Those who’ve been attending Balkan camp for a while can see evidence of time passing—this kid’s grown up while we weren’t looking, that one has children of her own now, this one’s head is greyer, that one’s eyes twinkle from nests of more wrinkles. . . . But from another perspective, the Workshops are surprisingly timeless. Continue Reading
Greek ensemble with Beth Bahia Cohen usually only had one or two tapans, but Jerry Kisslinger’s tapan class (16 tapans) joined us one afternoon! Beth liked it, so on Friday night, when we played for dancers in the main hall, we all played. What fun! Photo and caption: Sandy Ward
Comfortable cabins, with porch space for music and socializing. Photo and caption: Sandy Ward
Melinda Hunt singing on stage with Demiran Ćerimović and and Zlatne Uste. Photo and caption: Sandy Ward
Dragi Spasovski croons, accompanied by Mark Levy on Macedonian gajda. Photo: Sandy Ward
Kids/youth band Čoček Nation on the move. Photo: Ira Gessel.
The future of Balkan Camp seems secure, as so many young musicians participate with enthusiasm. Čoček Nation played and we danced. Photo and caption: Sandy Ward
Rhodope singing accompanied by the “Gajda Mafia” and their sheep. The sheep kept wandering away, and were herded back by eager youngsters. Photo and caption: Sandy Ward
And a close-up of the gajda players from the Rhodope sing. Photo: Ira Gessel.
Christos Govetas, Ruth Hunter and Adam Good
It’s 3 AM, and we’re loving the music at Kafana, as Demiran Ćerimović, master trumpet (truba) player from Serbia, plays and sings with Zlatne Uste Brass Band. Photo and caption: Sandy Ward
Drew Harris and Ernie Williams serve up some good eats at the grill. Photo: Sandy Ward
Alex Marković teaching his class to dance like no one’s watching. Photo: Ira Gessel.
Alex Marković leads the line, followed by Helen Marx, Erin Kurtz and Matt Moran. Photo: Ira Gessel.
Čalgia masters Husref Said (kanun), Raim Baki (džumbuš) and Sonia Tamar Seeman (clarinet).
Ljubomir Živkov and Mensur Hatić grace the “Northern” Group sing with their soulful sounds . . . Photo: Ira Gessel.
Plinkin’, strummin’ and singin’ at the “Northern” Group Sing.
Photo: Ira Gessel.
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