Sherita, named for a pink, fossil fuel dinosaur whose portrait has adorned a Brooklyn billboard since the 1970s, gathers inspiration from the sounds of bygone eras to create music that is alive in the present moment. Through exploration of the acoustic traditions of the Balkans and the Near East, Sherita makes music that is at once both ancient and modern; by turns haunting, exuberant, enchanting. This quartet opens a musical time capsule, sent for posterity. The old songs and dances they find inside come to life again, and give rise to new ones. The world of an aging billboard is reborn in the present-day city.
Sherita is part of a rich and vibrant NYC community that is passionate about the folk music and dance of the Balkans. Since its formation in 2011, the band has played consistently at Zlatne Uste's Golden Festival, the annual New York/Balkan mega-party, as well as in the late-night kafana at the Eastern European Folklife Center's Balkan Music and Dance Workshop. The group has also played at venues ranging from Brooklyn music clubs to underground parties to outdoor events in public plazas, and has had the honor of recording to wax cylinder at the Edison Museum in West Orange, NJ.
Sherita is: Renee Renata Bergan - percussion, vocals, Rima Fand - violin, vocals, Adam Good - oud, Greg Squared - clarinet, vocals
Through Years - traditional/Rima Fand
Paper Garden - Rima Fand
photo by April Renae