Helen drumming with the band Druzina (Druzhina) in the Auditorium.
Note the beautiful handmade textiles hanging from the balcony in background. These are part of the annual Textile Exhibition at the Golden Festival.
Goga, vocalist in Druzina
Melinda, Goga, and Helen
Accordionists Ivan Milev and Melinda Fields
Goga and Melinda
Meanwhile, two floors below in the Kafana, NY's Teenaged Balkan Ensemble "Grupa Pubeski" performs.
And in the Golden Room on the middle level, The Cope Family sings and plays.
The Cope Family
World on a String. Carpathian region string music.
Patrick, Harris, Sarah, and Lev "Ljova"
Patrick Farrell, accordionist, dedicated the next piece to Dave and Helen...
Dave and Helen leading the dance.
Merita Halili, the "Queen of Albanian Folk Songs", on the main stage
Jerry Kisslinger, tupan, joins in with the Raif Hyseni Band
Merita Halili holds her microphone over towards her husband's accordion. Raif Hyseni is a master accordionist. Note the black cloth covering his keyboard. He plays through the cloth.
Michael Ginsburg with trumpet (fluegelhorn) over his arm as he applauds Merita and Raif. [Michael's band was next on the schedule.]
Merita then announced a surprise invitation for ZU to play with her on the stage.
Michael Ginsburg and other Zlatne Uste band members joined Merita and ...
Raif on stage with his band and Zlatne Uste
Tables are being set up for snacks, while a very young guest plays with a rope. Future string player?
Souren Baronian & Friends
The Kolevi family & friends perform on the main stage.
Ivan Milev can really play his accordion!! Paul Brown, bassist, in background.
Gogofski Trio. Macedonia music played by Dave Golber, clarinet, Melinda on accordion and Henry Goldberg on tupan.
Rumiana, Bulgania tamboura player of Druzina, meets Ivan for first time. They are from the same village in Bulgaria!
Sandy and Ivan Velev, friends since last summer's Balkan camp.
See his Golden Fest photos, too.
Loretta Kelley playing Hardingfele (an interlude of Norwegian music in this Balkan festival)
Efendi with Scott Wilson on his homemade oud, Leni Cohen on dumbek, Jim Nordstrom, bass. Turkish, Armenian, Greek, and Arabic music.
Dancers responding to music of Efendi
Scott Wilson of Efendi performing on his own invention - the "Baglama Hydra" - three headed combination oud, saz, and bouzouki. Note his hand positions here, and on NEXT photo.