Austin – Sep 19 2017

GlobalAustin is excited to announce our 2017 summit, “Texas Two-Stepping to a Better World:  A Celebration of Citizen Diplomacy.”

The summit will focus on how international issues affect Texas and how local citizens effectively represent Texas and the United States as they engage in business, culture and sports. Come exchange ideas and perspectives, one handshake at a time! 

The event will be held Tuesday, September 19th, at the Texas State Capitol Building.. Registration is now open.  Early registration is encouraged as space is limited.

GlobalAustin and our partners in Dallas, El Paso, and San Antonio, are pleased to announce Dr. William Charles Inboden, Executive Director, Clements Center for National Security, The University of Texas at Austin, will be the summit’s keynote speaker.  Congressman Joaquin Castro, will open the summit.

Registration and more information:

Member Fee (Includes Cultural Evening Reception)
Regular Fee: $70
Early Bird Fee: $60
General Public Fee (Includes Cultural Evening Reception)
Regular Fee: $105
Early Bird Fee: $95

Facebook invite and updates on the summit:

Atlanta – Aug 02 2017

Greetings everyone:

Please join us next week (Wednesday, August 2nd) at ESTABLISHMENT located in Midtown for our monthly get-together.. Like last time, we will meet in the back area and weather permitting we will have access to the outside patio. This is a very cool lounge with a great drink & food menu so hopefully everyone can make it once again. Parking is available down below in Colony Square and you can take the escalators to come up to the venue.

Looking forward to seeing everyone next week!!!

Atlanta Eurocircle

Meet Croatian-born guitarist Goran Ivanovic from Chicago

One of the most versatile, skilled, and curious musicians in Chicago, guitarist Goran Ivanovic has built a career built upon exploration.

Born and raised in Osijek – Croatia, he was in the midst of studying at the prestigious Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Austria with masters like Elliot Fisk and Joaquin Clerch when his parents (his father is a Serb, his mother a Bosnian Croat) were expelled in the late 90s; the family was granted asylum in the US and they settled in Chicago.

Since his arrival he’s displayed a deep interest in collaboration, steadily expanding his stylistic range well beyond the European classical music and Balkan sounds he was fluently versed in when he arrived. These days his repertoire not only incorporates those disciplines, but jazz and flamenco as well.

He’s recorded duet albums with the great Pakistani-Chilean jazz guitarist Fareed Haque as well as Greek-American musician Andreas Kapsalis. He’s a key member of the quartet Eastern Blok with Matt Ulery, Doug Rosenberg, and Michael Caskey, a combo that deftly surveys the folk music of Macedonia, Bulgaria, and Serbia in a distinctly jazz-oriented context, embroidering timeless Balkan melodies and rhythms with sophisticated improvisational gambits.

Most recently, Goran released an eponymous trio album with bassist Ulery and percussionist Pete Tashjian where he’s achieved a stunning assimilation of his many influences, creating a hybrid all his own. Reviewing the new album for All About Jazz, Budd Kopman wrote, “It is easy to get lost in Ivanovic’s technique, especially if one plays (or attempts to play) Classical style guitar, in a jazz style or not.”

The trio’s agility has also been noted. As Jeff Elbel wrote in the Chicago Sun-Times, “The trio are recognized for their individual virtuosity, but they show particular excellence as a unit able to stop on a dime and twist gracefully through the trickiest hairpin turns together on local stages.”

Connect with Goran Ivanovic:

GoranGuitar at Facebook

CONCERTS: calendar


This is just one example we picked as it mentioned another EuroCircle member Ian Maksin.

October 21, 2016 Jeff Elbel
Chicago-based guitarist Goran Ivanovic has shared the stage with boundary-pushing local artists including current Claudettes’ drummer Michael Caskey in the pair’s former group Eastern Blok, as well as classical and jazz master Fareed Haque and renowned cellist Ian Maksin. The Croatian native’s stirring style incorporates jazz, traditional Balkan, flamenco and classical styles.

Ivanovic’s rich discography is often signified by “Seven Boats,” a powerful collaboration with Haque released in 2004 that made a strong impression with its unusual fusion of classical, jazz and world music influences. The title track was reprised on an eponymous 2005 release by the Goran Ivanovic Group. Other key collaborations included 2009’s duo album with innovative Greek-American Chicago-based fingerstyle guitarist Andreas Kapsalis.

Currently, Ivanovic is celebrating the debut release by his Goran Ivanovic Trio with bassist Matt Ulery and drummer Pete Tashjian. The trio are recognized for their individual virtuosity, but they show particular excellence as a unit able to stop on a dime and twist gracefully through the trickiest hairpin turns together on local stages including those at City Winery and the Whistler. The trio’s upcoming show is a return visit to Jazz Showcase.

