Balkan Music &
Dance Workshops
Virtual Camps 2021

Mark your calendars for Virtual Camps 2021! West Coast will be held June 25-27, 2021; and East Coast will run August 13-15, 2021. As last year, each camp will feature three days of immersive classes, live-music performances, and community gatherings. Much more information to come.

Until registration is open for this summer’s weekend events, check out last year’s camp programs here: West Coast 2020 and East Coast 2020.


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David Bilides

Macedonian Village Ensemble; Macedonian Kaval

David Bilides’ initial encounters with Balkan folk music were the weddings and dances of the Asia Minor Greek community in which he grew up in New Haven, Connecticut. After hearing other Balkan music while attending international folk dancing in high school, he took the first of several trips to the Balkans in 1974, visiting Romania, Greece, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, and Turkey. He learned dances, made field recordings, and collected instruments. On returning to the United States he taught himself the music and instruments, formed groups, organized festivals and other music events, and performed and taught others music and dance.

David has been lucky to study with many wonderful teachers of traditional music and dance from this area. He continues to play, teach, and perform music from the Balkans on a variety of traditional instruments in the US and abroad. David is a frequent guest with different groups and at traditional folk music and dance events across the country. Currently he is collaborating with fellow Seattle resident, Macedonian singer Dragi Spasovski and plays tapan in the group Osem i Devet with Michael Lawson.
Twitter handle: @IzvorMusic

Class Description | Macedonian Village Ensemble

  • Class repertoire will focus on arrangements of dance tunes using primarily vocals, kaval, tambura, tapan, and gajda.
  • We plan on collaborating with the other Macedonian music classes at camp.
  • Repertoire will be taught at a fairly rapid pace using sight-reading charts.
  • The class will focus on technique, expanding repertoire, working together as an ensemble, and arranging material.
  • Repertoire materials will be made available online before camp.
  • Schedule allowing, I’m available for additional instruction outside of class.
  • We will perform at the Student Concert/Student Ensemble Party.

Class Description | Macedonian Kaval – Intermediate/Advanced

  • This is an intermediate/advanced class. Students should be able to play the main notes of the instrument in the 2nd and 3rd registers without problem. The class can also be useful for beginners, who are more than welcome to sit in and observe, and for other instrumentalists.
  • We will try to have kavals available in D-flat and C, but please bring your own if you have one. We will use the kaval in the key that everyone has.
  • Class repertoire will focus on technique and ornamentation.
  • Repertoire will be taught by ear at a fairly rapid pace.
  • Repertoire materials will be made available online before camp.
  • Schedule allowing, I’m available for additional instruction outside of class.
  • Participation in the Student Concert/Student Ensemble Party is optional, and the class will decide whether we perform.
  • Please contact David directly if you have any questions about this class.