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Yeraz Trio / Saideh & Khatch: An Evening of Armenian, Persian & Arab Music

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Date(s) - 01/26/2019
7:30 pm

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Yeraz Trio is a cross-cultural collaborative project that explores traditional and popular music from Armenia and the Levant, adding new, rich, and delectable layers of texture through its distinct instrumentation. Following the journey of band member Khatch’s background and upbringing, the trio weaves together music from Armenia, Lebanon, and Syria, with Eastern European elements.

Saideh & Khatch explore an enchanting and soulful blend of Persian and Armenian music in their album, Delbedel. They will share pieces from the album and offer new improvisational and contemplative melodies. Saideh & Khatch draw from these vast musical traditions while also blending them with contemporary sounds for an evening of deep listening.


Yeraz Trio
Zina Pozen – accordion
Khatchadour Khatchadourian – vocals, duduk
Balder ten Cate – cimbalom, guitar

Saideh & Khatch
Saideh Eftekhari – vocals, setar, guitar, violin
Khatchadour Khatchadourian – vocals, duduk, def, synthesizers


Zina Pozen is a familiar face in the Bay Area Balkan music scene. Originally from Ukraine, she grew up in a family of classical musicians, playing piano from a tender age. As an adult, Pozen picked up the accordion and started playing traditional Eastern European repertoire. She was a founding member of Seattle’s infamous Bucharest Drinking Team. Since moving to the Bay Area in 2015, she has been performing Eastern European and klezmer music with Orchestra Euphonos, rembetika with MetaNastys, and old Soviet songs at various afterparties and impromptu jams.

Balder ten Cate, born into a musical family, was steeped in Eastern European music from a young age. He studied Romanian music with cimbalom master Giani Lincan, and after moving to the Bay Area in 2008, he explored music from the Balkans with Rumen Sali Shopov, performing regularly with Balkan Ensemble Meraklii. Currently, ten Cate plays cimbalom with Orchestra Euphonos as well as with Mahala.

Saideh Eftekhari is a multi-instrumentalist, teaching artist, and sound healing practitioner based in San Francisco. Her work is inspired by the years she spent studying and living in Latin America, the Middle East, and Europe. She is trained in classical violin as well as the Persian setar and holds a certification in Sound Healing from the California Institute of Integral Studies.

Based in the Bay Area, Khatchadour Khatchadourian is a vocalist grounded in the musical traditions of the Middle East and Caucasus regions. He combines sacred Armenian and Arab vocals with instruments such as the duduk, def, and synthesizers. He has four albums to date and works with multiple local bands in cultural fusion, meditation, and sound healing contexts.

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