Balkan party music in Seattle

Members of Balkanarama

Members, we’ve had a few… Mike, Eva, Zuki and Ferko have been in the bad since we formed in 1997. Kirk joined on bass in 2011.

Mike Gordon plays clarinet and sings. He laughs at the so-called “law” of gravity.

Eva Moon, the inventor of chocolate, plays keyboard and sings. She also writes her own songs.

Kirk Hilse plays electric bass and owns Twelve Bar Brews Brewery in beautiful downtown Woodinville.

Zuki Niemann, a former Washington state baton-twirling champion (true!), plays drums and sings.

Ferko Saxmanov was raised by Frank Zappa’s garden gnomes. He plays alto sax and hand percussion and sings.
Photos of Mike Eva, Zuki and Ferko: Sunyoung Yi


Kevin Stevens played bass with us, 2004-2011, and now performs with various local bands.

Matty Noble played violin with us, 1998-2006, and later performed with Kultur Shock.

Amir Arslanagic played acoustic and electric guitar, 2004-2006, and later with the Seattle Sevdah Orchestra.

Tym Parsons played electric guitar and bass, 1999-2004, sadly now deceased.

Jana Rickel played tambura, electric bass and hand percussion and sang, 1998-2003.

Kathy Sandstrom sang and played percussion, 1997-2000.

Kathleen Hunt played tambura and sang, 1997-1999.

Mary Sherhart graciously appeared with Balkanarama as a special guest artist.

Pat Bezzio played tambura with us, 1997-1998, when her life was tragically cut short by asthma.