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Online Classes with Helene Eriksen & ANAR DANA Oct-Dec 2020

Dear friends,

ANAR DANA projects are still welcoming drop in visitors if you are a current or former member of ANAR DANA (if you aren’t but have dance experience you can contact me about the option of drop ins). This way you can dance with your dance sisters anywhere in the world and brush up on some topic you may have done yourself, or learn something you always wanted to.  To that end, in the calendar below I have listed which dances we will be working on on each day through the end of the year.  In the second half of December I will be taking a break to take care of my family. Drop-ins are $55 for one unit (ie one day including the Awaken Your Dancing Body! class of that day.)  We hope to see a lot of old faces and also give the current dancers the chance to meet their fellow dancers in other locales.

For those of you who were interested in the new workshop series on Music Mapping: I’m sorry I dropped the ball.  I have been overwhelmed with what I am doing at the moment.  BUT, I will […]

By |2020-10-25T21:48:34-07:00October 25th, 2020|Culture, Dance, Live, Singing, Workshop|0 Comments

Dragi Spasovski, Mary Sherhart, Michael Lawson & Joe Finn live! Oct 31

A Halloween treat, before we all start trick-or-treating online: Live music by members of Balkan Cabaret!

Saturday, October 31
3 PM Pacific Time

Mary, Dragi, Michael and Joe will brave the chill autumn air on Michael’s deck in Snohomish, Washington State, and will regale you with their classic repertoire for at least an hour.

This link should get you there, whether you have a Facebook account or not: https://www.facebook.com/events/357010848848922/

Here’s a little promo video from Balkan Cabaret, to whet your appetite: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASq4CCr-yG4

By |2020-10-25T12:10:29-07:00October 25th, 2020|Balkan, Live, Music, Singing|1 Comment

Balkan Mondays Online workshop series starts Nov 2

Balkan Mondays Online workshop series

Monday, 2 November⋅18:45 – 21:00 ET
Weekly on Monday, 5 times
$50 per participant for all 5 classes, or $15 per class

https://balkanfestmontreal.org

Description:
Balkan Mondays Online workshop series.
Every Monday evening in November (Nov 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, 2020)

A SERIES OF VIDEOS IN WHICH DANCE TEACHERS PRESENT A SELECTION OF THEIR FAVORITE DANCES, ACCOMPANIED IN THE RECORDING STUDIO BY MUSICIANS AND SINGERS. 

Videos are already posted and ready to watch here: balkanfestmontreal.org/20-bf

Learn to sing or play for a selection of Bulgarian, Croatian, Macedonian, Rom, and Serbian dances

Hour-long bilingual (French/English) classes, live via Zoom
Info: balkanfestmontreal.org
Instructor: Dina Cindrić, (vocal); Sergiu Popa (instrumental music)

Link / Location: balkanfestmontreal.org

Session 1:   

Yves MOREAU, Bulgarie/Bulgaria With DINA CINDRIĆ, TITI MARKOV, & SERGIU POPA balkanfestmontreal.org/20-bf

Register for the:

By |2020-10-21T14:40:20-07:00October 21st, 2020|Anytime, Balkan, Dance, Live, Music, Singing, Workshop|0 Comments

2020 Kolo Festival Update – November 26-29

Kolo Festival 2020 FlyerGreetings & Salutations, all y’all!

If you haven’t subscribed to our YouTube Channel, please do!
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC54ZTwuzkIpDEdlsF6Mn9Qg/

And enjoy checking out the bands that will be providing music for us this year:
https://kolofestival.org/music/performers.html

And our teaching staff:
https://kolofestival.org/teachers.html

Lots more to come, soon!
-Bill

Download flyer here

By |2020-10-21T13:44:58-07:00October 21st, 2020|Balkan, Culture, Dance, Greek, International, Live, Music, Party, Singing, Workshop|0 Comments

A Taste of Pourparler – Nov 6-8

Dear Friends,

This year is an opportunity for newbies to see what we’re about.  The event is totally free!  (Although we will suggest a donation to either NFO or CDSS).  The only reason for the registration to so we can send you the zoom link. The event is closed to the public and only available through the registration process.

For more information and to register now, go to nfo-usa.org/pourparler.

A Taste of Pourparler

See information on discussion topics and schedule etc. at previous post here:
Save the date for “Taste of Pourparler” November 6-8

By |2020-10-21T10:57:34-07:00October 20th, 2020|Dance, International, Live, Music, Party, Singing, Workshop|0 Comments

Balkan Chestnut Festival Oct 9 & 10

3rd Annual Balkan Chestnut Festival Poster.jpg

DONT MISS IT!

THE LINEUP

These are the confirmed participants. Please stay tuned for the minute to minute schedule. Each performer has time reserved for interactive Q&A with our onsite MC, Cora Phenix, and with you in the audience.

