The Great Hall of the House of National Minorities, Prague, Czech Republic
In mid-May 2015 association Zaedno organized as a part of the Music and Memory project a unique workshop on Bulgarian folk music and singing.
The seminar lector was the well-known ethnomusicologist Veselka Toncheva, who arrived from Bulgaria especially for the case. Doc. Veselka Tončeva, Ph.D. is an ethnomusicologist from the Institute of Ethnology and folklore, Ethnographic Museum at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Her current research interests include the traditional Bulgarian folklore and music, as well as the culture of ethnic and confessional communities in Bulgaria and the Balkans.
The seminar introduced to the Central European public the Bulgarian traditional music and its specific rhythms and phrasing in the context of the Balkan folklore. For participants who does not speak Bulgarian language a song-book with lyrics in Latin alphabet was prepared. The simultaneous translation of the seminar was provided by Marie Selingerová. She also moderated the event in beautiful Bulgarian folk costume.
The Great Hall of the House of National Minorities in Prague was full. In the seminar took part around 80 people from the general public, students, members of our association, etc. But also was attended by many experts (musicologists, ethnographers and musicians). The lector presented different folklore areas and there specified music. The presentation was accompanied by music samples. The entire group also sang together and learned on practice one song from each area. At the end of the event we learned a traditional folklore dance “choro” with members of the folklore ensemble Balgari. Then there was nearly hour-long discussion with a lot of professional and lay queries.
The seminar was supported also by the Czech Ministry of Culture.