Macedonian and Balkan Folk Music
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Izvor Music was formed in 1996 by David Bilides initially to facilitate the publishing of a book of Macedonian folk songs. “Izvor” means “source”, as in a well or spring, and the sources for Izvor Music are Macedonia, Bulgaria, the Balkans and the cultures that have influenced their music. This is a musically rich and varied area, and Izvor Music’s focus is the folk music of the region.

The navigation menu at the top of each page will take you to the different areas of this site. Besides perusing the Izvor Music-related items found on the News page, you can...

  • ...see the five books currently published, including Macedonian and Bulgarian songs and kaval ornamentation, on the Books page.
  • ...listen to sound clips of Macedonian and Bulgarian CDs on the CDs page.
  • ...buy those books and CDs on the Shop page.
  • ...listen to podcasts of Dragi Spasovski's 54 songs from his 3-CD set on the Podcasts page.
  • ...download transcribed Macedonian and Bulgarian music pieces plus their related sound files on the Music page.
  • ...read about some of the people who have contributed to Izvor Music on the Bios page.
  • ...find links to musical groups, radio shows, materials, and general information related to Macedonian, Bulgarian and Balkan folk music on the Links page.

I enjoy hearing from people, and you can reach me via the Contact page.