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Spring 2017

Spring 2017
Profile

Profile: Merita Halili and Raif Hyseni

By Julie Lancaster

Singer Merita Halili and accordionist/composer Raif Hyseni, world-class performers from Albania and Kosova, respectively, began teaching at the EEFC camps in 1997. Read about their remarkable lives. Continue Reading

Spring 2017
In the Hood

Boston’s Balkan Music Night – Over 30 and Still Going Strong!

By Henry Goldberg

In the mid-1980s, there was a small, but established, Balkan music scene on the East Coast. Groups like Novo Selo in Philadelphia, Ženska Pesna in New York, and Evo Nas in Boston . . . . Continue Reading

Spring 2017

2016 Scholarship Recipients

By Kef Times Staff

In 2016 our community sent 16 individuals on scholarship to the summer Balkan Music & Dance Workshops. Read their reports here. Continue Reading

Spring 2017

2016 Workshop Photos

By Kef Times Staff

See photos from the 2016 Mendocino and Iroquois Springs Workshops. Continue Reading

Spring 2017

In Memoriam

By Kef Times Staff

In this issue we honor two giants in our community and beyond who died in 2016: Vassil Bebelekov, gajda player and teacher, and Esma Redžepova, singer, teacher and humanitarian. Continue Reading

Winter 2015-16

Winter 2015-16
Profile

Lise Liepman

By Julie Lancaster

Known for her warm and welcoming teaching style, Lise Liepman has taught santouri (Greek hammered dulcimer) or Greek ensemble off and on at EEFC Balkan Music & Dance Workshops since 1988, mostly at Mendocino and several times at the East Coast Workshops, and taught Turkish dancing at balkanalia! when that camp was produced by EEFC. She’s also a carousel-restoration artist. Continue Reading

Winter 2015-16

2015 Scholarship Recipients

By Kef Times Staff

The community pulled together this year to make 18—count ‘em, 18!—scholarships available for the summer 2015 Workshops. Continue Reading

Winter 2015-16

Balkan Songs

By Bill Cope

This issue’s Balkan Song is a medley of three Bulgarian pravo tunes. Continue Reading

Winter 2015-16

2015 Workshop Photos

By Kef Times Staff

See photos from the 2015 Mendocino and Iroquois Springs Workshops. Continue Reading

Winter 2015-16

In Memoriam

By Kef Times Staff

In this issue we honor two towering figures of Balkan music: Bulgarian accordionist Ibro Lolov and Macedonian singer Usnija Redžepova. Continue Reading

Winter 2014-15

Winter 2014-15
Profile

Catherine Foster

By Julie Lancaster

Catherine Foster attended her first EEFC Balkan Music & Dance Workshop at Buffalo Gap in the early 1990s and has taught brass band ensemble or clarinet and saxophone at the East Coast workshops numerous times since 1994. But she has been performing Balkan music for more than 30 years. Continue Reading

Winter 2014-15
In the Hood

Golden Festival Turns 30

By Michael Ginsburg

The landscape for Balkan music in the United States was very different 30 years ago. Zlatne Uste had formed two years earlier. It was composed of amateur musicians, many of whom were folk dancers. Continue Reading

Winter 2014-15
Eastern European Threads

Looking at the Edge

By Wendy Kiss

An exploration of some knitted lace edging on a chemise from Kjustendil, Bulgaria. Continue Reading

Winter 2014-15
Balkan Bites

Making Sausage the Romanian Way

By Rachel MacFarlane

Or, how lessons learned in 1972 Philadelphia paved the way for succulent treats at this year’s Iroquois Springs Balkan camp kafana. Continue Reading

Winter 2014-15

2014 Scholarship Recipients

By Kef Times Staff

Recipients of the 2014 Dick Crum/Kef Scholarships, Balkan Night Northwest Scholarship, Leah and Nez Erez Scholarship, and Stefni Agin Scholarship write about moments that made their Workshop experiences unforgettable. Continue Reading

Fall 2014

Fall 2014
Profile

Mark Forry

By Julie Lancaster

Likely to be spotted with mouth open wide, leading a tamburica ensemble and often knowing more lyrics than anyone else in the room, Mark Forry has been involved in Balkan camps since the 1975 Sweet’s Mill camp (a precursor to the EEFC camps). Continue Reading

Fall 2014
Feature

Theofania in Northern Greece: Men’s Dance Rituals of Blessing and Protection

By Laura Shannon

At the southern edge of the Rhodope Mountains, skirts of rock sweep down to the Drama plain. In six tiny villages where mountain and valley meet, an ancient Twelfth Night tradition endures . . . . masked men in goatskins and sheep bells dance through the streets to dispel evil spirits, awaken the fertility of the earth and ensure a good year. Continue Reading

Fall 2014

New and Notable

By Kef Times Staff

New recordings and books by folks in the EEFC community. Names in bold type indicate EEFC Workshop campers, staff, teachers, and other EEFC supporters. Continue Reading

Fall 2014

Balkan Night Northwest

By Ruth Hunter and John Morovich

You know when it’s January? And you haven’t seen the sun since September? And the long, grey spring stretches out ahead of you with that little twinkle called Balkan camp at the end of the tunnel? Continue Reading

Spring 2014

Spring 2014
Profile

Marlis Kraft-Zemel

By Julie Lancaster

In 1983, Swiss-born musician Marlis Kraft-Zemel and her two sisters were touring in the U.S. with an international folk music group and wondering if they would get beyond the waiting list for the first-ever East Coast Balkan Music and Dance Workshop. Continue Reading

Spring 2014
From the Executive Director

Fundraising and Telling Our Story

By Jay House Samios

At our most recent board meeting, the Board and I began a process of examining the Board’s relationship to fundraising. I am excited to see their interest in a sometimes daunting issue, and their commitment to stewardship of the organization we love so much. Continue Reading

Spring 2014

New & Notable

By Kef Times Staff

New recordings and books by EEFC associates, including workshop campers, staff and teachers, and other EEFC supporters. Continue Reading

Spring 2014

In Memoriam

By Kef Times Staff

In this issue we honor three EEFC Workshop staff members who have died since our last issue: Haig Manoukian, Marcus (Holt) Branicheff Moskoff, and Georgi “Bai Georgi” Petrov. Continue Reading

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