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Balkalicious Fire Drive Band Members

Leslie Bonnett

Leslie is a veteran of Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble and is also know for her Scandinavian and Cajun fiddle playing. She Currently perfoms with True Life Trio and Sayat Nvaq Ensemble.

Shea A.J. Comfort

Shea is a former member of one of the Bay Areas' favourite Balkan dance bands, Anoush Ellas. He is also a respected duduk player who cut his teeth playing with the Paris-based Armenian orchestra, Djivani Ensemble and whose previous collaborations include Trance Mission and the International Space Orchestra. He currently plays traditional Armenian wind instruments with Sayat Nvaq Ensemble.

Haig Kassabian

Haig is a second generation Armenian musician who was a member of the popular Armenian rock band, Fourth Legacy. He also plays traditional dhol drum with Sayat Nvaq Ensemble.

Stu Brotman

Stu's projects and collaborations have included such trailblazing groups as Kaleidoscope, Canned Heat, Brave Old World and currently, Veretski Pass.

Ali Yağiz "Yaz" Şen

Yaz recently moved to the San Francisco Bay Area from Istanbul where he gigged regularly playing Greek music and more. He has quickly become an invaluable member of the Balkan music community in his new home, playing guitar and bouzouki with groups such as Orchestra Euphonos and Hadi Dede.

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