SINGING ON THE HILL. We had a great time at the Hill Center DC. Thanks to Jim Thomson and the Hill Center staff for hosting a delightful concert. Be sure to check out the rest of the Global Sounds – Multiflora Music Festival world music series.
EAST MEETS EAST IN BALTIMORE! We had a great 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, our award-winning director, 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 to say “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!!