Balkan Songbook


Orfeia Vocal Ensemble happy to announce Songs from the Mountaina Balkan songbook with learning CDs created by Orfeia’s artistic director and Bulgarian national treasure Tatiana Sarbinska, formerly principal soloist with the Pirin Ensemble and award-winning singer and composer, whose encyclopedic knowledge of Balkan musical traditions and more than three decades teaching Balkan vocal technique has brought this heritage to music-lovers from beginner to professional.

The Songbook and CDs include:

  • an overview of Balkan vocal techniques and warm-up exercises
  • a diverse selection of folk songs from across the Balkans
  • focus on the rich cultural traditions of Bulgarian regions (including recipes!)
  • arrangements suited to duets, trios, small and large choral groups
  • music selected and recorded by Tatiana Sarbinska
  • instructions on pronunciation plus recorded pronunciation
  • recording of each individual part and full song verses

Designed, recorded and produced by Orfeia’s artistic director, award-winning singer, composer and Bulgarian national treasure Tatiana Sarbinska, the songbook is a unique opportunity to share in this heritage through the eyes and ears of one of Bulgaria’s most celebrated traditional singers.

благодаря ви много!  Blagodaria vi mnogo!  Thanks so much to everyone who supported the Indiegogo campaign!

Mnogaya Leta ◊ Many summers, long life!

Ricki Carroll, Dr. George Lazarov

Nazdrave ◊ Cheers!


Trendafil ◊ Rose

Natalia Blinkova, Peter Lyster, Chip Rood, Anonymous (3)

Zjumbjul ◊ Hyacinth

Judith Allard, Peter Connolly, Divi Zheni, Silvio Eberhardt, Andrea Ottesen, Betsy and Jamie Platt, Yue Wu, Anonymous (6)

Banitsa ◊ Sweet and Savory Pastries

Tom Bulleit, Chico World Dancers, Maimon Schwarzschild

Zdravets ◊ Wild Geranium

Marjorie Allard, Paige Billin-Frye, Julien Drouin-Bouffard, Diane Curran, Anne Ehrhart, Marcela Cordero Garcia, Henry Goldberg, Busy Graham, Lily Hamburger, Anne Harrison, Dick Kovar, Liz Levin, Evy Mayer, Laura McMurry, Ariel Mora, Jill Poris, D. Smith, Steve Smith, ME Taft-Morales, Rose Waters, Cheryl Weber, Windborne Singers, Mari Young, Anonymous (12)

Gradina ◊ Garden

Avery Book, Adrienne Noti, Anonymous (7)

Jagodo ◊ Strawberry

Barbara Gottfried, Linda Ugelow, Ricki Weiss, Anonymous

Slunchogled ◊ Sunflower  

Bailey Allard, Anne Curran, Connie Meyer, Rudabeh Pakravan, Judith Zurbrigg

Zdravejte ◊ Hello!

Joseph Bernadoni, Elizabeth Egbert, Rachel Frederick, Barbara Klieforth, Jesse Paulsen, Tiffany and Peter Riesen, Maggie Wheeler, Donald Woodward, Anonymous

11 responses to “Balkan Songbook

  1. You sing very nice! Where/when can I order for the songbook? I am conductor of two Balkanchoirs in the Netherlands. Friendly greetings, Helga

  2. singingman

    I’d love to be kept informed of when your sonbook is coming out. I teach a lot of Balkan songs here in the UK.

  3. sehee

    hi there- I’m also interested in the songbook! Please email me information at – Sehee

  4. Amber Céolta

    Hi how can i buy the song book please?!

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