The Teacher
 Michael Ginsburg

Michael Ginsburg has been teaching Balkan Dance workshops for fifty years, throughout the US and Canada.  He has been on the faculty of the EEFC Balkan Music and Dance Seminars in Mendocino, California, and in Rock Hill, NY, every year for over twenty years.  A regular dance teacher in New York City, he has given workshops in Switzerland, Israel, and Japan, and has taught extensively in Brazil and Germany.  He was also on the faculty of Goran Alacki's Macedonian Pearl Seminars in Berovo, Macedonia.

In addition, M
ichael is a fou
nding member and the lead trumpeter and musical director of Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band, which has made several trips to the Balkans.  They appear regularly in the New York area, and have performed in Brazil and Germany as well.  They represented the US in the first International Brass Band Competition in Guča, Serbia, and have also appeared at festivals in Serbia and Macedonia. Zlatne Uste was the subject of the acclaimed documentary "Brasslands".

The Band

Live music parties EVERY EVENING by members of the Pinewoods Band: 

Tom Pixton, Ralph Iverson, & Patrick Yacono!

 Tom, Ralph, and Patrick have been playing international dance music together for more than twenty years. In addition to their numerous independent musical activities in the Boston area, they have played for dance events across the US and Canada as part of the Pinewoods Band. 

Tom Pixton 

Tom Pixton (accordion, vocals) is one of Boston’s most active International, Balkan, and Scottish folk dance musicians. He has worked with many of today's most accomplished dance teachers and musicians as accordionist, pianist, band leader, music arranger, and CD producer. As a soloist or with the Pinewoods Band, he has provided dance music for dance camps, workshops, and special events in the US, Canada, and Japan. He has provided music leadership for the Boston Branch of the Royal Scottish Dance SocietyCambridge Revels, and the Folk Arts Center of New England. Tom is thrilled once again to be leading the live music at this year’s June Camp in DeKalb.

Ralph Iverson (violin, gadulka, tambura, kavalRalph Iverson started playing for international folk dancing in 1985.  He has been a member of many folk dance groups including Mandala Folk Dance Ensemble (orchestra director), Cambridge Folk Orchestra, Pinewoods Band, Pajdashi, Rakija, Zdravets, and Zornitsa. He plays many instruments including violin, gadulka, tambura, and penny whistle. Ralph also plays violin with the New England Philharmonic and with MIT Gilbert and Sullivan
Players. He recently submitted a winning composition for gadulka and accompaniment to a "7/8" competition in Bulgaria.

Patrick Yacono (clarinet, kaval, gajda, vocals
Patrick Yacono has been active in the Boston international folk dance music scene for many years. He currently plays in several bands, including the Cambridge Folk Orchestra, the Pinewoods Band, Rakiya, Shining Moon, Zdravets, and Zornitsa, performing frequently at folk dance events and festivals throughout New England, in addition to appearances elsewhere in the US, Canada, and Bulgaria. He currently teaches the instrumental section of the International Music Club, a group of musicians that meet and rehearse under the auspices of the Folk Arts Center of New England to play for folk dances. An accomplished pianist, Patrick earned his doctorate from Boston University in Collaborative Piano, writing his thesis on the songs of the Bulgarian composer Marin Goleminov, and performs frequently as a piano accompanist and as principal keyboard player of the New England Philharmonic. In his "spare time," Patrick works as a research assistant at the Harvard Medical School.

 YOU can also join the Band! Practice sessions will be scheduled during camp for a “Camper Band” who will join in for select numbers.  Please indicate your interest, instrument(s), and level with your registration and we will send music in advance in case you want to prepare!