July 17th, 2012

Live Recordings of Divi Zhen in SoundCloud!

This summer we went through recordings of concerts we performed in recent years, and found some beautiful tracks for you to have a listen to.  We posted them to our music page using a very cool widget made by SoundCloud.  Just click the track titles to hear each one. Many are in Bulgarian, and there […]

March 3rd, 2011

Love Songs for Spring Time

This past fall and winter our director Tatiana brought us a host of new folk songs to learn, including several love songs about women named Gana, Rajka, Marcho, and their recalcitrant mothers and forlorn boyfriends. The rowdiest of these is a Greek tune, Dimitroula Mu, in which the protagonist’s sweetheart says (if I may paraphrase) […]

October 1st, 2010

Our Director Wins Prestigious Composition Award!

Anyone who has had the good fortune to study with and be conducted by our artistic director, Tatiana Sarbinska knows that she is a multi-talented force of nature. She is a brilliant and passionate vocalist, and a gifted and devoted teacher. Also a composer, Tatiana has written several beautiful songs, including Katerino Mome and Oj Dimitre Sine […]

April 24th, 2010

Divi Zheni in the Wicked Local News!

Photo by Mark Thomson for the Wicked Local Newspapers © 2010

Reporter Victoria Groves, and photographer Mark Thomson of the Wicked Local News, took the time to talk with us backstage and attend our fundraiser concert at the Brighton-Allston Congregational Church. Their great write-up begins — “With giant red flowers in their hair, traditional […]

March 26th, 2010

Balkan Music Night in the News!

One of our favorite annual events is Balkan Music Night, a rollicking evening — and by evening we mean 7pm to 2:30am!! — of Balkan music and dance performed by Balkan groups from all over New England, with special guests from farther afield. This year Divi Zheni performed in the concert part of the evening, […]

September 9th, 2008

New Songs for the Fall

Tatiana, our artistic director, traveled and toured in Bulgaria this summer with our friends-in-song Libana. What a culturally alive time they had! When Tania came back she had new songs for us to work on, including the beautiful and mischevious Trendafilcheto, which is sung in a dialect. The lyrics translate roughly as: Donna is beautiful […]

December 28th, 2007

A Festive Christmas Revels Indeed

This holiday season our artistic director, Tatiana Sarbinska, and two Divi Zheni singers, Freedom Baird and Aine Farrell, participated in Cambridge’s annual Christmas Revels. Every year, Revels explores traditional culture from a different region of the globe, and this year it was full-on Balkan! Tatiana provided consulting on gorgeous seasonal repertoire, and coached the huge […]

April 4th, 2007

Tatiana's New CDs Are Available in the USA!

We are proud, tickled and thrilled to announce that our artistic director, Tatiana Sarbinska, has two new CDs out, and that their shipment has finally arrived stateside! The first disc is Katerino Mome, a newly issued compilation of Tatiana’s legendary recordings, produced by the Bulgarian National Radio. The second disc, Makedonsko Devojche, features brand new […]

March 5th, 2007

Bulgarian Folk Songs of Love

So many English-speakers who love Bulgarian vocal folk music are drawn to the harmonies, but don’t always know the songs’ translations. Many that we sing are love songs, featuring dark-eyed brides, crazy boys, red wine, and boisterous wedding parties. For a window onto some of the language and poetry of the lyrics, here are translations […]