Humboldt Folk Dancers present

Bulgarika Band with Donka Koleva, Nikolay Kolev (gadulka), Stoyan Kostov (tambura) and Michael Ginsburg (tupan)


Bulgarian Folk Music Ensemble
Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018 at 7:45 p.m.
Bayside Community Hall
2297 Jacoby Creek Road
Bayside, California 95524

$12 General $10 Senior/Student
Tickets available at the door
For more information, call 707-822-8045
or 707-496-6734 (day of performance).

Vocal and instrumental workshop schedule:

Private lessons $55/hr
Lesson for 2-3 $30 each/hr
Lesson for a group between 4 to 7 $25 each/hr
$125 for workshop of 8 or more.

2 - 5 p.m.: Lessons for tambura, tupan, and gadulka - call Craig to schedule - (707)496-6734.

7:00 p.m. Community jam with Balkan Meetup. $10/person. Learn a song with instrumental accompaniment. All voices and instruments welcome!

2 - 5 p.m.: Lessons for tambura, tupan, and gadulka - call Craig to schedule- (707)496-6734.

5:30 - 6:30 Dance Workshop with Michael Ginsburg $7 (see 2 for 1 option)

6:30 - 7:30 Potluck Dinner

7:45 p.m. Concert and Dance. $12 general, $10 senior/student.

2 for 1 Option: Dance workshop and concert/dance $17 general/$15 senior/student!

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Bulgarika is Donka Koleva, Nikolay Kolev, Stoyan Kostov and Michael Ginsburg.

Donka Koleva (vocals) is a native of the village of Tuzha in the Stara Zagora region of Thrace. She graduated from the National School of Folk Arts in Shiroka Luka, Bulgaria, and performed for three years with the Sliven Folk Dance and Music Ensemble. She was director of the Folk Song Chorus of Sopot, has been a featured soloist on Bulgarian Radio-TV, has participated in numerous singing competitions in Bulgaria and Europe and has been featured on numerous recordings. In 1997 her recording of Javore was named "Song of the Year" in the Bulgarian national radio competition. Since immigrating to the U.S. she has taught and performed widely across N. America, both privately and at numerous camps, festivals and other events. In addition to her vocal talents Donka serves as Bulgarika's manager and has organized 12 national tours for the bands Kabile', Cherven Traktor, Bulgarika and the Kolev Family Ensemble.

Nikolay Kolev(gadulka) a native of the Thracian Rose Valley village of Karavelovo, has been playing gadulka since age 10. After graduating from the National School of Folk Arts in Shiroka Luka, Bulgaria, he performed for three years with the Sliven Folk Dance and Music Ensemble. In 1984 he founded the orchestra "Sopot". In 1985 he formed the wedding-music ensemble "Rozova Dolina" and in 1992 the prize-winning ensemble "Balkanski Glasove". In 1994 and 1995 the latter group took first prizes at the Varna Festival. Nikolay has accompanied many well-known singers including Vulkana Stojanova, Roumen Rodopski and Todor Kozhuharov. He has also taught many students at a number of Balkan camps in the U.S. In 1999, Nikolay was the first Bulgarian to be recognized by the Slavic Heritage Council of America for his outstanding contributions to music.

Stoyan Kostov (tambura and vocals)has been playing the Bulgarian tambura for over 40 years. He graduated from the National Music School "Filip Koutev" and the Bulgarian National Conservatory. Stoyan performed with Ensemble Trakiya and played tambura with Harmanliska Troika, and guitar with the Ograzhden ensemble in Sandanski, where he also directed the "N. Vaptsarov" Folk Ensemble. Stoyan lives in Pittsburgh PA.

Michael Ginsburg (tupan, brass and dance) began teaching Balkan folk-dance in 1964 in New York City and now teaches a weekly dance class there. He plays tapan with Cherven Traktor, a band that plays Bulgarian folk music on traditional instruments. He also plays trumpet with Kavala Brass Band, a band specializing in the Brass music of Aegean Macedonia. He is a founding member and lead trumpeter of Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band, formed in 1983. In 1987 they were the first foreign band to appear at the world-famous Brass Band festival in Guca, Serbia. Michael additionally serves as the head of the Program Committee of the Golden Festival in Brooklyn, New York, an annual event attracting thousands of participants and featuring dozens of musical groups.

For additional information, samples of songs, links to videos and the entire tour schedule, click on http://www.balkandance.net/Bulgarika2018/index.html

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