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Petra Gelbart

Petra Gelbart (lead vocals, accordion and dance), a founding member of Via Romen, is a Romany singer, activist and scholar who is at home both in the Czech Republic and the U.S. She recently completed her Ph.D. in ethnomusi­cology at Harvard University with a dissertation entitled “Learning Music, Race and Nation in the Czech Republic.” Petra combines the Romany vo­cal production she learned from her family with elements drawn from more improvisational and popular genres. Ac­companying herself on the guitar and accordion, she has performed as a soloist on many stages in the USA and abroad, including Sand­ers Theatre in Cambridge, Boston College, and Romany festivals in California and the Czech Republic.