Balkan Music &
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Virtual Camp

While we regret the cancelation of both our Mendocino and Iroquois Springs workshops due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are excited to have presented our first-ever, completely online Virtual Camps, each with three days of immersive classes, live-music performances, and community gatherings. Virtual Camp West Coast (July 17-19, 2020) was a great success, with 350 people registered. Our East Coast Virtual Camp (August 14-16) is now complete, with over 380 attendees!

Registration is now closed for both camps. Stay tuned for more EEFC-sponsored virtual events & classes!


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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.