About The Balkan Situations


The Balkan Situations had a temporary reunion on Saturday, May 3rd, 7-8pm EST, broadcast live on-air at 91.1 FM WFMU in the New York Metropolitan area. The program was archived and can be streamed over the internet at www.wfmu.org/playlists/shows/27134.


The Balkan Situations are a nine-piece band, based in Middletown, CT. We play traditional and popular music from Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, and Turkey with a few tunes from Cambodia and Thailand thrown-in for good measure. You can find us playing every Friday evening, 6-9pm, at Typhoon Restaurant, 344 Main Street, Middletown, CT.

The Balkan Situations have now dispersed across the globe and fall asleep each night, dreaming of reunions…if you’d like to contact us about a reunion gig, please send us an email or a courier pigeon.

Please contact us at thebalkansituations@gmail.com

The Balkan Situations are…

Vaiva Aglinskas – violin
Ian Hollander – guitar
Sam Hyson – violin
Gergely Kiss – clarinet, kaval
Tzippy Rhodes – flute
Rachel Thompson – violin
Anna Urban – percussion
Anthony Zannino – accordion
Jonathan Zorn – bass


  1. hi… thanks for transcripting of balkan songs..this very is important…i liked it….

  2. hi…i watch u at youtube…thats good work…i m a fun of balkans…can u think Taraf de Haidouks play that songs with eye contact..:))) that’s life….

  3. Jonathan and Rachel,

    I read your posting on craigslist but the email was rejected by the server. I’m a local C’ville musician playing violin, mando, guitar, balalaika, bass, etc..
    i’m currently playing with the gypsy band ‘verbunk'(as well as off and on with 6 or 7 other bands ) and was interested in your looking for people to play Balkan music. You can email or call my cell if you’d like to talk and maybe jam. 434-962-3990

    Dan Sebring

  4. I am so happy I found out about your group. I am coming right down to Main Street of Friday nite to see you!

  5. Hi!

    This music really touches my heart!! I would really like to get in contact with folks playing Balkanian(?) music here in Europe. Mainly people that lives in the Balkan area, as I’m planning a journey to either Hungary or Bulgaria next spring/summer (I’m from Norway). I would really appreciate it.

    John K

  6. I’m Cambodian, and you guys did a KICKS ASS classical Cambodian song….keep up the good work.

  7. Nice.

  8. Hi. Greetings from Spain. Congratulations for your songs. Fantastic. Beautiful, cool.

  9. Keep making this great music! Just played a track by you guys on Blip.fm 🙂


  10. Hey I missed you guys when you came up to Burlington, VT and you played at the Radio Bean. I would love it if you guys came up again, I love your music. Im a Bosnian who hears little traditional music around here, and hearing you guys would be fantastic. There is a Balkan bar/restaurant in Burlington VT you guys could play in. Its called Euro Corner. Please consider.

  11. hello, where to get the song “ajde jano” on your CD? volim ovaj pesme!!!

    greets svenco

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  14. I´m intoxicated by your playing!
    I´d wish you would be a resident band in Vienna, Austria. It´s a great place for Balkan music;)

    Hope to see you some day,

  15. U amazing !

  16. hi from turkey… congrulations… thats you have done are perfect.. there are some problems abaut the language and the comminication.. how can ı get your cd please help me.. are you playing in any where nowadays? with my best wishs.. edip

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