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!
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!
After many months of diligence, The m9 proudly presents our debut album, Surdulica. For more information please visit our album page, and please do join us for our Album Release Party on April 23rd at Cafe Solstice. Happy Listening! -The m9
On Thursday, March 31st at HONK!TX’s Brass Band Blitz 4 in Austin, TX, The m9 will release our debut album, Surdulica. On April 23rd, we will host a release party at Cafe Solstice in Seattle for all of our friends, fans, and family. We can’t wait to share the music, so tonight, tune in to Blues and Bluster on Hollow Earth Radio from 11pm-1am to hear a sneak preview.http://www.hollowearthradio.org/programs/3/
Meanwhile, check on our Album Page for more information, and if you haven’t seen it, watch this ridiculous video promoting our trip to Texas, and the album.
Here at The m9 HQ, we’re thrilled to be celebrating the New Year, and we’ve got a few announcements to ring it in properly. First off, we’re excited to be performing for you all at Balkan Night Northwest again on March 5th, and for the Seattle Balkan Dancers on March 11th so check those shows out on our events calendar. We’ve also got some big surprises in store for you at the end of March, so stay tuned to hear about that. Happy New Year to all, we hope to see you at an m9 show real soon!
Howdy folks! We here at The m9 are proud to present the first gig of our Third Season this coming Friday night, September 25th at the Royal Room at 8pm. The m9 joins legendary Romanian Rom fiddler Lache Cercel and Roma Swing, as well as Seattle’s The Entertainers for an evening of thrilling Romani-style tunes from across Europe. We’re extremely lucky to appear on this bill, and we hope you’ll come to hear both of these amazing acts, whether or not you stay for The m9 at 10pm.
Lache’s own brand of Romanian swing is at once exciting and eclectic, a hang-on-with-both-hands ride through lightning melodies and dances which will have you on your feet and possibly overturning tables. His virtuosic fiddling is amply supported by the considerable talents of The Roma Swing Ensemble, who provide the unending racetrack for Cercel’s galloping violin.
Brothers Teddy and Vinny of The Entertainers bring their own enormous talent to a host of hits ranging from Django-style jazz to cinema classics. Their delicate, yet wicked guitar work echoes through their generous, and sincere performance. You’ll laugh, cry, and beg for more.
Please join us and bring your friends in need of merriment. The show is free, but donations are heavily encouraged to support all of these very hard-working musicians. Please do come, and give what you can!
Tomorrow night, May 15, The m9 is pleased to provide some up-beat brass tunes for an evening to benefit Voice of Roma, a non-profit organization working on behalf of Roma around the world. Courtesy of the Seattle Balkan Dancers, we’ll be at the Russian Community Center on Capitol Hill with dances starting at 7:30pm and live music starting at 9. The Bucharest Drinking Team plays at 10. For more information go to the event page here. Photo copyright Raymond Van Tassel.