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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CHANGED TIME (1 HOUR LATER)!! Doinas, God and the Lost Jews

May 18, 2020 at 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The Romanian Shepherd's Song has served as a metaphor for diaspora Jews since as early as the 18th century. The "Doina" found its way into the Jewish liturgy, wedding, klezmer dance repertoire and even Yiddish songs, giving rise to an entire body of tunes still performed today. Josh will show the development of the Doina, how it operates musically and how it formed tunes spanning old Ukrainian Kolomeykes to the Pop Songs of the golden age of Yiddish. Josh will then demonstrate in detail why this is the 2nd most important category of a new Klezmer Taxonomy via entertaining anecdotes, colorful visuals and deep listening of historical recordings of this cornerstone genre. For musicians, he'll systematically show the modal mechanics of the doina, from the simple to the complex. If you thought last week's lecture was serpentine, treat yourself to this nebriating adventure of musical convulsions.