Journey to Eastern Europe with the haunting voice and accordion of Bessie Wapp accompanied by Ben Johnson.

Journey to Eastern Europe with the haunting voice and accordion of Bessie Wapp accompanied by Ben Johnson.

Haunting voice of Eastern Europe

Castlegar’s Kootenay Gallery presents the next concert in its TD Canada Trust Concert Series on Sunday.

Castlegar’s Kootenay Gallery presents the next concert in its TD Canada Trust Concert Series on Sunday.

The audience is invited to take a journey to Eastern Europe with the haunting voice and accordion of Bessie Wapp accompanied by Ben Johnson on the oud, santoor and percussion. The pair will perform Bosnian, Serbian, Macedonian, Bulgarian, Romanian and Yiddish material following the complex meters of music typical of the Balkans including the time signatures of 5/8, 7/8 and 11/8.

Wapp is a musician and theatre artist who has created and performed original works throughout North America and Europe. Wapp currently teaches music and theatre privately and in group settings through Oxygen Art Centre in Nelson.

Johnson is a musician imbued with the traditions of the Mediterranean, Persia and the Indian sub-continent. Since moving to the Kootenays in 2007, Johnson has been in demand as a drummer with diverse acts such as Howlin’ Dan, Heavy Shtetl, and most recently performing and recording with award-winning producer and musician Adham Shaikh. Johnson will be adding percussion, oud and Persian santoor.

This concert starts at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door. For more information call 250-365-3337 or visit kootenaygallery.com.