Ismail Butera — accordionist, vocalist, entertainer — loves the folk music of the world’s peoples. “The sound and expression of a musical tradition reveals the inner soul and understanding of various cultures,” he says. Ismail is a founding member of Metropolitan Klezmer and plays a breathtaking array of styles: traditional court repertoire of Zanzibar, Arabic modes, African rhythms, Indian film melodies, and Turkish musical genres, with lyrics in Ki-Swahili. He has taught at Buffalo Gap Balkan Folk Arts Camp, played traditional Greek instruments with Smyrneiki Kompania, performed Balkan, Mediterranean and Near Eastern vocals and instrumentals with groups Sharqiya and Bogomila, and formed the Balkan Brothers duo with percussionist Seido Salifoski. He has also performed with The Klezmatics, Andy Statman, Michael Alpert, Noga Group, Yale Strom’s Hot P’Stromi, and Latin folk ensemble Chameleon, in addition to playing Albanian, Armenian, Israeli, Sephardic and Persian music. He appears on all four Metropolitan Klezmer CDs. During the day he entertains in nursing homes, hospitals, and nonprofit centers and has worked for Hospital Audiences Incorporated (HAI), Self Help Community Services, the Trinity Church ‘Music to Go’ series, and the New York Memory Center. “Music, dance and the arts are truly wonderful human forms of expression and communication, and do make miracles happen.” See his website for upcoming performances.