  • Džambo Aguševi Orchestra is the hottest Balkan brass band in the world. Please check out their new album, “Brasses for the Masses”.

  • Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band is the founding band of Golden Festival in Brooklyn, NY, and this will be their second appearance at the Balkan Chestnut Festival.

By |2020-10-09T14:37:24-07:00October 9th, 2020|Balkan, Dance, Live, Music, Party, Singing, Workshop|0 Comments

2020 Kolo Festival online – November 26-29

Kolo Festival 2020 Flyer

2020 will be our 69th festival! (Details here)

2020 Dance Teachers confirmed!

  • Joe Graziosi – Greek & Pontic dances (and some rebetika!)
  • Sonia Dion & Cristian Florescu – Romanian line & couple dance
  • John Filcich – Traditional kolos
  • John Morovich – Croatian dances

As always, there will be live music from: Albania, Armenia, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Macedonia, Norway, Romany communities, Romania, Serbia, South Africa, Sweden, Turkey, USA!

Bulgarian/Macedonian Jam & Sing-along
Booklet (for all instruments)
Tam Jam charts, here!

Download flyer here

By |2020-10-08T13:02:11-07:00October 8th, 2020|Balkan, Culture, Dance, Greek, International, Live, Music, Party, Singing, Workshop|0 Comments

Save the date for “Taste of Pourparler” November 6-8

Pourparler is going virtual through Zoom this year with “Taste of Pourparler” on November 6th-8th. Please spread the word.

All are welcome and there will be no registration fee, however, participation will be by pre-registration only. Pre-register by Wednesday November 4th at this link:
Virtual “Taste of Pourparler” Registration Form

Pourparler is an annual gathering for teachers of traditional dance or music in schools and communities. This year’s Zoom event will include discussions on relevant topics, dance parties, songs and time to chat. If you have questions please email:

We hope to see many of you virtually this year, and in person in 2021 in Vermont!
The Pourparler Steering Committee: Sanna Longden, Margaret Bary, Karlene Kjerstin, Jeremy Korr, Mady Newfield

Find lots of information here: Pourparler website on NFO

Discussion topics:

  • Engaging Children in Online Events
  • Technical Aspects of Online Events
  • Living Through 2020
  • Dancing with Seniors in Online Events
  • Planning for Post-pandemic Events and Situations
  • How Antiracism Work Intersects with Our Traditions and Teaching

The rough schedule is as follows (all times are Eastern Standard Time):

Friday November 6

  • 7:30-8:00 pm: Arrival and informal chat
  • 8:00-8:25 pm: Welcome to Pourparler
  • 8:25-9:25 pm: Dance […]
By |2020-10-05T13:28:21-07:00October 3rd, 2020|Dance, International, Live, Music, Party, Singing, Workshop|1 Comment

Osem I Devet Concert from Michael Lawson’s deck

Osem I Devet (minus David Bilides), with Tedy Dimitrova and Dina Trageser, broadcasting from Michael’s back deck at 6 pm on 2020-09-19.
The link for this 1 hour recording is below, no Facebook account required. Definitely worth watching!

https://www.facebook.com/osemidevet/videos/680583209218496

For real this time! The awning is up, the camera ready. Tune in for an hour of Osem (minus Devet) with Tedy and Dina tonight.

Posted by Osem i Devet on Friday, September 18, 2020

By |2020-09-19T22:35:03-07:00September 19th, 2020|Anytime, Balkan, Music, Singing|0 Comments

“East Coast” Virtual Camp August 14 – 16, 2020

Happy Saturday, everyone!
After a really fun “West Coast” weekend, we’ve decided to do it again–with an East Coast twist. Join us for our second Virtual Camp on August 14-16, 2020. Our website will update with faculty and performers as they’re added, and you can register here. Read on for additional details!
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In 1977, the EEFC offered the first of many wonderful getaway Balkan Music & Dance Workshops. In 2020, we’re excited to roll with the punches and debut our online edition, which you can enjoy from the comfort of home.
Thanks to high-speed internet, we continue to welcome new friends and old to our community of musicians, singers, dancers, and those who love them. Beginners and advanced practitioners will continue to “rub shoulders” while benefiting from the expertise of our extraordinary teaching staff and enjoying bliss-inducing live-music performances. We can’t provide the traditional rustic redwoods setting nor a superb glamping experience in the Catskills, but this Virtual Camp weekend retains our signature style—an immersive learning experience that opens hearts and minds to the beauty of Balkan music, dance, and culture.
The Platform
We’re using 
By |2020-08-06T14:08:01-07:00August 6th, 2020|Balkan, Dance, Information, Live, Party, Singing, Workshop|0 Comments

