Band to jam at Jam Camp dance

Tambura Rasa’s spicy mix added to annual event.

  • Aug. 3, 2011 6:00 a.m.
Vancouver gypsy collective Tambura Rasa perform at this year’s Jam Camp Summer Dance at the Mabel Lake Community Hall Aug. 11.

Vancouver gypsy collective Tambura Rasa perform at this year’s Jam Camp Summer Dance at the Mabel Lake Community Hall Aug. 11.

Those who missed, or loved, musical act Tambura Rasa at the Komasket Music Festival will get another chance to see the Vancouver gypsy collective when they play at the annual Jam Camp Summer Dance.

The event takes place at the Mabel Lake Community Hall on the Shuswap River, just north of Lumby, Aug. 11.

“If you are looking to do some dancing under the starry summer sky to some crazy gypsy music, come on out,” said Jam Camp instructor Celina Tumbach.

Proceeds from ticket sales support Jam Camp, a musical adventure for people of all ages.

The camps are set on the shores of the Shuswap River as well as Mabel Lake.

“Kids and adults alike play instruments, sing songs and dance the summer heat away,” said Tumbach.

“Jam Camp is where professional musicians collaborate with participants in a friendly, welcoming environment. You don’t have to have previous musical experience to enjoy Jam Camp, you just have to be ready to have a good time.”

Headed by Ivan Tucakov, Tambura Rasa describe their Balkan-flamenco fusion as a mix of dark chocolate with cayenne: it’s a little bitter, a little spicy and sweet, but oh so addictive.

Tucakov comes from a Serbo-Croatian background, but was raised in the cultural myriad of Turkey, a melting pot for global culture.

He is flanked by his counterpart Michael Fraser, a rock star on the fiddle with a passion for gypsy sounds.

The men are backed by Trevor Grant, a jazz/rock drummer, John Bews on bass, and Robin Layne, a globe trotting mad hatter percussionist who is known to bust a few lady killing dance moves when inclined.

Tickets for the dance are $10, and can be found at the Bean Scene and the Lumby Health Food Store. More information is available at www.jamcamp.org.