Off The Beaten Path

Composers' residency

"The Path is Yours" is a three-part initiative of the Off the Beaten Path Foundation in Bulgaria, which will address the following challenges of the music sector:

1. Support for emerging composers from Bulgaria

The Off the Beaten Path Foundation is launching a new program that will provide week-long residencies to three emerging composers from Bulgaria at the Fifth Edition of the Off the Beaten Path Chamber Music Festival in the village of Kovachevitsa in August 2023. The resident composers will work closely with the Off the Beaten Path chamber music festival musicians and write three new works for chamber ensembles inspired by the history, traditions, and magnificent nature of the Rhodope mountains. This year’s participants are Lora Al Ahmad, Svetlin Hristov and Peter Kerkelov.

2. Access to music education for young people from diverse backgrounds in the municipalities of Garmen and Gotse Delchev, Southwestern Bulgaria

The Foundation will expand its music education program by offering a week-long summer music camp for children of all ages in mid-July 2023. The event will be free of charge and open to children in Southwestern Bulgaria with a focus on bringing kids from diverse backgrounds together through singing a variety of repertoire as well as interactive musical activities and community-building performances. At the end of the camp, participants will present two community concerts.

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3. Audience expansion

Classical music is rarely heard live in Southewestern Bulgaria. Therefore, the Foundation will organize two special community outreach concerts (one for children and one for adults) in the town of Gotse Delchev as part of the Off the Beaten Path Festival’ 2023 edition to reach new audiences from the surrounding communities. The audience will hear unique chamber music programs showcasing the connections between Western European form and Eastern European folklore and the importance of folk tradition in developing compositional language in Europe. The young people’s concert will focus on age-appropriate material and interactive audience engagement. Performers will include renowned musicians from around the world.

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