Winter 2021-22
From the Editor

Hearing Each Other’s Voices

By Julie Lancaster

When our most recent issue came out, in June 2019, we didn’t know what the next two and a half years would bring. We found out. Continue Reading

New and Notable

Orkestar RTW

After 33 years of being a staple in the Balkan music and dance scene in the Seattle area, Orkestar RTW has recorded a CD.

The five-piece band started in 1987 as the house band for the Radost Folk Ensemble. Named in the tradition of post-World War II Balkan radio and television house bands (such as Orkestar Radio-Televizije Beograd), Orkestar RTW (Orkestar Radio-Televizije Washington) plays the music of those bands, primarily traditional dance and folk music from Bulgaria, Macedonia, and Serbia. Read more at

Tim McCormack - drums; Ronald Long - accordion; Teodora          Dimitrova - vocals, tambura; Jana Rickel - bass, vocals; and Steve Shadle - clarinet/vocals.

Stream or purchase the digital album ($10) at For a physical CD, send an e-mail with your address to, and PayPal $15 to that same address. Shipping and sales tax are included.

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