The Baklava Guy
c/o Donald Vukovic
PO 20003
Boulder, Co 80308
(303) 818-3765

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Old World Culture and Events

Bulgaria in Boulder, 2012
September 29, 2012
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Bulgaria Comes to Boulder County:

Traditional Bulgarian Band, Kabile, to Perform in Boulder. One of Bulgaria's premier wedding bands has reunited after 14 years and is touring the U.S. The band, Kabile (pronounced KA-bee-lay), a group of six virtuoso performers of Bulgarian folk instruments and vocals from Thrace in Southern Bulgaria, will appear in Boulder at this festive event.

Come and enjoy the great rhythms of this culture, experience the sounds of centuries-old instruments, the colorful costumes, and lilting voices of this great band. Come and watch the dancers as they step into the rhythm of the music. Come and share in this great opportunity we have to visit Bulgaria right here in Boulder County.

Mediterranean Lamb Dinner & Dance
Saturday, September 29, 2012
Dinner & Dance $35 - 6:00pm
Dance (No Dinner) $15 - 8:00 - 11:00pm
Boulder Masonic Lodge, 2205 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302
(NW corner of Broadway and Pine St.)

Great food, joyous music, and everybody joining in the dance! Bulgaria in Boulder was a memorable experience for everyone.


This multi-talented group of six musicians from Thrace, in southern Bulgaria, played together for nearly 20 years until two key members emigrated to the U.S. in 1995, after the collapse of the various Communist regimes in Eastern Europe.

In late 2007, the two émigrés, Nikolay and Donka Koleva, returned to Bulgaria to record Kabile Reunion with their former band members and arrange for this U.S. tour. 'Kabile Traditional Wedding Band' was formed in 1978 and became one of the most popular bands in Thrace. Based in the city of Yambol, the group took its name from the village of Kabile, where they performed one of their earliest gigs. The group specializes in performing native music on traditional village instruments, resulting in an acoustic experience quite different from that played on Western instruments influenced by American jazz.

The band plays all the instruments of a traditional Bulgarian village band: The gaida, a bagpipe made of goat skin and pipes; the tapan, a large wooden drum covered with sheep or goat skin and played with two specially designed drumming sticks; the kaval, a wooden flute; the gadulka, a pear-shaped folk fiddle. As a "modern" addition (c. 1832), the Bulgarian folk band also includes the accordion.

Each of the band's six members serves as an outstanding representative of his or her musical specialty.

Dzhenko Andreev (gaida), a graduate of the Filip Koutev High School of Music in Kotel, Bulgaria, has been a member of the Sliven Ensemble for over 20 years and has toured with them internationally.

Ivan Handzhiev (vocals, accordion) is also a graduate of the Filip Koutev High School of Music and the Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts in Plovdiv. He served on the faculty of Filip Koutev High School as a music instructor for more than 25 years.

Nikolay Doktorov (kaval) is a graduate of the Filip Koutev High School of Music and the Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts. He serves on the faculty of the High School 'Anton Strashimirov' in Varna, Bulgaria, and conducts several regional ensembles in Varna.

Nikolay Kolev (gadulka) graduated from the prestigious Musical Folklore High School in Shiroka Luka. He is considered one of the foremost gadulka players in the world. He has played with various prize-winning ensembles and accompanied many well-known singers.

Donka Koleva also graduated from the Musical Folklore High School in Shiroka Luka and has performed with various ensembles. She has been a featured soloist on Bulgarian Radio and Television.

Since emigrating to the U.S. in 1995, Nikolay Kolev and Donka Koleva have played an active role in fostering Bulgarian music across the country. Based in New York City, they teach workshops in their respective fields and perform solo, together, and as a quartet with their two daughters.

KABILE U.S. TOUR SCHEDULE and links to MP3 samples: