Category Archives: TUPAN


Now is the time to bid on a very rare – only one known in existence – commemorative post stamp – The 3¢ “101 Kaba Gaidi & Tupani NY going to Verea 5 Chicago, 2015”. The post stamp was printed during the times of the People’s Republic of Bulgaria, in the mid ’60 of the last millennium. Due to several errors (at least considered as such at the time) in the text only one copy was printed. Starting bid : 101.00¢

In case you want to see the original for yourself – please, join 101 KABA GAIDI – New York at the 5th Bulgarian Folk Festival Verea – Chicago, April 24-26, 2015.

101 Kaba Gaidi & Tupani NY going to Verea 5 Chicago

101 Kaba Gaidi & Tupani NY playing this Wednesday, March 18 in Brooklyn, NY!

This Wednesday, March 18 at Freddy’s :

7:30 – 101 Kaba Gajdi & Tupani NY (Bulgarian): A universe of drums and bagpipes pumping it up Bulgarian style

8:00 – Odglasi (Echoes) (Macedonian): Brooklyn’s Macedonian string band plays powerful roots music as well as urbane city styles from a hundred years ago.

9:15 – Catherine Foster Brass Band (Balkan): All-women Balkan brass band.

Balkan-101 KGNY Freddys

Martenitsa WORKSHOP with YBVNY

Sunday, February 22, 2015,      1:00 PM      at  525 W 50th Street,     1st Floor,     New York, NY

On the first day of March, Bulgarians exchange and wear white and red tassels or small dolls called “Пижо и Пенда” (Pizho and Penda). The red and white woven threads symbolize the wish for good health. They are the heralds of the coming of spring in Bulgaria and life in general. In Bulgarian folklore the name Baba Marta (in Bulgarian баба Марта meaning Grandma March). Come and join us for our workshop and make yourself and your friends a wonderful present.

If come earlier, you can join our classes :

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM – Bulgarian Language and Choral Singing – for kids and young people

And for all ages :

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM – KABA GAIDA 
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM – TUPAN 
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Bulgarian Folk Dance
1:00 PM – “NA MEGDANA” – dancing to live music with 
101 KABA GAIDI – New York


Join us for the Kukeri Masks Workshop and then for the Kukeri Horo “Na Megdana” with 101 KABA GAIDI – New York 101 Tupani NY and the dancers from the Catherine Springer Dance workshop – together, lets scare away evil spirits and bring a good harvest, health, and happiness to the village of New York during the 2015 year! Bring your bells, “chanove” and home made noise making devices… and some earplugs – just in case…

Bulgarian TUPAN Class

Join the  Bulgarian Tupan Class taught by Ivaylo Koutchev at Young Bulgarian Voices New York and 101 Kaba Gaidi New York! 
Ivaylo Koutchev is a graduate of the Plovdiv Academy for Music and Dance, Bulgarian. Mr. Koutchev continued his professional path as a teacher of kaval (end-blown wooden flute) in the highly acclaimed Shiroka Luka Folk Music High School in Bulgaria. Equally masterful in tupan (bass drum of the Balkans), Mr. Koutchev has developed a unique style of presenting the traditional beats of Bulgarian folk music, for which he is highly regarded among his fellow musicians and students. Mr. Koutchev has taught and performed both kaval and tupan throughout Europe, Japan and the United States. Among Mr. Koutchev’s teaching engagements have been the weekly-long Balkan Music and Dance Workshops, organized by the East European Folklife Center in the US.
Currently Mr. Koutchev lives in New York City and performs Balkan music with different local groups.
Ivaylo Koutchev is an outstanding performer whose presentation is of the highest quality. The workshop in music, which he held with the members of the Princeton University Folk Culture Club was a special personal experience for everyone who took part in. He was able in a few short hours to teach to Americans of non-Bulgarian heritage traditional music and specific uneven Bulgarian rhythms. It was unforgettable evening for all of us.” (A. R. President of the Center for Bulgarian Culture in America).