Kolorash

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Photo courtesy of Misi Tsurikov

Featuring:
Lisa Schneider- Violin (primas)
Eric Vormelker- Bass, Guitar, Percussion

often joined by:
Don Weeda- Accordion
Yosuke Kimura- Kontra
Jerry Hagins- Banjo

Kolorash is a folk dance band specializing in the folk music of Eastern and Northern Europe (primarily Hungary, Romania, Scandinavia, and the Balkans). Sometimes soft and sweet, sometimes rough-edged and primitive sounding, all the music we play is meant for dancing.

We've been developing our Hungarian repertoire since about January of 1995. In the past, we performed for/with the Austin Csárdás Hungarian Performing Dance Group either for táncház (dance parties) or a variety of public performances at festivals around Texas.

The name, Kolorash , is an American misspelling of the town in Romania where Lisa's paternal grandmother was born.

Kolorash Through The Years

We’ve had a fantastic time playing with so many wonderful musical friends through the years at some amazing and memorable events including:

Kontra: Isla Ross, Faruk Gurbuz, Beverly Garland, Kurt Nalty
Fiddle/Percussion: Anne Alexander
Vocals: Genevieve Kent

Selected featured performances

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Austin International Folk Dancers Greek Night, September 13, 2014
Austin International Folk Dancers Open House, September 29. 2012
Danubia: An Eastern European Dancetopia@ Spiderhouse Ballroom, April 19th, 2012
Darling New Neighbors CD release party @ Carousel Lounge, August 22, 2009
Nyareste with Csárdás Hungarian Folk Dancers, 2003
Performed at the Grand Opening of the new Yarborough Library, January, 1999
AFTM Midwinter Fest, January, 1996
Texas Folklife Resources Texas Culture Bash, July 23, 1995
Zilker Park Trail of Lights with Csárdás Hungarian Folk Dancers
Westfest with Csárdás Hungarian Folk Dancers
Houston International Festival with Csárdás Hungarian Folk Dancers
San Antonio College Folk Dance Festival with Csárdás Hungarian Folk Dancers
Austin Aquafest with Csárdás Hungarian Folk Dancers

January 11, 1996 was proclaimed “Kolorash Day” by the City of Austin and mayor Bruce Todd

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