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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Jessica Ruiz


Initially trained as a classical clarinetist, Jessica Ruiz has been playing world music for more than 15 years. Now based in Detroit, she was previously an active member of the Los Angeles klezmer and Balkan music communities, and has performed at bars and bar mitzvahs throughout the United States with bands including The Shpil, the Petrojvic Blasting Company, and Novi Maleshevski Zurli.

While on a fortuitous trip to Berovo, Macedonia, she was inspired to begin studying the zurla with Milo Destanovski. They have performed together at the Pece Atanasovski Festival in Prilep, Macedonia, as well as at San Francisco’s Kolo Festival, Chicago’s Spring Festival, Zlatne Uste’s Golden Festival in New York, and the East European Folklife Center’s East and West Coast workshops. In the summer of 2012, Jessica became the first woman ever to perform on zurla with Macedonia’s national folk ensemble, Tanec. Jessica lives in Detroit, Michigan.

Class Description | Zurla

  • Students of all levels are welcome, the classes are designed to accommodate beginners and more advanced players.
  • Repertoire is tailored to the skill level of the students in attendance and includes Macedonian and/or Romani melodies.
  • Students will learn about reeds and instrument care.
  • We will perform outdoors at the lamb roast before the student ensemble night on Saturday.