Balkan Music &
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Help us fill the EEFC Calendar with lots of events and activities of interest to our community. We look forward to becoming the “go to” place for all things Balkan music & dance.

 

Clinton, Maryland

Second Annual Balkan Chestnut Festival

October 12, 2019 at 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Celebrate Wyoming Farm's chestnut harvest with Balkan music, local wine, and your local community at the Second Annual Balkan Chestnut Festival. Roasted chestnuts will be for sale with food trucks and local craft vendors on site. This year's headlining band is Zlatne Uste. They are the best and longest running Balkan brass band in the United States. They will be accompanied by other local traditional and ethnic performers including dance instruction. Tickets sold online are discounted at 15$/adult and 8$/child under 12.

Wyoming Farm, LLC is a young pick-your-own chestnut and pawpaw orchard at "Wyoming", a nationally registered historic place, in Clinton, Maryland. We offer historic tours of the land including the Marbury family who lived here and the Supreme Court case Marbury v. Madison that made them famous.

Colin Dunphy
colin@wyoming.farm

Wyoming Farm
11530 Thrift Rd
Clinton, Maryland 20735
USA
Petaluma, California

Folk Dance Party with Bulgarika

October 21, 2019 at 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

You're invited to a special Folk Dance Party with live music by Bulgarika Ensemble featuring Nikolay Kolev on gadulka, Donka Koleva on vocals, Temelko Ivanov on kaval, and Nikolay Kodzhabashev on tambura. The ensemble will play traditional Bulgarian music for dancing and listening.

Hermann Sons Hall
860 Western Ave.
Petaluma, California 94952
Boulder, Colorado

2019 Boulder Balkan Bash

November 2, 2019 at 5:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Live music for folk dancing by SIX hot local bands specializing in traditional and contemporary music from Eastern Europe. Many of the dances are easy enough to learn on the spot. Not a dancer? Not a problem; the Avalon has plenty of room to sit and watch.

The bands are: The Bitovniks, Barbelfish Balkan Band, Gora Gora Orkestar, Klezmerize, Planina - Songs of Eastern Europe and Sherefe.

In Eastern Europe, live music and dancing are always accompanied by food . . . and with five and a half hours of dancing, we will need refueling! So roll up your sleeves, make a great dish to contribute to the heavy hors d’oeuvres and dessert potluck (Eastern European cuisine appreciated but not required) and come celebrate!

Live folk dance music starts at 5:30pm and continues until 11:00pm. From 6:00 till 10:00pm, heavy hors d’oeuvres and dessert will be served. ALL GUESTS AND PERFORMERS are strongly encouraged to bring a dish to share.

The dance music program will feature tunes from Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Macedonia, Russia, Serbia, Turkey, and Roma (Gypsy) traditions. While the majority of dances will be line dances, a few waltzes and other couple dances will also be included.

Join us in celebrating Eastern European traditions of live music, dancing, and food. Don’t know what to bring or don’t like to cook? Please contact Mary Ann, the food coordinator, at maesaussotte@comcast.net for ideas.

Volunteer for the Bash - If you’d like to exchange a couple of hours of work for free admission, we have a limited number of volunteer work-exchange positions. Please contact Lyn Mead, lyn_mead@msn.com, 303-579-4222 (c).

This is one of Boulder’s most exciting music and dance events and, for Balkan music and dance aficionados, THE event of the year (or two years)! Your buying tickets in advance really helps us plan and there is a discount for advance purchase.

Hope to see you there!

TICKETS

Advance Purchase Prices

Adults - $25
Students - $20
Seniors (65+) - $20
Child - $10
At the Door Prices

Adults - $28
Students - $24
Seniors (65+)- $24
Child - $12
QUICK REFERENCE:

Avalon Ballroom (6185 Arapahoe Rd, Boulder, 80303)
Potluck, food, and beverage info: maesaussotte@comcast.net or 720-936-5055
Event and ticket info: venturewestjim@gmail.com or 303-329-6242.
Please buy tickets in advance if you possibly can to help us estimate the food/beverage needs.

ENSEMBLE LINEUP

Sequence of performances TBD - check back for updates!

