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Istanbul Restaurant and Patisserie
North Brunswick , NJ
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Join us for an evening of Balkan hospitality, authentic food and irresistible dancing to the live music of worldclass musicians.
BULGARIKA members include:
Nikolay Kolev (gadulka), Donka Koleva (vocals)
with special guests from Bulgaria:
Temelko Ivanov (kaval), Nikolay Kodjabashev (tambura)


Nikolay Kolev (gadulka) a native of the Thracian Rose Valley village of Karavelovo, has been playing gadulka since age 10.  After graduating from the National School of Folk Arts in Shiroka Luka, Bulgaria, he performed for three years with the Sliven Folk Dance and Music Ensemble. In 1984 he founded the orchestra "Sopot,"  in 1985 the wedding-music ensemble "Rozova Dolina," and in 1992 the prize-winning ensemble "Balkanski Glasove."  In 1994 and 1995 Balkanski Glasove took first prizes at the Varna Festival.  Nikolay has accompanied many well-known Bulgarian singers, including Vulkana Stojanova, Roumen Rodopski and Todor Kozhuharov. In 1999, Nikolay was the first Bulgarian to be recognized by the Slavic Heritage Council of America for his outstanding contributions to music.

Donka Koleva (vocals) is a native of the village of Tuzha in the Stara Zagora region of Thrace. She graduated from the National School of Folk Arts in Shiroka Luka, Bulgaria, and performed for three years with the Sliven Folk Dance and Music Ensemble. She was director of the Folk Song Chorus of Sopot, has been a featured soloist on Bulgarian Radio-TV, has participated in numerous singing competitions in Bulgaria and Europe, and has been featured on numerous recordings. In 1997 her recording of Javore was named "Song of the Year" in the Bulgarian national radio competition. Since immigrating to the U.S., she has taught and performed widely across North America, both privately and at numerous camps, festivals and other events. In addition to her vocal talents Donka serves as Bulgarika's business manager and has organized 12 national tours for the bands Kabilé, Cherven Traktor, Bulgarika, and the Kolev Family Ensemble.

Temelko Ivanov (kaval) has been a musician with the State Folk Ensemble Trakia since 1996.  He graduated with honors from the National School of Music and Dance "Philip Koutev" (1990) and the Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts  Plovdiv (2000) with specialties in Conducting and Music Pedagogy.  He subsequently received a Master of Arts degree in Performance Arts (2008) from the Academy in Plovdiv.  He has served as a lecturer and jury panelist at multiple folklore seminars and competitions in Bulgaria.

Nikolay Kodzhabashev (tambura) is a soloist with the Sliven Folk Dance and Music Ensemble (Slivern, Bulgara) and a member of the Perla folk band (tambura, guitar).  He graduated from XI High School K.Konstantinov in Sliven (2005) with a Music profile and from the Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts  Plovdiv (2010).  He received a Master of Arts degree in Performance Arts (2011) from the Academy in Plovdiv.  He received multiple awards in youth music competitions and First Award of The National Folk Competition for Tambura Performers Rusko Stefanov in 2007 and 2009.

Freshly baked Turkish bread;
Mediterranean salad;
Main course (gyro and chicken shish) served with white rice, bulgur and black olives;
(Vegetarian alternative is "veggie gyuvech". Please, let us know if you are opting for it).
Dessert and soft drink.

This is a tabled event and space is limited. For questions, please write to (Albena & Valentin).


Istanbul Restaurant and Patisserie (View)
1000 Aaron Rd.
North Brunswick , NJ 08902
United States

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Owner: Bulgarian Dine and Dance
On BPT Since: Jun 24, 2014
Bulgarian Dine and Dance

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