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:
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:
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 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:

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

Suggested Donation $5-$20 to

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 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!


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:
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:

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

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

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:
Class registration and FAQs:
Facebook event page:
And on this flyer.

Hope to see some of […]

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

Yiddish Song Workshop Sunday April 19

From Sara Ferholt on the eefc list serv:

From my dear friend Jeanie Lewicki, Yiddishist and singer of incomparable prowess and passion and humor:

Hi friends, so this is strange. I’m teaching an online workshop on Yiddish song this Sunday, April 19, 2pm Pacific time, for KlezCalifornia. It’s free! You can shelter in place with me & some great Yiddish folksingers of the past! This presentation will let you sing along while reading lyrics & simultaneous English translations. We’ll consider what makes a singer “sound Yiddish” (ornaments, timing, attitude); practice some easy techniques; & hear some funny beautiful inspirational songs (rated G, well, maybe PG-13). It’s a zoom workshop but you don’t need a zoom account to join. You do need to RSVP to KlezCal with a user name & an email address or phone number so they can send you a password & link to join in. Please RSVP in advance to .
For more info:

P.S. KlezCalifornia has decided to make their upcoming series of workshops free for all. There will be a brief rap about the non-profit org at the beginning & end of the workshop. xox j

By |2020-04-24T10:49:36-07:00April 17th, 2020|Israeli, Live, Singing|0 Comments

Balkan Vocal Technique sessions

From the EEFC listserv:
The response to Michele Simon’s Free FB Live Balkan Vocal Technique sessions on FB Live has been so fabulous… so we’re extending the series!

For the next installment, join us on FBLive tonight (Tuesday 3/31) at 7pm PST.

To join the class, go to this link:
To access the class, click on the “Discussion” tab below the photo, and scroll down until you find the video.
To review Michele’s previous FBLive sessions, here are the links:
Session 1:
Session 2:
If you feel inspired by these sessions, feel free to make a donation to Kitka at Your gift will help compensate Michele for her prep and teaching time and also help Kitka weather this storm.
Stay healthy everyone! Keep washing your hands and singing, playing, and dancing!
In harmony,

By |2020-04-27T12:40:55-07:00March 31st, 2020|Balkan, Live, Singing, Workshop|0 Comments
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