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Cafe Antarsia Ensemble

The CAFE ANTARSIA ENSEMBLE plays "nouveau gypsy rock" with roots in Greek blues, Arabic percussion and Americana cabaret. CAE was created by Greek-Texan Nikos Brisco famous in Deep Ellum Dallas for fronting Fever in the Funkhouse--and Ruth Margraff whose radical operas have shaken the pillars of theaters all over the world. With master percussionist Rami El-Aasser, and Ron Riley’s rock-steady strum & Delta slide, CAE has been deeply inspired by Rroma/Gypsies such as Dragan Ristic and Svetozar Djula Milosavljevic (Juliano Milo) - the only prophecy they trust. Café Antarsia Ensemble's 1st album is represented by Innova Records and they have been touring all over the USA, Canada, UK, Russia, Romania, Serbia, Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Ireland, Greece, Turkey, Netherlands, Egypt and Azerbaijan; with awards from American Composers Forum, TCG/International Theater Institute, Trust for Mutual Understanding of NY, Arts International, JPMorgan Grant for Small Ensembles, Meet the Composer Global Connections, Fulbright Foundation: New Opera Award to Greece, etc.

featuring: Nikos Brisco: vocals, gypsy guitar, bouzouki

Ruth Margraff: lyrics, vocals, accortion

Ron Riley: guitar, slide

Rami El-Aasser: darbuka, frame drum, riq, & Egyptian percussion

Jason Toth: upright bass

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