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Chubritza was founded in 1993 in Arcata. Chubritza is the name of a Bulgarian table spice which is usually served as a mixture of savory, salt and paprika. The name reflects the band's variety and mixture of international musical tastes and textures, while retaining a Balkan and Eastern European emphasis.
Chubritza plays international dance music for folk dance events, weddings, bar mitzvahs, cultural celebrations, parties and festivals.Chubritza performs traditional dance music and songs from both urban and village traditions from Albania, Armenia, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, England, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Macedonia, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, U.S.A. and the Jewish/Klezmer and Romany peoples. These songs reflect many universal themes: the passion of being in love, the sorrow of lost love, and the happiness music and dance brings to the heart.
Chubritza plays a wide variety of traditional instruments used in folk music throughout Eastern Europe and other parts of the world. In addition to the accordion, clarinet, flute, trumpet, violin, bass and guitar, some of the instruments which may be less familiar to audiences include: Frula - a Balkan fipple flute, Gajda - a Balkan goatskin bagpipe, Dumbek - an hourglass shaped hand drum, Gŭdulka - a Bulgarian bowed rebec with many sympathetic strings,Tamburitza - a family of stringed instruments from Croatia, Serbia and Bosnia including the prim, braè, bugarija, èelo, and berde, Tambura - a long-necked stringed instrument from Bulgaria and Macedonia,Þambal mic - a hammer dulcimer from Transylvania,Tŭpan - a two-headed Balkan drum played with a heavy beater and a light stick

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