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Special Event: Bulgarika

  • Sodal Hall @ The Avalon 6185 Arapahoe Road Boulder, CO, 80303 United States (map)

Live music event doors open 7:30 pm music to start at 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Cost: $15 BIFD members/$17 non-members

Sodal Hall, Avalon Ballroom, Boulder

Join us for an event of live music and cultural celebration! Come for the music, the dancing, the friends and the food.
The party will be a snack potluck. Everyone is encouraged to bring a snack or beverage to share.
Open to all. No partners or dance experience necessary.

About Bulgarika

Nikolay Kolev (gudulka) a native of the Thracian Rose Valley village of Karavelovo. Nikolay has accompanied many well-known Bulgarian singers. In 1999, Nikolay was the first Bulgarian to be recognized by the Slavic Heritage Council of America for his outstanding contributions to music.

Donka Koleva (vocals) is a native of the village of Tuzha in the Stara Zagora region of Thrace. Since immigrating to the U.S., she has taught and performed widely across North America. In addition to her vocal talents Donka serves as Bulgarika's business manager.
Temelko Ivanov (kaval) has been a musician with the State Folk Ensemble “Trakia” since 1996.  He has served as a lecturer and jury panelist at multiple folklore seminars and competitions in Bulgaria.

Nikolay Kodzhabashev (tambura) is a soloist with the Sliven Folk Dance and Music Ensemble (Slivern, Bulgara) and a member of the “Perla” folk band (tambura, guitar). 


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 (tupan) 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.