Mission and team


Mission

Our mission is to make the Rhodopean Kaba Gaida and folklore available for more people, educating in human values trough traditions and music. We believe that diversity in music is essential for our society and the Rhodopean Kaba Gaida and folkore are important and significant part of that diversity of unique cultural tradition worldwide.


Projects

Platform for training in Kaba Gaida (Both in Sofia and online)

Build a worldwide community for kaba gaida fellows (in Sofia and abroad) and enable people to make a normal living by working as a Kaba Gaida player/teacher or maker.

 


Introducing the Rhodopean Kaba Gaida on the international cultural stage with our band Kaynak

Kaba Gaida and Folklore for Kids


The Team

Even so we work out of the motherland of the Kaba Gaida we respect and believe that the sound of Kaba Gaida played in the Rhodope mountain is unique and every Kaba Gaida player should know this from personal experience.

There are many people backing up the project. Special thanks to Yanko Marangozov, Nikolay Belyashki, Valentina Dobreva and many many more.

However there are two friends and Kaba Gaida pipers most active on the projects: Kostadin Gerdzhikov and Cvetelin Andreev.

Kostadin has been playing the gaida since he was 10 years old. He was inspired to start by his cousin Nikolay Beliashki who at the moment is a renown gaida player and maker. The greatest musical influences upon him were his first teacher Kostadin Ilchev and the famous traditional players from the village of Gela. In 2014 he won the first price of the National Competititon for kaba bagpipers in the village of Gela. For years he has been playing authentic folklore with different groups at festivals in Bulgaria and abroad. He is one of the few most dedicated people on earth teaching more than 20 students and children worldwide.
https://www.facebook.com/kostadin.gerdjikov

Cvetelin plays Bulgarian Kaba Gaida since 2005 year. Since then, together with Kostadin and Yanko participates in a bagpipe band KabaGaida.Com Band where he performs on weddings, events and festivals. He is a passionate trainer, teaching kids and adults both in Bulgaria and abroad. In 2010 Cvetelin participates in the Danube Music Festival as a first price winner of the festival competition where he performs on Kaba Gaida with world-famous musicians like Carlos Nunes, Theodosii Spassov, etc.

Besides that, Cvetelin has been involved in technology startups since 2003 year acting as founder, partner and occasionally Java Full Stack software developer. Currently Full Stack @ DreamixFounder of OfficeInTheWoods.com, loves to travel. Helps @ OmniMom. Practices sustainable gardening and lifestyle. Runs a kindergarten. Father of two daughters.

Yanko with us before the beginning!  He is our band leader, dirigent and composer. He always selects the best composition for each particular scenario and puts everything into place. His incredible awareness of the current moment always helps us perform at our best.


Valentina Dobreva is the person who help us bulid the base of the music scores. She is a singer, participates in Tupani I Gaidi band and teaches folklore singing to children 

Nikolay is our leading light when it comes to kaba gaida. When we have doubt we always ask him for help and advice. He always stays true to the kaba gaida and its meaningful traditions.


 

Join the team

Every Monday and Tuesday 19:00 next to Billa next to Pliska hotel, Sofia, Bulgaria we give lessons, and we have a group practice which is open to the public. Just bring your good mood and maybe beer/wine. If you want to play your are more than welcome. If you want to join the KabaGaida.Com team here is what we need:

  • Online store manager - Someone who manage the stores, promotions, contact resellers and make up a strategy.

  • Newsletter and social marketing guru - somebody to make people interested in the gaida by serving them good content.

  • PR of the band - somebody who can arrange concerts. performances, tours around the world and make good presentations of the band

  • Designer - somebody who can make web sites and design visual materials

  • Somebody who can make good photos, videos

  • Translator

  • Somebody who wants to travel around Rhodope mountain and gather and digitize kaba gaida traditions.

KabaGaida.Com Landing Page




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