Macedonian and Balkan Folk Music

Macedonian Postcards Episode 51 published

June 7, 2022

Dragi and I are back with a new podcast for you in our series of expanded discussions for each of the 54 songs in his 3-CD set: Episode 51: Ori mome, lastar mome. Another song from the Tetovo area, originally sung by Olga Sičan, about a girl who cannot marry due to a death in the family. Dragi talks about these customs.

PDF download of Dragi Spasovski's songbook available; CD price cut

March 29, 2022

Macedonian Folk Songs from the Repertoire of Dragi Spasovski Volume 1 is now available as a pdf download. Thanks to all who purchased the hard copy edition, which has sold out. Additionally, we are offering Dragi's three CD set individually for half price, and the complete set for over 60% off.

ePub version of Mastering Thracian Kaval Ornamentation published

August 28, 2021

Izvor Music is releasing an ePub version of Lyuben Dossev's Mastering Thracian Kaval Ornamentation: A Handbook It has the same content as the book (which is out of print). The audio files are embedded in the ePub and are juxtaposed to their relevant notation example. It is also a "reflow" EPUB, which means it can be resized to your preference.

If you have already purchased a copy of the book, you are entitled to a free copy of the ePub. (If you haven't already received an e-mail from Izvor Music about this, please write to me via the contact form.) Otherwise, you can get more details here and purchase it here.

Izvor Music launches second YouTube channel

July 12, 2021

We've launched a second YouTube channel, featuring Michael Lawson and David Bilides as "Osem i Devet." Guests include Dina Trageser, Tedy Dimitrova, Dragi Spasovski, violinist Miamon Miller, and bassist Janie Cowan. The music is from Macedonia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia, and Romania. We will be making more videos, so subscribe to the channel to get notified of new releases.

Izvor Music launches YouTube channel

June 28, 2020

With the pandemic leading to all shows cancelled for the foreseeable future, we pivoted and started a video channel on YouTube. Our first offering features Dragi Spasovski singing "Tvojte oči, Leno, mori." We will be making more videos, so subscribe to the channel to get notified of new releases.

Ludmil Krumov and Osem i Devet

February 6, 2020

Ludmil Krumov photo

A rare double-billing!

Ludmil Krumov, musician and composer for Kaval Park, will play at 7 PM with Vasil Denev (kaval), Rossen Atanassov (drums) and Dimitar Toromanov (bass guitar). One-time appearance only!

More info: Seattle meets The Hague - Balkan jazz style

8 PM: Michael "Osem" Lawson and David "Devet" Bilides will play for your dancing and dining pleasure. Vocalists are Tedy Dimitrova and Dina Trageser.


Ludmil Krumov and Osem i Devet
Saturday, February 8, 2020

7:00 - 10:00 pm
Stone Way Cafe
3510 Stone Way
Seattle, WA
Suggested donations: $10 (all proceeds go to the musicians).


Dragi Spasovski and Macedonian All Stars at Balkanalia

July 18, 2018

Dragi Spasovski singing class photo

Spend a long weekend immersed in Balkan music and dance, with friends from the Pacific Northwest and beyond. This is a unique opportunity to enjoy three idyllic days with an incredible gathering of campers, musicians, dancers and singers. Beginners and families are welcome!If you are new to Balkan music, this camp provides a fantastic introduction.

Dancing and singing classes are accessible to beginners, but if you prefer, you can spend the day playing soccer or lounging on the beach of the Sandy River. If you want to share your love of Balkan music and dance with your children, this is a wonderful opportunity to include them in the "village" experience of a residential camp. Beginners of all ages will find this camp welcoming and inclusive.

In addition to Dragi Spasovski, there will be music and dance classes from Bulgaria and Romania, plus singing and instrument workshops.


Dragi Spasovski and the Macedonian All Stars
Labor Day Weekend, August 31 to September 3, 2018

Camp Angelos
32149 SE Stevens Rd
Corbett, OR
Tuition before July 31: $365 for adults, $185 for ages 17 and younger, and under 5 is free!
Registration is available online.


Osem i Devet with Dragi Spasovski and Dina Trageser, June 23 in Seattle

June 17, 2018

Osem i Devet with Dragi and Dina photo

Start your summer with some beautiful Macedonian songs & dances with singers Dragi Spasovski and Dina Trageser. Michael Lawson on accordion and David Bilides on tapan. The bellydancer will be Nadira. Good food, good times!