The trio’s new album features concert highlights like the spirited roots-music influence of “Alvorada Americana,” in which Ivanovic tumbles through lilting arpeggios and chiming harmonics on his nylon-string guitar before the rhythm joins him in crashing acoustic rock. The moody and haunting “Patient Zero” creates a disquieted but compelling mood. “Querido Paco” pays homage to flamenco giant Paco De Lucia.

Maksin joins the trio for the undulating “Maurice’s Ragtime,” a beautifully impressionistic piece honoring French composer Maurice Ravel with its intoxicating and sublime atmosphere. If it’s not in the set list at Jazz Showcase when Maksin shares the bill with Ivanovic, patrons should demand it as an encore.

Milana & Sergey – A couple from Belarus creates a new life in Austin

My name is Milana.

I’m a simple girl from Belarus. My whole life has been connected to music and creativity. After graduating from the Belarusian State Academy of Music, my husband and I moved to Poland, where my daughter and son were born. Taking care of my children replaced my practice of music for quite some time. I never lose my creativity, though; I kept up with it by being engaged in various kinds of crafts. I found that I could turn these crafts into my job when I moved to the USA in the spring of 2016 with my husband Sergey

Sergey and I met when I was studying at the music academy. We quickly realized that we would always be together and married six months later. Sergey worked on different jobs and learned several computer programming languages and taught himself how to code, allowing him to work as a freelancer for a while.


Musicians aren’t paid very well in Belarus, so my husband’s job has always been the main source of our family’s income. Thanks to him, we were able to move to Poland, where he worked as a web developer, and then to the US, where he continues his work as a web developer. He has so many plans and hopes associated with our move and the potential it gives us; I completely believe in him!

I really want to contribute to my family too, then my husband will not be the only one taking care of our family’s livelihood. I hope to use the skills that I have learned over the years and turn it into a business. Then, I will be able to help contribute an income, even if it may not be a large contribution.

I have a dream to open a small craft shop as well as a music school that implements the Russian music education from my home in Belarus.

However, these are plans for the distant future. I need to start with what I have now. “Moscow was not built in one day” people say.


My daughter, Nicole, started kindergarten in Poland where she learned to speak Polish (she has already forgotten everything, though). She is a very sociable girl. Nicole enjoys going to gymnastics and ballet. They’re some of her favorite things to do! This year she will go to kindergarten in Austin, Texas. I’m very glad that she will learn a new language while attending school! This will greatly develop her thinking abilities.

Her little brother, Marcin, is 2 years old. He is a very active child and my husband and I think he might like to try playing sports soon.

I am very happy that my children will grow up here, in a country with great opportunities! However, it’s a shame that they will not have memories of their native country. I continue to teach the Russian language to them at home as it is important that they know where they come from.

We didn’t originally want to move so far from friends and family, but we did not want to miss out on opportunities to see the world and get acquainted with new people and places. Austin is the first city in the US that we have lived. It’s a wonderful and cozy city with lots of friendly people! Thanks to Austin, I had a great first impression of America, as I always imagined it.


It was here, in this city, that I had the idea to give things a second chance! Once, when I went to a Goodwill store, I saw how many wooden things people threw out. Boxes, furniture, trays, frames, etc. Looking at them, I saw how beautiful they could still be! I just had to find a way to make these wooden objects into useful works of art! I became interested in the “decoupage” technique (implanting an image in the surface).

I looked at lots of videos and articles and now I have “new things” with an old story. Next, I tried remodeling old furniture. At my house, there is now a table, a bookcase, and a night table that found a second life in a new form.

My friends advised me to make things to sell. So, I began decorating boxes – a box can become a wonderful, one of a kind gift for loved ones or for yourself.
I like to learn different techniques and make sure that no two items are the same. I really try to make each item unique. Next, I really want to start making baskets for my clients!

I like to think that recycling and restoration of old things helps to save our natural resources on our planet. I am ready to help people in the transformation of their favorite wooden items that have lost their former beauty or give things a new look.

Quality and attention to detail”! These are the main tasks for me in creating these works.

Milana’s work can be almost any item – furniture, boxes and so on. The sky is is the limit, take a look below and
email Milana if you’d like to have her make you something.

MILANA’S WORK – item by item:

Credit: Morgan Kainu and Julie Candoli – our editors.

Houston – Jul 26 2017

Please join Houston EC next Wednesday, July 26th for our monthly HH event. Relish is a medley where classic American meets Mediterranean influences and flavors and looking forward to seeing you next week.

Please don’t forget to RSVP and invite your friends, the more the merrier !

Cheers from the EC Houston team: Venere, Michelle, and Shahla

Austin – Jul 27 2017

Mattie’s Lawn Happy Hour

Photos by Houman Omidifar

It was a great night despite the scorching 100 degree weather!