Stockton Folk Dance Camp July 11-18 Virtual Camp

July 2020
July 11-July 18
73rd Year Virtual Camp and Teachers/Musicians Fundraiser
DO YOU HAVE YOUR RAFFLE TICKETS?
There will be frequent raffle drawings during our week-long Virtual Camp. Don’t have your raffle tickets yet? Better get over to our website folkdancecamp.org, and look at the three Stockton Packages. Raffle tickets will only be available until July 10, and the free pre-Camp ukulele lessons on Zoom end on July 10 as well.TEACHER RESOURCES
If you have looked at the schedule, you know that Stockton’s Virtual Camp will include cooking classes with Aaron Alpert, Ahmet Luleci, and Sonia Dion and Cristian Florescu. If you want the recipes and perhaps want to purchase the ingredients before the class, you’ll need to look here. On that same page, you’ll find information about how to contact the teachers and purchase music to the dances being taught. The page will be updated frequently, so please bookmark it so you can return to it daily.THE WEEKLY AND DAILY SCHEDULES
Preparation of the schedules for Stockton’s Virtual Camp are in the final stages. A few classes will not be happening, and […]
By |2020-07-08T22:13:12-07:00July 8th, 2020|Culture, Dance, International, Live, Party, Singing, Workshop|0 Comments

EEFC Virtual Balkan Camp July 17-19

In 1977, the EEFC offered the first of many wonderful getaway Balkan Music & Dance Workshops. In 2020, we’re excited to roll with the punches and debut our online edition, which you can enjoy from the comfort of home. Join us July 17-19, 2020! Learn more here and register via our website. Facebook event is here.

Thanks to high-speed internet, we continue to welcome new friends and old to our community of musicians, singers, dancers, and those who love them. Beginners and advanced practitioners will continue to “rub shoulders” while benefiting from the expertise of our extraordinary teaching staff and enjoying bliss-inducing live-music performances. We can’t provide the traditional rustic redwoods setting nor a superb glamping experience in the Catskills, but this Virtual Camp weekend retains our signature style—an immersive learning experience that opens hearts and minds to the beauty of Balkan music, dance, and culture.

The Platform

We’re using an online platform to centralize our gathering for the weekend. In other words, this event is more than just a series of Zoom meetings—we’re creating a digital village. On Wednesday, July 15th, you’ll receive an invitation to join our online space, which, while initially designed to recreate the […]

By |2020-07-08T22:14:05-07:00July 8th, 2020|Balkan, Dance, Live, Party, Singing, Workshop|0 Comments

Folk Dance Weekend Memorial Day 2020 Online Event

Flyer here.
Saturday, May 23

Please join us for this very special afternoon of friends and families celebrating 39 years of dancing at the land. Reconnect, listen, sing along, or clear your living room and dance to the wonderful songs that keep us together as a folk-dancing community.

Easy Zoom Connection: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87639441238
No password required. For best results, check out these tips before joining: Zoom Tips

2:30 pm Arrival, Music, and Photos
2:45 Welcome and Greetings

3:00 Balkan Dance Set
3:30 Israeli Dance Set

4:15 Balkan Dance Set
4:45 Israeli Dance Set

5:30 Landladies Singing
5:50 Havdalah Service
6:00 Dinner Break (Open Sharing)
6:30 Campfire

Land Dancers Home and Donations Page: http://www.landdancers.org/
Note there will not be dancing at Cliff’s land in the Santa Cruz mountains this weekend!

By |2020-05-22T17:27:50-07:00May 22nd, 2020|Balkan, Dance, Israeli, Live, Party, Singing|0 Comments

Northwest Folklife Festival May 23-25

Presented by Seattle Cancer Care AllianceFrom Home to Home: Northwest Folklife Festival will take place online May 23-25, 2020 at nwfolklifestreaming.org. Created in partnership with Seattle Center, From Home to Home: Northwest Folklife Festival is a virtual festival that features multiple program channels and a virtual marketplace that will bring together local culture bearers, artists, creatives, sponsors, and merchants all on one platform.

Full List of Program Channels
Meet the Artists
View the Full Schedule

Of note:
– Helen Eriksen & Anar Dana: Saturday, 11 AM
– Dromeno live dance party: Sunday, 5:35 PM
– Dunava Balkan Women’s Choir video premier: Sunday, 6:10 PM

Suggested Daily Donation: $20 per person | $30 per family
Committed to Access for All | Powered by Your Donations

By |2020-05-22T17:29:35-07:00May 22nd, 2020|Anytime, Culture, Dance, International, Live, Singing, Workshop|0 Comments

Michele Simon’s Balkan Vocal Technique

Dear Singers,

Kitka is pleased to host Michele Simon’s next Tuesday night Online Balkan Vocal Technique Workout Series on Facebook live!

These sessions will run for the next four Tuesday evenings (May 12 – June 2). Join us from 7-7:30pm.

