Xopo plays traditional dance music from the Balkans in many styles on clarinet, accordion, trombone, acoustic string bass, various drums, as well as a large array of plucked stringed instruments. Captivating vocals round out the sound of this exhilarating dance music from Bulgaria, Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia, Greece, Albania and beyond.
"Xopo" is the Cyrillic spelling of the Bulgarian word "Horo" meaning "dance". Their Americanized pronunciation "zo-po", reflects their identity as Americans, passionate to be playing music from the Balkans, to which they bring their own native influences.
This kind of community dancing has played an important social role in many parts of the world over a span of centuries, just one reason why it has survived this long. The intoxicating music is another reason for its longevity. Xopo's goal is to help perpetuate this life enhancing experience of music and dance into future generations.
Becky Ashenden - Accordion
Chuck Corman - Trombone, Tambura, & Accordion
Addie Holland - Clarinet & Vocals
Gawain Thomas - Accordion
Annie Guion - Vocals & Percussion
Barbara Blumenthal - Tambura
Joe Blumenthal - Bass