TATIANA AND PIRIN ENSEMBLE – TOGETHER AGAIN! Tatiana has been invited as an honored guest for the 60th anniversary celebration of the Pirin Ensemble in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria! Bulgarian National Radio says “The Pirin Ensemble, established in 1954, is one of the most popular messengers of Bulgarian folklore across the globe. The formation’s singers, instrumentalists and dancers have presented their impressive shows in dozens of countries.”
THE BALKAN SONGBOOK PROJECT – Thank you for supporting our Indiegogo campaign! We made our initial goal! We’re excited about producing the Balkan Songbook and learning CD, curated and recorded by our fabulous director Tatiana Sarbinska. You can still support the project! See our Donate and Balkan Songbook pages for more information about the songbook and learning CD. The Songbook will help us raise operating funds to continue our mission of sharing this beautiful music far and wide.
ARTSCAPE BALTIMORE, July 20, 2014. Artscape was, as always, spectacular. Let’s hear it for Baltimore and the many wonderful people who make Artscape happen, and all the enthusiastic people who come out for this great festival! We loved singing in beautiful Corpus Christi Church and were delighted to appear before such a great audience.
EUROPEAN UNION EMBASSIES OPEN HOUSE. A highlight of Washington, D.C.’s Europe Week is the embassies’ open house, offering the public a unique opportunity to see these magnificent buildings and experience the culture and heritage of the nations of Europe. We had a wonderful time at the Bulgarian Embassy, singing and dancing and talking about Bulgaria — and our Shop costumes were very photogenic!
WE LOVE THE MUSIC, TOO! Thanks to Jerry, a recent audience member, for this lovely comment — we’re so glad you’re now a Bulgarian music fan — that’s our goal! “I was so impressed and even found myself thinking about the songs and the enthusiasm of your program the following day . . . your delightful blend of voices and hearty portrayal of the music and customs of Bulgaria. I was simply wowed! Thank you so much for such a lovely performance and introduction to the music of Bulgaria.”
AN AMAZING TEN DAYS IN BULGARIA. Performances on the Slavi Show (Bulgaria’s most popular late-night television show), on Bulgarian National Radio, and in Sofia, Chepelare, Plovdiv and Momchilovitsi. Check out our Facebook page for video and photographs! And click here for a segment on us in Temata na Nova on Bulgarian television. Many thanks to the St. George Foundation and Dr. George Lazarov for their generous sponsorship of the tour, to Tatiana Sarbinska, Petya and Ivan Todoroff, and Dr. Zvezdomir Zamfirov for their remarkable hospitality, and to Svitanya Eastern European Women’s Vocal Ensemble from Philadelphia and Divi Zheni from Boston for joining in this wonderful experience.