ABOUT THE ENSEMBLES

Barbelfish

Barbelfish (named after a freshwater fish to which a pretty girl is likened in some Macedonian songs), plays soul-stirring music for dancing from Eastern Europe and beyond, especially from Albania, Macedonia, Bulgaria and Greece. Village and urban music from the Balkans offers some of the most exquisite melodies, soaring harmonies and driving rhythms on the planet and Barbelfish expertly delivers them. Jesse Manno (percussion, vocals), Steve Mullins (tambura, guitar, bouzouki, mandolin), Amy Self (clarinet, kaval, vocals), James Hoskins (gudulka, cello, zurna, vocals), Julie Lancaster (accordion, tambura, vocals), Loren Uecker (vocals). https://www.facebook.com/BarbelfishBand/

The Bitōvniks

Although all the members of the Bitōvniks are experienced multi-instrumentalists in a variety of traditions, this band features traditional Bulgarian village instruments only (no modern instruments). The repertoire consists of exciting dance tunes, often in uneven rhythms, such as 5/8, 7/8, 9/8 and others. Brett Bowen (tapan / bass drum), Mark Brissenden (gajda / bagpipe), James Hoskins (gudulka / folk fiddle), Steve Mullins (tambura / long-necked lute) and Amy Self (kaval / wooden flute).

Gora Gora Orkestar

Gora Gora Orkestar, a brass band powerhouse, has been bringing the sounds of the Balkans to the Rockies with high-energy performances, infectious rhythms, and feel-good music since 2009. Think of Dixieland Brass Band with eastern modes, and you have an idea: it's hot and smoky party music for line dancing or your global groove. Tung Pham, Alice Hansen (trumpets); Leah Concialdi, Stephen Angus (saxes); John Jonas, Jon Kenney (trombones); Ben Fausch (tuba); Adam Loudermilk, Vic Stauffenberg (drums); Kelly Maxwell (vox).
http://goragora.org

Klezmerize

Klezmerize is Meg York's Bulgarian wedding-style ensemble: Meg York (clarinet), Florin Alexandrescu (Romanian accordion), Ben Cohen (bass and percussion contraption), and Pascal Diez (tambura and banjo). https://megyork.com/klezmerize/

Planina - Songs of Eastern Europe

Planina (the word means “mountain” in several South Slavic languages) is a mixed chorus of 16 members. The group has been performing in Colorado since 1988, presenting a cappella and accompanied music from many parts of Eastern Europe, including the Balkans, the Baltics, the Caucasus, Poland and Russia. Members are: Valerie Brown, Rose Fuller, Christmas Gainsbrugh, Jenny Gubrud, Sharon Kermiet, Julie Lancaster, Laura Osterman, Jenna Palensky, Maitreyi Prajna, David Quesinberry, Thorn Roby, Galina Siergiejczyk and Olga Spiridonova. The group will be joined by guest instrumentalist Paul Brown (bass). www.planina.org

Sherefe

Sherefe, named after the Turkish drinking toast, "to your honor," is a group of mostly Boulder-based musicians dedicated to performing traditional music from the Balkans and the Middle East. At the Bash they will play dance tunes from Greece, Turkey and elsewhere in the Balkans. Brett Bowen (doumbek, tupan), Paul Brown (bass), James Hoskins (cello, gudulka, bouzouki, guitar, vocals), Jesse Manno (baglama, bouzouki, saz, oud, flutes, vocals), Julie Lancaster (accordion, vocals), Dexter Payne (clarinets, saxophone). http://sherefe.org

Avalon Ballroom
6185 Arapahoe Rd
Boulder, Colorado 80303
Bruceville, Texas

Texas International Folk Dance Camp 2019

November 28, 2019 at 1:00 pm – December 1, 2019 at 1:00 pm

Texas Camp, held each Thanksgiving weekend, is one of the longest-running international folk dance camps in the U.S. Held at Greene Family Camp, a modern facility in the scenic hill country of Central Texas, Texas Camp offers a unique opportunity to join in a celebration of music and dance from all over the world in an informal and supportive atmosphere.

