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Spring 2017
From the Editor

Finding time to read the good stuff.

By Julie Lancaster

We know you’re inundated with information—especially this year, as the national and international news brings ever more amazing, or appalling, things to read about. But we know our community’s interest in the music and dance we study runs deep. Continue Reading

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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