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Divi Zheni

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Divi Zheni is Boston’s own Balkan Women’s Chorus & Orchestra, directed by Tatiana Sarbinska, acclaimed Bulgarian folk singer, instructor and conductor.

Divi Zheni at the Koprivshtitsa National Folklore Festival, Koprivshtitsa, Bulgaria, August 2010. Photo © Henry Olds

“Just a note to say the singing was great! I much enjoyed the interesting, unusual harmonies and tonal richness, the spirit of it, also the way singers interacted – the soloists, the smaller groups and then the whole group. There was also a slightly haunting quality there…”
Audience Member - April 8, 2010

“Best Bets. This is our pick of the best of the ‘burbs. … The Divi Zheni women’s chorus is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a Balkan music fest and silent auction, also featuring performances by Bulgarian men’s chorus Zornitsa, Croatian tamburitsa ensemble Pajdashi, and Zdravets…”
The Boston Globe - February 14, 2010

“Sarbinska and her Balkan choral group Divi Zheni (Wild Women) will lead partygoers in traditional Bulgarian Christmas caroling and other songs, and there will be plenty of dancing and Eastern European treats to taste. “It’s not going to be a traditional concert with us in front of the audience,’’ says Sarbinska… “We sing, we jump together. We want them to create through their body, to create with their voice, to feel this wonderful singing. This is [a] kind of wild music, coming from the top of a mountain.’’ ”
Lydia Rebac – The Boston Globe - November 22, 2009

“…this…sentiment resonated with a joy found in the natural cycles of life, and created an air of intimacy drawing together the performers to a very packed house.”
Margaret Smith, Lexington Minuteman - November 23, 2007

Divi Zheni performs “unusual songs of love and longing and of war and peace. Some of the numbers are silly and others are stately, but all are pleasing to the ear.”
Carol Britton Meyer, Hingham Journal - January 12, 2006

“That night, both my brother and I felt a piece of home in our hearts, for the first time in the U.S.”
Bulgarian audience member – 2006

“It was SUCH a treat to be part of the audience … I was transported to quite another world by Tatiana, the music, the rhythms, the visuals (instruments and costumes), the dancing (!), and the tremendous ‘tours’ provided by the various “guides”! Thank you, THANK YOU!!!”
Audience member – 2004