BalkanFest 2022

Join us—in person—for our summer and fall weekend events, featuring classes and great live music dance parties. Registration is now open for our New York weekend!

East Coast

August 5, 2022
Village Community School SkyYard
West Village, Manhattan, NY

August 6, 2022
Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden
Astoria, NY

West Coast

September 9-10, 2022
Presidio Theatre Plaza
San Francisco, CA

West Coast registration coming soon, stay tuned!


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The EEFC is proud to partner with sister organizations, including the Bulgarian Folk Music & Dance Seminar.

Berkeley, California

Cry, Baby, Cry! From Badkhones to Bulgar: The Development of the Klezmer Music Modes

May 11, 2020 at 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

For centuries, Jewish weddings in Eastern Europe featured the unique folk art of the badkhn, (Jewish wedding master of ceremonies), whose improvised delivery was accompanied by musical interludes. Poorly documented and little studied, this folk tradition, part liturgical, part comedic, remains a crucial key to understanding Ashkenazi Jewish culture and music. Joshua Horowitz will play historical recordings and show various types of Badkhones, showing how the music for them formed the central building block for the klezmer musical system. This lecture will feature deep music listening and analysis, but is still accessible for non-musicians as well. Josh won't shy away from critical ethnomusicological and historical perspectives and will present a new system of classification and analysis of modes designed to be more comprehensive for teaching and learning klezmer music. Fun and educational at the same time...

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