ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

RUTH HUNTER has been an active participant at the Mendocino Balkan Music and Dance Camps since the early '80s, and has been a resident of the Pacific Northwest since 1998. "I always felt that there was such a long empty space after New Year's but before Balkan Camp time and felt that we should create an event to liven things up in the spring!" Ruth plays Greek and Balkan music in DrĂ³meno with her husband Christos and their kids, and she directs the youth choir at Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Seattle.

CHRISTOS GOVETAS moved to this country in his teens, where he discovered his love of traditional music and went on to learn regional music from all over Greece, and beyond. Christos brings his 30 years of performing experience and dedication for the dissemination of the culture and traditions of the balkans and is a beloved teacher in many music and dance workshops. He has performed and toured extensively in the US, Canada, Europe and Greece. Christos is the 1999 recipient of the prestigious Northwest Folklife Fellowship Award honoring his cultural contribution to the Greek-American and Folk dance communities.

JOHN MOROVICH is a musical leader in the Pacific Northwest, having worked with many folklore ensembles across the US and Canada. He plays tamburica, sings, teaches singing, music and dancing and brings a vibrant and enthusiastic presence into whatever he does. He is currently the artistic director for the Seattle Junior Tamburitzans. Through his many years in the Seattle area, John has developed relationships with musicians and cultural groups from across the Balkans, giving him a unique ability to bring people together.

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