SOFIE SALONIKA – New Sephardic Music From Brooklyn, NY
• Katie Down (Ukelele, Flute, Voice) • Jessica Lurie (Sax, Flute, Accordion, Voice) •
• Arthur Kell (Bass) • Shane Shanahan (Percussion) • Mark Ettinger (Cello, Voice)
SOFIE SALONIKA is a hybrid group delving into Sephardic, Spanish, Turkish and Arabic songs, presenting concerts filled with compelling new interpretations on traditional works, and spicy, original Balkan – inspired compositions with hints of Bluegrass, Whimsical Jazz and Nocturnal Funk. Formed in 2013, Sophie Salonika is led by internationally renowned multi-instrumentalists Katie Down (ukelele, flute, voice) and Jessica Lurie (sax, flute, accordion, voice). They are joined by the in-demand rhythm section of Arthur Kell on Bass, Shane Shanahan on percussion, and Mark Ettinger on cello and voice. The band is currently working on their first full album, twelve tracks of beautiful songs and instrumentals, to be released in Spring 2021.