Osem i Devet with Dragi Spasovski and Dina Trageser
Saturday, June 23, 2018
7:00pm to 10:00pm

Georgia's Greek Restaurant
323 NW 85th St
Seattle, WA 98117
Reservations a must for this intimate venue: 206-783-1228


Osem i Devet with Dina Trageser, December 16, Vancouver, BC

December 4, 2017

Osem i Devet with Dina Trageser photo

Join Osem i Devet — Michael Lawson on accordion and David Bilides on tapan — with special guest Dina Trageser on vocals at an international folk dance winter party in Vancouver, BC. The 3 of us are planning a night of great dance tunes with lots of gorgeous vocals. Come listen, dance, and enjoy food and drinks supplied by the Vancouver International Folk Dancers.


Osem i Devet with Dina Trageser
Saturday, December 16, 2017
7:30pm to 11:00pm

Moberly Arts and Cultural Centre
7646 Prince Albert St.
Vancouver, BC


Osem i Devet with Teodora Dimitrova, March 20 at Stone Way Cafe

March 1, 2017

Osem i Devet with Teodora Dimitrova photo

Join Osem i Devet — Michael Lawson on accordion and David Bilides on tapan — with special guest Teodora Dimitrova on vocals at the Stone Way Cafe in Seattle. The 3 of us are planning a night of great dance tunes with lots of gorgeous vocals. We're going to include easy dances and we'll have quick teaching by Sydney Deering, so everyone can join in. Come listen, learn some fun dances, and enjoy food and drinks from the cafe's menu.


Osem i Devet with Teodora Dimitrova
Saturday, March 20, 2017
7:30pm to 9:30pm

Balkan Dance Cafe @ Stone Way Cafe
3510 Stone Way N
Seattle, WA 98103
$5.00 donation, more or less as you wish


Dragi Spasovski, Chris Bajmakovich, Vlado Pupinoski at Balkan Night Northwest March 4

February 15, 2017

26 bands on 3 three stages! Join Dragi Spasovski with an izvoren set, the Bulgarian Voices of Seattle with some Pirin songs, and special guest musicians from Pennsylvania, at the 6th annual Balkan Night Northwest.


Balkan Night Northwest
Saturday, March 4, 2016
3:00pm to midnight

St. Demetrios Hall
2100 Boyer Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112
Tickets: $25.00, $15.00, $10.00
More information can be found on the BNNW website.


Osem i Devet performs in Vancouver, B.C. December 3

November 30, 2016

Join the Vancouver International Folk Dancers at their annual Christmas party, with live music by Osem i Devet (Michael Lawson on accordion and David Bilides on tapan), with special guest vocalist Dina Trageser.


Christmas Party
Saturday, December 3, 2016 7:00pm
Moberly Arts Community Centre
7646 Prince Albert St
Vancouver, BC V2X 2P7
$CAN 15.00


Stefče Stojkovski & Dragi Spasovski perform in Vancouver, B.C. Nov. 26

November 16, 2016

Stefče Stojkovski

You are invited to a wonderful evening of Macedonian music starting with a delicious dinner at the Balkanika European Food Restaurant, followed by music with Stefče Stojkovski, master musician from Skopje, Macedonia, accompanied by Dragi Spasovski on vocals, Michael Lawson on accordion, David Bilides on tambura, and Rumen Sali Shopov on percussion, from San Francisco.


Makedonska zabava
Saturday, November 26, 2016 7:00pm
Balkanika European Food Restaurant
20110 Lougheed Highway
Vancouver, BC V2X 2P7
$CAN 38.00


Stefče Stojkovski performs in Vancouver, B.C. November 19

November 16, 2016


On Saturday, November 19, 2016 Stefče Stojkovski, will perform at a special event in Vancouver, BC. The show, Balkan Roots, features 4 of the best Balkan bands in Vancouver, accompanied by Stefče. He will be joined by David Bilides from Seattle.

The evening will offer a wide cross section of traditional Balkan music, with a focus on Macedonia. Stefce will be playing some solo songs and also alongside each of the bands/groups/individuals. The groups are:

Grupa Dunbarov — Members of Grupa Dunbarov started playing music of the Balkans together over 20 years ago, having developed their interest in the music through folk dancing. Grupa Dunbarov plays music of Bulgaria, Macedonia, northern Greece, and a bit of Serbia and Romania, in both traditional and contemporary styles.

Zlatna Mountain — Zlatna Mountain is 4 vocalists from Vancouver. These four women combine their powerful voices in new arrangements of Macedonian and other Balkan folk melodies.

Stari Zvuci

Djeram Tamburitza Band — Djeram is a Vancouver-based band formed in 2015, dedicated to fostering and promoting tamburitza music in Canada. Firmly rooted in the tamburitza tradition and culture, using authentic instrumentation and arrangements, Djeram covers a wide range of genres, from traditional folk music of south-western Balkans to classical masterpieces.


Balkan Roots
Saturday, November 19, 2016 7:00pm (doors), 8:00pm (music)
Wise Hall
1882 Adanac St
Vancouver, BC
$CAN 30.00