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Yves Moreau

En 1966, à l'âge de 17 ans, Yves Moreau se rend en Bulgarie fasciné par le folklore des Balkans. Lors de ses déplacements à travers le pays, il enregistre sur pellicule et bandes sonores plusieurs danseurs, chanteurs et instrumentistes et y apprend à parler le bulgare . Il participe également à de nombreux stages de formation ainsi qu'à des festivals traditionnels en Roumanie, Serbie, Macédoine, Croatie, Grèce et Turquie.

Récipiendaire de l'Ordre culturel de Cyrille et Méthode (1er degré) pour son travail, il parcourt toujours le monde pour diriger des ateliers et conférences sur la danse traditionnelle bulgare, balkanique et québécoise. Des milliers d'adeptes de la danse folklorique ont participé à ses ateliers à travers le Canada et les États-Unis ainsi qu'en Australie, Nouvelle-Zélande, Hong Kong, Singapour, Taiwan, Thailande, Japon, Mexique, Brésil, Israël, Belgique, France, Suisse, Royaume-Uni, Pays-Bas, Allemagne, Suède, Norvège, Autriche, Italie, Hongrie et Slovénie.

 
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This will be a great occasion for me to create a link between musicians and dancers who are Balkan aficionados. There are many excellent Balkan dancers in Montreal but they seldom get a chance to dance to live music. There are also some wonderful talented musicians who need to develop a basic common dance repertoire which they can play at dance parties, etc. In my teaching, I stress the importance for dancers to be “musical” about their dancing. Their body
is their musical instrument. Dancers and musicians need to be able to better identify the common ingredients which will bring about those unique and memorable moments. I am thrilled to participate in the first edition of the Montreal BalkanFest and to work together with such talented people as Eva Salina and Sergiu Popa.”

Sergiu Popa

Sergiu Popa, originally from Moldova, has become an important part of Montreal's world-music scene since his arrival in 2002. A Conservatory-trained virtuoso accordionist from a Roma family dynasty of musicians, he is a specialist in the traditional music of SouthEastern Europe. As well, he has absorbed a wide variety of influences from the worlds of jazz, Latin, and Middle-Eastern music. A sought-after teacher of accordion, he has offered workshops at CAMMAC, KlezKanada, Django in June, and the EEFC’s Balkan Camp.

Winner of the Radio Canada Étoiles Galaxie prize (2007), the first Prix Diversité (2008), and finalist at the national Roland V-accordion competition (2009, 2013), Sergiu has performed and recorded as a soloist, and toured Quebec's major festivals and Maisons de la culture. A frequent guest artist and collaborator with other local artists such as SoCalled, Kaba Horo, Yves Lambert, Paul Audy and OktoEcho, Sergiu has released two solo albums, Obsession Accordéon (2006) and Tous en accord (2014), as well as an instructional DVD, Gypsy & East European Accordion with Sergiu Popa (2010).

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Eva Salina

California-grown, Brooklyn-based Eva Salina is a groundbreaking interpreter of Balkan Romani songs. Raised in the US Balkan Diaspora, Eva's mentors are some of the greatest living Balkan musicians. Eva’s rich, supple voice moves effortlessly through the intricate and demanding expression of Romani songs, intertwining vintage pop songs with her singular interpretations. A passionate activist for dialogue and mutual understanding, and an advocate for women in traditional and traditionally-based music, Eva is committed to a life of collaboration and evolving musical traditions. .