Saturday, November 10
The Kolevs and friends are returning again as they have every year or two.
Michael Ginsburg Dance Workshop 3-5 PM $10
Evening party with music by Bulgarika 8-10 PM $12
Come to both and pay $20.
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
Donka Koleva (vocals), an internationally prominent singer, is a native of the town of Rudozemin in the Rodope region of Thrace. She graduated from the National School of Folk Arts in Shiroka Luka, Bulgaria, and performed for three years with Sliven Folk Dance and Music Ensemble. She started her singing career with the band Kabilé in 1982 and in 1986 became Director of the Folk Song Chorus of Sopot. Since then she has been a featured soloist on Bulgarian national radio and television, has participated in numerous singing competitions in Bulgaria and Europe and has been featured on multiple recordings. In 1997 her recording of "Javore" was named Song of the Year in the Bulgarian national competition. Since immigrating to the U.S. she has taught and performed widely across the US and Canada, both privately and at camps, festivals and other events. In 2005 Donka contributed to the soundtrack for the film "Everything is Illuminated". In addition to her vocal talents Donka serves as Bulgarika's manager and has organized 14 national tours for the bands Kabilé, Bulgarika and for 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 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 (vocals, tambura), 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 began teaching Balkan folk-dance in 1964 in New York City and now teaches a weekly dance class there. Michael is a nationally known teacher of Balkan dance and has taught at Texas camp in the past. He is truly excellent.
Michael also is a muscian and will 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.
Map is on next page.
If you are coming up on 183 (Research), get off the highway at the Braker, Balcones Woods exit, continue north on the access road to Balcones Wood, make a Texas U under the highway, and the shopping center is there. Just move to right lane and turn in.
From the north, get off at Duval, Balcones Woods exist and take the access straight to Balcones Woods which you cross and then the shopping center is on the right.
Shopping Center is on SW corner of Balcones Woods Rd (or Floral Park Dr) – name changes-
and 183 (Research Blvd) You will see Pet Smart and Party City.
Dancers Workshop is in several of the stores at the back corner of the center – see map on L.
See picture on next page
The afternoon wkshp is in Studio I, several store fronts to the left from the corner,
a bit further than you can see. It is right by Enterprise Car Rental.
The evening will be in Studios BC (combined) and you will enter just to the right of the corner – note the sign above.
Both will be held at Dancers Workshop, 11150 Research Blvd, Austin, TX 78759
(Balcones Woods Shopping Center)