January 4th, 2009

Sedenkas Rock!

This holiday season our director Tatiana had the wonderful idea of organizing holiday concerts with her “girls” (Divi Zheni), and “boys” (Zornitsa) as sedenkas. In wintertime, in this festive Bulgarian tradition, the young and old, men & women, single folks, married couples & kids, having finished their farming work for the year, would get together […]

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 […]

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 […]