Balkan Music &
Dance Workshops
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 offer our first-ever, completely online Virtual Camps. Virtual Camp West Coast (July 17-19, 2020) was a great success, with 350 people registered.

Registration is now open for East Coast Virtual Camp on August 14-16, 2020, with three days of immersive classes, live-music performances, and community gatherings. This camp is geared toward the USA East Coast and will run on Eastern Time (UCT-0400).


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Polly Tapia Ferber

Doumbek, Frame Drum

Percussionist Polly Tapia Ferber is a music educator, performer, and recording artist who specializes in hand percussion from the Middle East, Turkey, North Africa, the Balkans, and Spanish Andalucia. She is noted for her melodic style of playing on darabukah, or doumbek (Middle Eastern goblet drum), frame drum, riqq (Middle Eastern tambourine), and cajon (Spanish wooden box-drum).

She has traveled to Tunisia, Egypt, Greece, Spain, Morocco, and Israel seeking out the finest teachers and performing with some of the world’s most renowned musicians. Polly maintains an active performing and teaching schedule in the U.S., including the EEFC Workshops since 1978. She is currently on the faculty at the United World College in Montezuma, NM.

She plays music with Santa Fe-based Balkan Mideast Ensemble EVET, Middle Eastern rock band Rubi Ate the Fig, Latin world music ensemble Trova, New York-based Middle Eastern jazz group Taksim, Raif Hyseni’s Albanian-American Ensemble, Dolunay NYC, Fetatones, and the Iberian Spanish ensemble ¡Viva La Pepa!.

Her playing is featured in recordings such as Near East Far West, Rubi Ate the Fig’s Caress the Moon and Live CD, Tulku 2, Inlakesh, ShamanSong, Dezeo, Buddah Bar, Anoush, Mezze, Brenna MacCrimmon’s Kulak Misafiri, ¡Viva La Pepa!, and Dolunay’s Our House.

Her CDs can be purchased at CD Baby and Digstation.

Email: ptferber@gmail.com

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Polly with Souren Baronian and Friends at New York’s Golden Festival, 2015

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Dolunay plays at the 2015 Golden Festival

Polly with Raif Hyseni and Merita Halili

Polly with Raif Hyseni and Merita Halili

Polly with ¡Viva La Pepa!

Polly with ¡Viva La Pepa!