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Next up for The m9, our sixth visit to Balkan Night Northwest, marking our fifth anniversary here in Seattle. March 9th, Vlado Pupinoski and his fabulous band from Chicago will headline the event. He’ll be immediately preceded by Melez Band, featuring members of The m9 in a completely new way. Be sure not to miss either band! Get your tickets here, and we’ll see you March 9th!

Join us this Saturday night, Feb 2nd, as we help Kultur Shock release their newest album, Dream! We’ll be at the Tractor Tavern in Ballard, doors at 8, The m9 at 9.

After our members traveled to points around the globe this summer, we’ve reassembled and we’re ready to rock. Six members of The m9 traveled to Macedonia and Serbia to study during the months of July and August, culminating in a visit to the 57th Annual Congress of Brass Players at Guča. We were lucky enough to travel, study and perform with members of malagrupa (Vancouver), Fanfare Zambaleta and Inspector Gadje (SF), Raya Brass Band (NY), and many others. We had the honor of studying with Ferus Mustafov, Demir and Delsin Kanturovski, Nebi and Senat Kanturski, Orkestar Vesela Družina, and Picikato Brass Band (Macedonia), and Novica Cerimovic (Serbia), and of performing with countless master Romani musicians from Berovo to Šutka, from Vranje to Belgrade. Thanks to all those who made this trip both memorable and transformative.

Now, we’re back with new music, a new instrument, new skills, new styles and a fresh injection of Balkan energy to share with the world. We’ve just returned from our second performance at Balkanalia! in Portland, and we’re ready for a busy schedule including Kultur Shock and a trip to Canada. Look for more exciting things from The m9 this Fall and beyond!

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