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REVIEWS

“Best Bets. This is our pick of the best of the burbs. … Enjoy an afternoon of lively Bulgarian music and participatory dancing featuring Divi ­Zheni and Zornitsa, Greater Boston’s Bulgarian music ensembles.” Read more.
The Boston Globe, November 15, 2012

“With giant red flowers in their hair, traditional blouses and black skirts, the women of Divi Zheni, Boston’s Women’s Bulgarian Chorus and Band, gave a lively performance on April 7 at the Brighton-Allston Congregational Church. Their name means “Wild Women,” which is also a great way to categorize their performance….” Read more.
The Allston-Brighton Tab, April 18, 2010

“In Bulgaria, these songs are often carried through mountains and villages in the harmonies of women’s and girls’ voices, which, once heard, are difficult to forget, and which have gained an international following. Divi Zheni, a women’s Bulgarian folk ensemble, has been dedicated for 10 years to bringing these sounds to area audiences.” Read more.
The Arlington Advocate, February 16, 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…” Read more.
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.'” Read more.
The Boston Globe, November 22, 2009

“Even this sad sentiment [of a sad love song] 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. It’s this warmth – and mastery of a sound only achieved through performers’ rigorous discipline – that may explain why Balkan music, once a novelty in folk circles, is now gathering followers dancing to the beat of a syncopated drum.” Read more.
The Lexington Minuteman, November 23, 2007

“Divi Zheni is made up of Boston-area women and is conducted by Tatiana Sarbinska, a world-renowned Balkan vocalist, teacher, and former soloist with the internationally acclaimed Pirin Ensemble, who is the only Bulgarian in the group. The chorus performs folk music from Bulgaria’s many different regions, ranging from village style to choral arrangements. The concert will feature 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 – The Hingham Journal, January 12, 2006