James Stoyanoff is of Greek-Macedonian ancestry, a master of the clarinet, and performs and teaches Greek, Macedonian, and Turkish music. He studied clarinet with such masters as Karakos, Halkias, Anestopoulos, Gündeger, and others. His most recent project is the research and revival of the classic Macedonian starogradski style of "chalgija" music.
James Stoyanoff and Orchestra Balkana will appear in the Friday evening event to entertain the crowd during the dance workshops and party.
Chris Bajmakovich and Muzika4U
Chris Bajmakovich is a talented young Macedonian-American musician who excels as a vocalist and as an accordionist. He was part of Ilija Ampevski's critically acclaimed ensemble which wowed the audience at the 2004 Chicago World Music Festival and is in demand around the US.
Chris Bajmakovich and Muzika4U will appear in the Saturday evening concert and party.
Angel Dobrev and Orchestra Balkanski Ritmi
Angel Dobrev, a master of the gadulka (rebec/vertical Bulgarian folk fiddle), is a native of Omurtag in the Thracian region of Bulgaria. He is a graduate of the famous Kotel Music School which trains folk musicians for the national ensemble and won the gold medal at the Gathering of Gadulka Players in Galabovo. He has toured with various ensembles including Ensemble Slanchev Bryag and in 2002 was a founding member of the Orchestra Balkanski Ritmi Bitov Orchestra consisting of professional folk musicians from Bulgaria had its US debut at the Chicago Spring Festival cosponsored by the International House, Center for Eastern European and Russian/Eurasian Studies, and the Ensemble Balkanske Igre.