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Week 3: Eastern European and Balkan Gypsy & Folk Music

Includes Gypsy Songs Day

Tutor: Gundula Gruen

Experience gypsy cultures by learning Balkan and Eastern European Folk and Gypsy tunes.

Session times 10.30-3.30pm daily (Social until 6pm) Performance Friday 6.30pm

Who is it for?

  • All ages – from 13 upwards
  • Instrumentalists – players of any melody and chord instruments
  • Ability level: Intermediate to advanced. You need to be fluent in keys up til 4 sharps/flats.  As a guide: Grade 5 or above. Experience in Balkan/Eastern European music is not necessary.
  • You are interested in learning some new tunes, learning a bit about other cultures, and having fun!

What will we do?

  • We will learn Balkan and Eastern European  folk and Gypsy tunes, partly by ear, partly from sheet music
  • We will dive into embellishments, phrasing and tonalities
  • We will delve into accompaniments, including chords, rhythms, & techniques
  • You will have the opportunity to jam and improvise

About the Tutor

Gundula Gruen

Gundula is a violinist and singer, whose study and passion encompass Gypsy and folk music from Eastern Europe and the Balkans. In the last 20 years, she gained recognition not only as a lead performer with her group Tatcho Drom and the founder/director of the London Gypsy Orchestra, but also as a Gypsy/Eastern European/Balkan music specialist, composer and as a creator of musical art projects, which inspire many people to actively take part.

She has performed at art centres, festivals, and for serious occasions in the UK and abroad, being featured in Music documentary such as ‘How Music Works’ (Channel 4) and TRT Turkish television, and been a guest on many world music radio programs with BBC, Resonance and local stations. Gundula has also published the ‘Gypsy Music Collection’ book and audio CD with 65 pieces from Eastern Europe and the Balkans. Her newest album ‘The Devil’s Lentil Soup’ has acclaimed great reviews from Songlines, Froots  and other publications.

Gundula originally studied classical violin in Germany, and continued after reaching the degree with jazz post-grad studies. She travelled extensively and collected music from all over Eastern Europe and the Balkans.


Starts: 18th August 2014 10:30 am
Ends: 23rd August 2014 3:30 pm


£349 for the week (includes Songs Workshop Saturday 23rd August)

£100 deposit required

Call 020 7254 4097 to pay by credit card or online via “Book Now” link

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Vortex Jazz Club
11 Gillett Square, London, N16 8AZ
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