Bulgarika Bulgarian Concert
Mayo Street Arts in Portland, Maine/Thursday, September 13 at 7:30pm
The music of Bulgaria, a country long considered a cultural crossroads, is known for hauntingly expressive melodies, fascinating irregular rhythms and fiery dance tempos. Balkan band Bulgarika will present a concert of traditional Bulgarian songs and instrumentals.
Bulgarika is a group of four master musicians with decades of performing experience. They are all steeped in Bulgarian music and rhythms from a young age. In their performances they draw on formal and informal training, as well as their experience as teachers. The band maintains extensive contact with other Balkan natives, from the Black Sea to the Adriatic, and bring for your enjoyment the very best of the Bulgarian folk-music tradition.
Bulgarika is Donka Koleva (vocals), Nikolay Kolev (gadulka), Stoyan Kostov (vocals, tambura), and Michael Ginsburg (tapan).
Part of the International Heritage Music Series. Based on the idea that music is inherent to strengthening community in cultures around the world, the series celebrates regional music and dance traditions.
October 24–27 Jacqueline Schwab comes to Maine for a concert, English country dance, and workshop.
August 12–18 and 19–25: Mainewoods Dance Camp
SESSION 1: August 12 – August 18
Roberto Bagnoli – ISRAELI
Steve Kotansky – BALKAN
Richard Schmidt – POLISH
MerakKef Express – INTERNATIONAL FOLK MUSICIANS Plus, English, Contras & Squares with John McIntire
SESSION 2: August 19 – August 25
Wim Bekooij – INTERNATIONAL
France Bourque-Moreau – FRENCH-CANADIAN & MORE
Yves Moreau – BULGARIAN & BALKAN
Barbara Pixton, Tom Pixton, Julia Poirier – INTERNATIONAL FOLK MUSICIANS
June 29 — Gogofski Balkan band comes back to Folk Dance Brunswick for an evening of great music and dance. June 30 — First-ever Irish culture festival event in Portland: http://littleseafolkfestival.com
March 24 — A concert at Bowdoin College: Zolotoj Plyos and a Musical Journey across Russian Traditions (more details) March 21 — English Country Dance party: “this week is the last of the current English Country Dance class session, and as is our wont, we will be hosting a party for the last class. Potluck starts at 6 (good food with friendly people!) and the party dance will start as soon after 6:30 as dinner/tables can be cleaned up (probably 6:45 ish, or even 7). (more details) March 23 and 24 — DownEast Country Dance Festival in Topsham (more details) April 4 — The start of a new session of English Country Dance in Yarmouth (http://www.317main.org/learning/english-country-dance/) April 15 — Swing Dance Brunswick at People Plus (more details) May 5 — Greek workshop and party with Joe Grazioso sponsored by Folk Dance Brunswick. At People Plus. Details coming. Postponed 😦 May 12 —Folk Dance Brunswick hosts a special “International Folk Dance Workshop and Dance” led by noted folk dance teacher Marcie Van Cleave of Massachusetts. The nonprofit event will be held on Saturday, May 12, in two parts — a teaching session from 1:00 to about 5:00 p.m. and an evening dance from 7:00 to about 10:00 p.m. — at the People Plus community center, 35 Union Street, one block west of Maine Street, in downtown Brunswick. All are welcome for both parts of the event. Suggested donation $10. May 13 — Swing Dance Brunswick at People Plus (more details). A Mother’s Day treat!