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Ana Everling & Taraf de Chicago, An Electrifying Musical Melting Pot for the National Day of Romania

Updated: Dec 8, 2022

Gala Concert at Merkin Hall, Kaufman Music Center

To mark the historical breakthrough that, more than a century ago, brought all Romanian provinces together in one, unified state, join us at Merkin Concert Hall on December 6 (7:30 p.m.) for an evening of exceptional music and gastro-cultural discoveries. The event features Taraf de Chicago, a multinational ensemble fronted by Romanian-American singer and visual artist Ana Everling, best known for their original arrangements that invest singalong Romanian folk melodies with American tonalities to create an electrifying musical melting pot. The concert will be followed by a reception with Romanian-American fusion cuisine.

Entrance is free, but booking is required. Please order your free tickets HERE.


Formed in Chicago in 2019, Taraf de Chicago sprang out of Ana Everling's love for Romanian folklore - carols, merry songs, wedding laments, doinas, dance music, children tunes, infused with tales, riddles, proverbs and old sayings predominantly from Ana's native region, Bessarabia. While the basic scores are Romanian melodies, the instrumentation brings a strong American influence, replacing the traditional cimbalom with the banjo, the accordion with the piano and electric guitar, and adding instruments like clarinet, saxophone or various percussion instruments.

Thanks to a grant offered by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, the group will soon release “Taraf de Chicago - a Moldovan Fantasia”, an album that will also include music written by Romanian national composers and poets, rendered in original arrangements.

Taraf de Chicago are:

Ana Everling - vocals, percussion, guitar;

Olya Prohorova - violin, vocals;

Adrien Chevalier - violin;

Patrick Donley - guitar, banjo, piano, vocals, percussion;

Alex Brescanu - whistle, caval, vocals;

Kitt Lyles - bass, vocals.

Please follow Merkin Hall COVID 19 policies HERE. All guests are strongly encouraged, but not required, to wear a mask while in Merkin Hall.


Photo credit: Johnny Vacar


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