Come sit on Mattie’s lawn, porch or bar, join us under the majestic live oaks for a wonderful happy hour (available ONLY ON THE LAWN. Partake of thoughtfully sourced, rustic farm-fresh American fare and cocktails served with a generous side of Texas hospitality. This house has hosted some real characters over the last century, young and old, formal and informal—friends & family are always welcome.

First come – First serve – happy hour prices only available on the lawn. It is a space you could easily bring kids as well.
Login and see some photos I collected. If you are too hot – go and have a drink inside the downstairs or upstairs bar to cool off.
They are both small and intimate spaces.

Live music in the outside garden area – depending on the week the live music varies from jazz to blues to bluegrass.

Last week’s happy hour menu included $6 and $7 cocktails, wines $6, Beers and cider $3-4.
Bites: Chicken sandwich $6, Burger $6, Proscioutto tartine $6, Frites $5 etc

They usually have complimentary valet parking. When we were there (Friday) – they played smooth old jazz outside. Just the best environment and the trees gave us enough shade to survive the 100 degree weather,

Philadelphia – Aug 02 2017

International Summer Mixer

Story and photos about the event by Susan Scovill

Join EuroCircle and our team of international co-hosts, as we sip Prosecco and watch the sun set over the chicest rooftop in Philly.

**NOTE: if you are there early at 6 pm, our hosts maybe a bit late late due to traffic so please take over some good seating area (email Sherry at philadelphia (at) eurocircle (dot) com. We have no specific are reserved for this party.

My EuroCircle co-hosts are

Fabio Verdiani, from Genoa, Italy. Global Process Executive at SAP America. When he is not striking deals between Philly and Frankfurt, he is restoring his new home in Italy, and throwing the most fabulous parties in Philly.

Valeria Khmelnitsky, from Kiev, Ukraine. IT Manager at Excelon. World traveler and experience seeker, this fiery red-head has had some transformational experiences in the deserts of Nevada and the middle-east, at Burning Man.

Domenica Vinci, from USA. Fashion designer and adjunct professor at Drexel University, Donna propels aspiring fashionistas to push boundaries and think outside the box.

as always, we have happy hour pricing, and drink specials. So, dress to impress, and join us for another spectacular sunset over Philadelphia.

Looking forward to welcoming new members into the circle,

Live DJ entertainment starting at 8 pm.

Extended Happy Hour 5 PM – 8 PM​

  • $5 Prosecco
  • $5 Red and White House Wine
  • $10 Specialty Cocktails
  • $5 Domestic Beer
  • $6 Craft Beer
  • ½ Price bottles off our bottle menu (not including wine)


Vienna – Aug 09 2017

EuroCircle’s Cocktails & Conversations

Hey y’all of EuroCircle VIENNA,

how are you? I discovered this lovely location. It looks beautiful. It’s a hidden place in the middle of the town. They refurbished the bar and terrace with love. We will have plenty space. It’s all ours for the evening and we will be independent of weather.

Let’s discover the place together!

Looking forward to seeing you!

Best, Christian

San Francisco – Aug 11 2017

Europeans and Europhiles!!!
Two live bands from Europe, two amazing DJs playing euro beats, the hottest bar in San Francisco… Get ready for an epic night in the heart of downtown San Francisco.

Recently listed among the best bar/venue in San Francisco, Bar Fluxus is hosting the first Euro Party Fest with an amazing artists’ lineup.
Bar Fluxus embodies the state of mind that ART is LIFE: LIFE is ART, which makes it our perfect location for this event.

///———————-ARTIST LINEUP——————––///
From Italy, headlining the night is Sonamo’ – Italian Funk, one of the hottest live band in the SF Bay area.
Those who have been to their parties can witness the energy, the happiness and the quality of their music on stage together with DJ
DJ Msk, as a solo artist or with his band Sicilian AV project, Antonino performed in some of the Old Continent most exclusive festivals and events, including the XIII Biennial of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean (BJCEM), Villa Celimontana Jazz Festival in Rome, IT; Praguebiennale3 in Prague, CZ; Crazycurators Biennale in Bratislava, SK.

From Spain, Rumbahía is opening the night. The amazing quartet brings the flavor of the Spanish Rumba to San Francisco, mixing flamenco and Latin-American rhythms in classic and original songs for your non-stop dancing pleasure.

DJ Marc van Brabant is representing the Netherlands (and EuroCircle) , dropping some European Deep House beats with nostalgic sounds of the past.

Marc is not afraid to play that favorite 80’s tune and mix with the latest future house track from Amsterdam. He is constantly looking for new tunes that have an international flavor with a banging bass but will never shy away from a good classic house set!

Taking pictures of your beautiful selves is Melody Cheung. She will make sure you’ll remember this party for a long time.