Честита Баба Марта! Chestita Baba Marta! Time to welcome Grandmother Martha (March) and spring. Be sure to wear your martenitsas until the first storks arrive! Learn more about this Bulgarian tradition.
LOOKING FORWARD TO LANCASTER. We’re excited to be performing at the Festival of Voices 2018 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania on March 24. You can sing, too — we’ll doing a workshop. Hope we see you there — it’s a great celebration of vocal music.
CHILDREN’S WORKSHOPS AND PERFORMANCE. The kids sounded amazing and sang before a full house at the Botev Academy. Check out our Facebook page and the Botev Academy Facebook page for photos! Here’s a sample of what they learned, sung by two of the participants!
THANK YOU, MONTGOMERY COUNTY for your support of the arts. Check us out on the Executive Ball thank-you video for Catherine and Ike Leggett.
SINGING ON THE HILL. Jim Thomson and the Hill Center hosted a wonderful concert at a great venue. Be sure to hear the rest of the Global Sounds – Multiflora Music Festival world music series — and, of course, there are always good things happening at the Hill Center.
EAST MEETS EAST IN BALTIMORE! We had an amazing time making beautiful music with Alash and Shodekeh before an enthusiastic audience of world music fans at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson. Catch Alash when they appear at the Freer-Sackler Museums in Washington, D.C. as part of Illuminasia – A Festival of Asian Arts, Food and Cultures.
TANYA ON THE JUDGES PANEL. Tatiana Sarbinska joined other luminaries of Bulgarian traditional music to judge the bi-annual “New Music in 7/8” competition held in Chepelare, Bulgaria. 7/8 is one of the most characteristic of Bulgarian traditional music’s unique rhythms. Check out the competition!
CONGRATULATIONS, TANYA! Tatiana Sarbinska was awarded the Honorary Medal of the President of Bulgaria for her contribution to Bulgarian 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!!
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A NEW BULGARIAN MUSIC FAN! Ansu emailed us, “Your performance at the Embassy of Bulgaria for #EUOpenHouse was entrancing. I especially liked your explanation of dissonance and rhythm in the Bulgarian folk compositions, that helped us appreciate what we were hearing even more. I loved the slightly eastern-tonality of your pieces. I look forward to attending more performances. People literally stopped in their tracks on the street to listen to you…outstanding harmonies and unusual, stimulating sound. Great job you all! I posted about you on Twitter.” Thanks!!