This year, the 72nd Texas Camp will feature Tineke & Maurits van Geel teaching Armenian and international dances, and Andy Taylor-Blenis teaching Mexican dances. We also offer singing classes, a family program with special activities for children ages 3-16, folklore presentations, hearty ethnic cuisine, a host of themed dance sessions, and incredible evening parties with live music. Musicians are always welcome at Texas Camp, and are encouraged to join our friendly camp band to perform at parties each evening.

We hope you will join us for a wonderful holiday experience full of dancing, feasting, fellowship, music, and fun! A limited number of full scholarships are available, and children 16 and younger attend free. Registration opens August 6.

Greene Family Camp
1192 Smith Ln.
Bruceville, Texas 76630
USA
Eugene, Oregon

Veselo Festival 2020 - Eugene, OR

January 25, 2020 at 9:00 am – January 26, 2020 at 3:00 pm

Annual folk dance workshops, party and cultural hour....featuring Steve Kotansky. Saturday evening party band TBA!

Veselo Festival 2020
1626 Willamette St.
Eugene, Oregon 97477
Kissimmee, Florida

Florida Folk Dance Winter Workshop, Kissimmee (Orlando area), Florida

January 31, 2020 at 7:00 pm – February 3, 2020 at 12:00 pm

Tineke and Maurits van Geel teaching international and Armenian dances with all request night parties.

Ramada Inn Gateway
7470 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway (192)
Kissimmee, Florida 34747
Chicago, Illinois

Bulgarian Folk Festival "Verea"

April 24, 2020 at 5:00 pm – April 26, 2020 at 12:00 am

We present Bulgarian traditional music, songs and dances.
All groups dealing with Bulgarian folklore can participate!

For more information:
Konstantin Marinov - organizer, host, choreographer, musician and dancer
ph. 773-742-5158 - Koceto

Chicago, Illinois

Rose Valley Workshop & Party 2020

June 9, 2020 at 5:00 pm – June 17, 2020 at 11:00 am

Come stay in the village & take daily workshops in:

Bulgarian dance
Bulgarian singing
Traditional folk instruments:
Gaida (bagpipe)​
Gadulka (bowed rebec)
Kaval (end-blown flute)
Tambura (long-necked lute)
Tupan (two-headed drum)
Thracian style accordion
Clarinet

​​Lodging & local traditional food are included.

Hosted by Nikolay and Donka Kolev in the village of Karavelovo, Bulgaria.

Rose Valley Workshop & Party
Karavelovo
Bulgaria
Plovdiv

2020 Bulgarian Folk Music & Dance Seminar in Plovdiv, Bulgaria (immediately before Koprivshtitsa festival)

July 30, 2020 at 4:00 pm – August 5, 2020 at 4:00 pm

We are pleased to announce the dates for the 2020 Bulgarian Folk Music & Dance Seminar in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. The Seminar ends the day before the Koprivshtitsa festival begins. Seminar attendees will have an option to travel to Koprivshtitsa on a bus provided by the Seminar. Details for this will be forthcoming once the 2020 Seminar program is finalized.

Most of the information on the current website describes the 2019 program. The instrumental & vocal music portions of the Seminar will be very similar to the 2019 program and the dance program will feature village dance teachers from various parts Bulgaria. We also have a great FAQ section with detailed information about getting to Plovdiv, accommodations, and much more.

This Seminar, now in its 16th year, offers a very special experience for non-Bulgarians (and Bulgarians interested in connecting with their "roots" music and dance) who want a more in-depth opportunity to learn traditional instruments, singing styles, and dance than is normally possible for groups or individuals traveling to Bulgaria. This rich and unique program couples the teaching expertise of instructors at the Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts in Plovdiv with the traditional music and dance wisdom of tradition bearers from around Bulgaria. The dance program features different groups of dancers and musicians throughout the week, teaching dances from their own villages.

We will be continuing our special 15% discount for EEFC members (a great reason to join the EEFC if you haven't already!). Students from past years have raved about their experiences at the Seminar.

Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts in Plovdiv, Bulgaria
2 Todor Samodumov Str
Plovdiv
Bulgaria