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Scholarship Recipients

Iroquois Springs 2016: Kamen Kresnitchki (Čoček Nation Scholarship)

By Kamen Kresnitchki, Spring 2017
Kamen Kresnitchki

Kamen Kresnitchki

Location: New York, N.Y.

Occupation: Student, 10th grade.

Connection to Balkan music/dance: I am a member of 101 Kaba Gaidi New York, which is a project of Young Bulgarian Voices New York. I play kaba gajda. Our purpose is to preserve Bulgarian culture and spread it to a diverse audience.

Number of times at Balkan camp: This was my first time.

Studied at camp: There was not a kaba gajda class at camp this year, but there were a bunch of players, so I played with them. I also took lessons in Greek clarinet and played clarinet as part of Čoček Nation.

Memorable moment at camp: Since we had recently lost Vassil Bebelekov, all week there was organizing for a memorial. The way we all came together at the end with bagpipe playing, everybody dancing, created a general sense of unity in the face of loss. We played for over 30 minutes. Even on such a sad occasion it turned into something enjoyable and meaningful.

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