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Bulgarian Singing Workshop with Valya Balkanska
Thursday, May 19, 2016
7:00 - 8:30 pm
Vashon Island

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Valya Balkanska

What: Vocal workshop with Valya Balkanska, world-renowned Bulgarian singer, accompanied by Petar Yanev, bagpiper, from the Rhodope Mountains in Bulgaria. This workshop will be limited to 30 participants-early registration is required.

When: Thursday, May 19. The workshop is from 7-8:30 pm.

Where: Vashon Island. Vashon High School Band Room, 9600 SW 204th Street, Vashon, WA, 98070. Enter via the South Parking Lot on 204th Street. There will be signs directing you to the band room.

Cost: $25
Please make checks out to Balkan Echoes and send to:

Balkan Echoes
PO Box 2484
Vashon, WA 98070
(A waiting list will be made once all the spaces have been filled.)

VALYA BALKANSKA: The Cosmic Voice of Bulgaria's Rhodope Mountains is a concert featuring Valya Balkanska and bagpiper, Petar Yanev in Seattle at the Russian Hall and Community Center, 704 19th Avenue E, Seattle, WA, 98112 on Friday, May 20, at 8pm (doors open at 7:30). Tickets available at the door or in advance at brownpapertickets/event 2541803

FALL 2015

Smithsonian Folkways
North Macedonian CD Release events
We are celebrating the release of this new collection with events in 5 cities beiginning in Washington DC October 7th
DC - NY - NJ - WA
click for schedule

Album Release Events for Playing ’Til Your Soul Comes Out! Music of Macedonia:

October 7, 2015
Embassy of Macedonia
2129 Wyoming Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
Please RSVP to or (202)350-9798

October 9, 2015
Gallery MC
549 W 52nd St.
New York, NY 10019
Music provided by Odglasi
Please RSVP to or (202)350-9798

October 10, 2015
7:30 p.m. - midnight
Macedonian Cultural Center
1050 Pompton Avenue
Cedar Grove, NJ 07009
Please RSVP to or (202)350-9798

October 22, 2015
Vashon Island Land Trust
10014 SW Bank Road
Vashon Island, WA 98070

October 23, 2015
Jack Straw Cultural Center
4261 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
Music provided by Dragi Sapasovski and his Macedonian All Stars band

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We are very pleased to see this three-year project come to fruition. The selections on the CD are all being released for the first time and represent the musical heart and soul of traditional North Macedonian life prior to globalization.

Please join me in celebrating the rich heritage of North Macedonia at one of our release events around the country:

Canadian Exhibit: openings in Montreal: February-March 2014

Exhibit Montreal: February - March, 2014

October 4th to October 31st, 2013

Close to the Bone: The Balkans 1962-1987

Snap Dragon Restaurant/ Hatings-Cone Gallery

March 10 - July 14, 2013

Resplendent Dress from Southeastern Europe:
A History in Layers

Fowler Museum at UCLA

exhibit info

November 2, 2012

Close to the Bone: The Balkans 1962-1987

Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union

Opening Reception: Friday, Nov. 2nd, 6:30-8:30 pm with music by Vashon Island Music by Tim Jovanovich

12 January - 28 February, 2012

Voices & Images From Bulgaria: 1966-1979 by Martin Koenig

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

with the support from the Consulate General of Bulgaria and the Center for Traditional Music and Dance

Opening Reception

Wednesday, January 11th, 6:30pm to 8:00pm
with live music and refreshments
"learn more about this exhibit

Special Film Screening Thursday, January 12th, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
16 mm color film with synch sound of Bulgarian village dancing shot in 1979
at the Shelby Cullom Davis Museum
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
40 Lincoln Center Plaza New York City

Free to the public - Please use Plaza entrance

May 2011

Voices & Images From Bulgaria - Seattle Folklife:

folklife 2011 - Seattle
Folklife 2011 at the Seattle Center has long been an annual gathering for devotees of the performing folk arts. In 2011, the four day event, at the Seattle Center, featured Martin's Bulgarian photographs and films, a musical performance and dancing.