Macedonian and Balkan Folk Music

Izumi Fairbanks

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Izumi Fairbanks lived in Turkey and Japan and began studying folk music after moving to Seattle in the mid-2000’s. She has traveled to Georgia, Turkey, Bulgaria and Brazil to learn, and often takes lessons from visiting masters. She enjoys playing percussion and string instruments (tapan/davul, doli, baglama, panduri, kemence, gŭdulka) while continuing to study Bulgarian folk music with Alexander Eppler.

She sings in the Georgian polyphonic choir “onefourfive” and plays doli and panduri and also plays tŭpan with “Bulgarian Folk Music Group – Alexander Eppler.” She frequently collaborates with the Anadolu Folkdancers group where she danced and performed for three seasons.