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Bulgarian Dance and Music: Petur Iliev and Vassil Bebelekov

  Friday , Dec 3, 2004         12:00 PM

Event Details

Kolo dance workshop will be followed by live music for dancing.

Petur Iliev has been dancing & playing traditional Bulgarian music since age 12 when he joined his father's folk dance troupe in a village near Sophia. His father was a noted musician and dancer who perpetuated traditional Bulgarian music prior to its commercialization. Petur's mother was also a noted singer of traditional ballads.

Vassil Bebelekov plays the gaida, bagpipes. He was born in Dervin (Rhodope Mountains of Bulgaria). Village traditions, especially the majestic kaba gaida played by his grandfather, inspired Vassil to a life of folk music. Starting with Sto Kaba Gaida at age 11, he's performed with Ensemble Trakia, the Philipopolis Ensemble and recorded for Radio Sofia. More recently, he was the visiting professor in the Ethnomusicology Department at UCLA. Vassil lives in California where he makes gaidas and teaches.


Sarah Cahill and Kathleen Supové

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