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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We award full and partial scholarships to our in-person workshops.
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Jerry Kisslinger

Balkan Rhythm Planet

On Saturday, in this 90-minute, light-hearted immersion into Balkan rhythms, you will learn to feel, count, and play common dance rhythms of the southern Balkans—in 4, 7, 9, or 11—at least. Bring your tapan, doumbek, frame drum, or clapping hands. If you’re new to such things, welcome to the rhythm planet. Even if you have logged long miles in Balkan drumming, come restart your rhythmic engines. Together we will visit a lovely, layered land of beats, pulses, and percussion.

Jerry Kisslinger has played tapan/daouli for Balkan and folk-dance community events, concerts, and festivals throughout the United States for many decades and has taught regularly at EEFC camps and other workshops since the mid-1980s. He is proud to be called a dancer’s drummer. Jerry is a founding member of Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band, and currently plays with ZU and Kavala Brass Band as well as Pontic Firebird. He has performed with other top Balkan groups, including the Yuri Yunakov Orchestra, Akshambelah (with Christos Govetas and Ruth Hunter), the Macedonian roots band Odglasi, Turli Tava, Pece Atanasovski, and the pioneering New York Balkan band The Balkanizers. Jerry’s discography includes Édessa and Friends: Balkan Border Music, and Di Shikere Kapelye, with Frank London’s Klezmer Brass All Stars, as well as four recordings with Zlatne Uste: Golden Lips (Global Village) No Strings Attached (Rounder Records); In the Center of the Village; and Do Zore (Until Dawn; and guest appearances on Raif Hyseni 24 and Dolunay’s Our House.

Read a profile of Jerry in Kef Times.

Watch Jerry in this video