true master of the Balkan drum tapan. When the Bulgarian group Kabile came on tour to Boston, they were traveling without a tapan player. Henry stepped in and played with them, seamlessly and completely in style.