Michele will work on warmups, placement, vowels, range, and ornaments, with a focus on breath and ease, as well as teaching a song or two, as time allows. Plan is for minimum explanation, maximum sound making. Let’s have some fun together!

Here’s the link where you can join us:
https://www.facebook.com/events/447664666071725/

Click the “discussion” tab on the event to find the video…

Suggested Donation $5-$20 to www.kitka.org/donate

No one turned away for lack of funds!

Well wishes,
Shira & Michele

By |2020-05-12T12:05:53-07:00May 12th, 2020|Balkan, Live, Singing, Workshop|0 Comments

Balkan Sing-Along Saturday May 16

Greetings and salutations!

For those of you who have been wishing for a Balkan Sing-along, Michele Simon will be leading one this Saturday from 2pm to 3:30 pacific time, accompanied by our band, Zabava, while observing social distancing 😉

If you would like to attend, please visit Cope-a-cabana.com and add yourself to our Sing-a-long mailing list to receive all the needed info to join us 🙂 Of course, you may also join any of the other mailing lists you are interested in 😉

Sing-along songbook will be posted by midnight Friday 😉

Hope to enjoy your virtual company soon!

By |2020-05-12T11:30:30-07:00May 12th, 2020|Balkan, Live, Singing, Workshop|0 Comments

International Folk Song Exchange & Bulgarian Folk Singing Technique

Vlada Tomova is excited to invite you to three different folk singing offerings: Vlada will be either leading, or hosting on Zoom in the upcoming months. She is planning on May and June for now, and shall see how life goes after that in these unprecedented times.

Feel free to pass this on – all levels are welcome, and the classes are by donation, or free!

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Sing Bulgarian ornaments with ease! – Vlada will lead with this one to start

  • Mondays, 8-9 PM EDT (45 min singing, 15 Q&A, send in your recording for feedback)
  • 15$ suggested donation (pay what you can)
  • starting May 4

Learn your favorite Bulgarian folk songs with a native singer! – Vlada will lead with this one to start, with special guest teachers

  • Saturday, 4:30-5:30 pm EDT (if you have a song you’ve been aching to learn, or find out more about its meaning, send it her way)
  • 10$ suggested donation (pay what you can)
  • starting May 9

International folk song exchange! – led by native singers from around the world

  • Sunday, 4:30-5:30 pm EDT (Q&A follows)
  • FREE!
  • May 10 – Mavrothi Kontanis (Greece), a great singer, oud player, and teacher, well known and loved in the […]
By |2020-05-04T22:07:55-07:00May 4th, 2020|Balkan, Live, Singing, Workshop|0 Comments

Dragi Spasovski podcast episode 45 published

Interested in discussions and samples of Macedonian folk songs?
David Bilides and Dragi Spasovski are back with another podcast for you in their series of expanded discussions for each of the 54 songs in Dragi’s 3-CD set.

Episode 45: Neli si se naspalo

This is a love song of the Macedonian Muslims living in the greater Šar Planina area. Dragi talks about the Isjanovska sisters, describes the Macedonian Muslim dialect, and discusses that singing tradition, both its continuity and its evolution.

You can…

1) Download the podcast directly from the site: http://podcasts.izvormusic.com
2) Listen to the podcast without downloading it, as an audio stream from the same page on the site;
3) Subscribe to the entire series from the same page on the site or through iTunes or similar software.
4) Get more information about the 3-CD set here: http://www.izvormusic.com/cds

Episodes on the site have additional audio and links discussed in the podcast.

As always, comments and suggestions are welcome.
Have fun listening!

http://izvormusic.com

By |2020-05-04T21:49:12-07:00May 4th, 2020|Anytime, Balkan, Culture, Information, Singing|0 Comments

Hungarian Folk Singing Class every Monday on Zoom

From Zina Bozzay via the eefc list:

It’s lovely to see the various classes and other events being offered online during this pandemic. In mid-March I also took my weekly singing class in Budapest online, and we’ve been greatly enjoying it. People have been joining in from various countries, and I wanted to extend the invitation to the broader community.

The class covers a variety of traditional folk songs, using village source recordings, and includes pronunciation, translation of the song lyrics, stylistic details, background information, and more. This coming Monday I’ll be starting new songs, and new participants are welcome to join any week. Fortunately with the time difference it works well for many both in North America and Europe (6pm Budapest time is 9am in California and 12 noon in New York). We’ll be holding it every Monday this way for at least the next 6 weeks, through the end of May.

Open to all – no previous experience in the style required.

All info can be found here:
Main website: www.zinabozzay.com/nepdalkor
Class registration and FAQs: www.zinabozzay.com/register-for-virtual-nepdalkor
Facebook event page: www.facebook.com/events/915466158867586/
And on this flyer.

Hope to see some of […]

By |2020-04-24T10:45:49-07:00April 18th, 2020|Live, Singing, Workshop|0 Comments
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