SAVE THE DATE – MARCH 11, 2017 – STARRY MOUNTAIN SINGERS AND ORFEIA! The Starry Mountain Singers perform a wide range of traditional music from the U.S. and around the world. They have toured extensively with the world music ensembles Northern Harmony and Village Harmony, and members of the ensemble have worked with Meredith Monk and the Revels International, have performed on NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion and Mountain Stage, and include three members of the Brooklyn-based country band The Sweetback Sisters. They bring riveting harmonies to American and international folk music including gospel, shapenote, Appalachian, Bulgarian, Corsican and Georgian songs. Pete Sutherland of the Clayfoot Strutters said it best: “Everyone needs to make time to get the hell outta the house and hear this rockin’ bunch – your molecules will be rearranged.” See Calendar for details.
CONGRATULATIONS, TANYA! Our amazing director Tatiana Sarbinska was awarded the Honorary Medal of the President of Bulgaria for her contribution to arts and culture. The award was presented by Rosen Plevneliev, President of Bulgaria. БЪЛГАРИЯ СЕ ГОРДЕЕ С ТЕБ — Bulgaria is proud of you — and so are we!!
Благодаря – THANKS FOR CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF BALKAN VOCAL TRADITIONS WITH US. We had a wonderful time singing, wining (with Bulgarian wine from Todoroff Winery — наздраве!) and dining with everyone. Thanks to Ambassador Tihomir Stoychev for his good wishes.
ORFEIA ON “LIVE @ 5.” We had a great time at WPFW, 89.3 FM. Thanks to our wonderful hosts Luci Murphy and David Rabin for inviting us to spread the love for Balkan music.
ORFEIA IS ON AmazonSmile! You can help Orfeia every time you shop! Go to https://smile.amazon.com/ and choose Orfeia as your non-profit organization of choice — up to 0.5% of your purchase price will be donated to us! Please take a second to do this — we really need and appreciate your support.
TATIANA AND PIRIN ENSEMBLE – TOGETHER AGAIN! Our director, Tatiana Sarbinska, was 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.” Check out video of the gala concert here. And here’s a link to one of Tanya’s many television and radio appearances while she was in Bulgaria – the song is Lazhi Vere.
WE LOVE THE MUSIC, TOO! Thanks to Jerry, an audience member, for this lovely comment — we’re so glad you’re now a Bulgarian music fan! “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.”