When? 9th – 14th of August 2021

Where? Monastery Mekinje, Kamfest (Kamnik, Slovenia)

What?
Monday – Friday: Masterclass, Special Courses, Fiddle Gang Jam
Saturday: hiking, mentor’s concert, last party
(According to weather we can change the hiking day. In this case the program is moved to Saturday.)

Participants can choose from 2 programs:
Masterclass (advanced level, audition tape required)
Special Courses (medium-advanced level)

Our mission is:
– connecting European influential crossover fiddlers with more focus on the instrument specialities than at traditional Ethno
– to learn from specialized fiddlers for some region/style
– to give a chance to join professionals
– to join every day’s ‘Fiddle Gang Jam’, with the set list known in advance, organized rhythm section and provided materials
– experiencing every day’s spontaneous jam sessions

Fiddle Gang Jam
There will be a Godalkanje tent at the festival Kamfest in the downtown of Kamnik, reserved only for Balkan Fiddle Gate participant’s performing. Every evening’s Fiddle Gang Jam and the mentor’s concert. Rather than preparing a concert production, we will include the learned materials in the ‘Fiddle Gang Jam’ every day. Special Courses mentors will be curators of Fiddle Gang Jam’s line-up and set list. We will hire some professionals as a rhythm section. 1 hour set. After that, a free jam.
8PM – Fiddle Gang Jam
9PM – free jam session

Participation & Lodging

All participants will live and practice in the Monastery Mekinje, 15 minutes walk from Kamnik down-town.

Participation fee:
usual participation fee: 210 €
special price for 2021 (the festival pays 1/3): 140 €
one day boarding (one Masterclass and one Special Courses session): 40 €

If you would like to contribute to our project, support the arts and feel you can afford to give more money, we would be happy if you consider paying the solidarity price within your financial possibilities of your own choice. With this solidarity fee, you help us continue to offer events for a wide range of young musicians at an affordable price….

Accommodation and food (special price for the Balkan Fiddle Gate):
Monday, 9. 8. (lunch) – Saturday, 14. 8. (breakfast): 170 €
coming earlier or staying longer:
20 € – accomodation with breakfast
27 € – half pension
32 € – full pension

Saturday: one free hot meal at the festival Kamfest

Dates: 9th – 14th of August 2021
Location: Monastery Mekinje, Kamfest (Kamnik, Slovenia)

  • limited to 12 participants
  • participants learn 5 tunes in advance
  • for advanced level only
  • every morning 3 x 50 minutes sessions: ornamentation, variation, accompaniment
  • free, but not obligatory participation to afternoon’s tune-learning sessions ‘Special Courses’
  • rehearsals for projects in the afternoon

10 AM – ornamentation
11 AM – accompaniment
12 AM – language (style, variation, improvisation, vocabulary implementation)