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OCTOBER 15, 2017 – CATCH US ON CAPITOL HILL.  At the historic Hill Center as part of the Global Sounds – Multiflora Music Festival of world music.  Enjoy Sunday on the Hill — all the food, drink and shopping that Eastern Market, 8th Street, S.E., and Pennsylvania Avenue have to offer — then come hear us! 

SEPTEMBER 15, 2017 – ALASH TUVAN THROAT SINGERS AND ORFEIA.  Orfeia returns to the fabulous Patterson Theater in Baltimore to open for Alash, masters of Tuvan throat singing who combine this remarkable traditional music and technique, unique to the Tuva region of Central Asia, with a subtle infusion of modern influence, complex harmonies and contemporary song forms.  

TANYA ON THE JUDGES PANEL.  Tanya, our fantastic 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!

WASHINGTON FOLK FESTIVAL – June 3 and 4, 2017.  Music, dancing, artisans, and the Glen Echo Carousel — what more could you ask for?!  Orfeia at noon on June 4 on the Yurt Stage.  

EUROPEAN UNION EMBASSIES OPEN HOUSE – May 13, 2017.  A D.C. tradition.  European Union Embassies and the EU Delegation to the United States open their doors to the public for a day of family fun, food, culture and more. The event offers visitors a rare look inside the embassies and provides a unique opportunity to experience the cultural heritage and national traditions of the 28 member countries.  Orfeia will be singing at the Bulgarian Embassy. 


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!!   

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_portrait_4[1]

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!!


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