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Join in the Celebration of Bulgaria’s Special Day with Fabulous Folk Song and Dance: May 13th, Sunday @ 5:00 p.m.

Participate with Boston’s Bulgarian-American community as they celebrate the 8th Bulgarian Cultural Festival in New England in recognition of their native homeland’s independence as well as the establishment of the Slavic alphabet. Presented by the Bulgarian-American Center (MADARA), this well-established popular event promises attendees an evening of colorful folk music and dance originating from a wide variety of  local regions throughout Bulgaria. Featured performers will include the folk dancers of Ensemble “HORO” from Chicago, women’s chorus Divi Zheni, and men’s chorus Zornitsa. I know that I have posted about this event before, however, this year activities appear to have been expanded a bit to include native food and games, making it a more family friendly event. So, why not bring the kids along too! This long-running ethnically inspired event is sure to please crowd members of all ages.   

About the Performers

 
Ensemble “HORO” (The Ensemble for Bulgarian Folk Dances) is comprised of 40 or so very passionate adults and teens dedicated to the promotion of their native culture’s performing arts here in the United States and beyond. Artistic directors Irena Gotcheva and Todor Gotchev, both formerly of the highly esteemed Bulgarian troupe Ensemble “Silven”, established this Chicago-based troupe in 2003, assuring that their repertoire would represent all of Bulgaria’s main cultural sects in authentic folk music and dance including, Severniashka, Trakiiska, Shopska, Dobrudjanska, Pirinska and Rodopska. In addition to frequent local appearances throughout the Chicago area, the ensemble has also performed in St. Louis, Toronto, and Montreal. 

 

       

Divi Zheni (Wild Women) is an all-female chorus which performs a most authentic repertoire of Bulgarian  folk songs either a capella or accompanied by ethnic instruments such as the tambura, dumbek, and tupan. Members of this group come from a variety of ethnic backgrounds and range in age from young to old.  Their repertoire includes both village and more popular dance songs which they perform at concerts, festivals and dance events. Founded in 2000, they not only appear locally, but nationally and overseas in Bulgaria as well.

 

 

Zornitsa, the male counterpart to Divi Zheni, was the first group of its kind to perform Bulgarian folk and popular songs. In addition to appearances at folk music events around the New England area, they have also performed in Bulgaria where they were aired on Bulgarian National television.

Tatiana Sarbinska, internationally renowned Bulgarian folk artist,  is the artistic director of both Divi Zheni and Zornitsa. As a recipient of the prestigious honor of National Treasure status, compliments of the Bulgarian government, she is recognized as instrumental in the preservation of her country’s native music culture. Thus, it is under her tutelage that Divi Zheni and Zornitsa are able to perform so successfully in the true Bulgarian folk style.  She has had and still enjoys an illustrious career as a vocalist and has recorded her own cds,  Makedonsko Devojche  and Katerino Mome.  Since 1991, she has shared her numerous artistic talents in the United States through the direction of various ensembles, music events, and workshops.

 

Event Details:

When: May 13th, Sunday @ 5:00 p.m.

                      Doors open at 4:30

Where: ACAS Center (Woburn)

Tickets: $20.00 (Advanced purchase) / $25.00 (At the door) / $5.00 discount for students and seniors / Kids under 12 are free

   Purchase online (scroll down) Or at the Six Stars Market (Woburn) (9 – 5)

More Info: 617-283-4543 OR www.centermadara.org OR center.madara@gmail.com

May 6, 2012 at 2:29 am Leave a comment

Enjoy Two Great Balkan Music Events for the Price of One Each and Every Month!: Saturdays (8:00 – 11:00 p.m.)

This is one highly entertaining Balkan inspired event to be sure! Since 1997, the Zdravets folk ensemble has been faithfully providing the public with a dance party, concert, and social get together all in one, each and every month. Hit the dance floor, mix and mingle, or just sit back and chill out to the wonderful and intriguing sounds of purely authentic traditional music originating from Bulgaria, the Republic of Macedonea, and their Balkan neighbors. Zdravets, who refer to themselves as “Boston’s friendly neighborhood Bulgarian band”, is well known for their ability to throw a good party with music that naturally lifts the attendees’ spirits, keeping one and all in  a festive and fun-loving mood all evening long. The dancing is performed group-style so no partners necessary. In addition, I would point out this is a very laid back event, so dress comfortably and rest assured that dance steps will be less complex in nature and will be demonstrated for the sake of any beginners in the crowd. Dancers with all levels of experience are happily accommodated for!!! Now here’s the added bonus that comes with this particular event. During the rest periods, dancers will actually be treated to a mini concert, compliments of Zdravets of course! There will also be a refreshment table on the premises where you can meet your fellow party guests. Culinary donations made in honor of the party feast are welcomed. 

 

The name Zdravets refers to a wild species of geranium which thrives year round on the mountain-sides of Bulgaria. To the native population, this bloom represents health and endurance. And appropriately so, such is the state of the band’s music which has itself been thriving for over 20 years! Much of their repertoire is representative of Bulgarian folk genres, which are characterized by their irregular rhythms, tightly spaced harmonic structures, and sonic intensity. The bands instrumental selections literally beckon one to get up and dance while the sharply vivid harmonies of the vocal numbers cannot help but grab ones attention. They take the authenticity of their traditional music very seriously as many of their interpretations are based on actual field recordings of native folk musicians. In addition, Zdravets performs for the most part on ethnic instruments including: kaval, gadulka, tambura, tapan, tarabuka, and gaida. Aside from regular local appearances throughout New England, this nine-member folk ensemble has appeared oversees in Bulgaria at such prestigious events as the National Folklore and Petrova Niva festivals and on native national television and radio as well. Their latest recording is entitled “Late Harvest“. Thanks to the enthusiastic and dedicated efforts of Zdravets, Bostonians can enjoy first-rate Balkan music and dance virtually every month of the year!

 

 

Event Details:

When: Saturdays (Monthly) (8:00 – 11:00 p.m.)

   Confirm schedule

Where: Church of Our Savior (Arlington)

  Confirm location

Admission: $7.00

More Info: 617-964-2003 OR zdravets.music@gmail.com            

January 1, 2012 at 6:26 pm Leave a comment

Get Set for an Evening of Premier Balkan Inspired World Fusion as Theodoshi Spassov’s North American Tour 2011 Comes to Boston: October 21st, Friday (7:30 – 9:00 p.m.)

Listen to Theodoshii Spassov and Vlada Tomova with Balkan Tales. (Scroll down)
 
Join Theodoshii Spassov in the celebration of Bulgarian National Revival Day honoring the very forefathers of an all important movement that sparked a sense of cultural pride within a nation once struggling under Ottoman rule, a movement so effective that it would eventually lead to Bulgarian independence. And a fitting role it is indeed for a musician who is widely recognized as a cultural role model in his homeland, to be leading a North American tour honoring this all important event in Balkan history. It also just happens to be the great kaval virtuoso’s 50th anniversary as well.  Joining him on the Boston tour stop will be world fusion ensemble Balkan Tales, lead by vocal virtuoso Vlada Tomova and featuring guitarist and sitarist Chris Rael. It promises to be an evening of first-rate world fusion music. Spassov will be showcasing his own special brand of Bulgarian folk music both as an instrumentalist and a vocalist, blending the genre in a most creative fashion with elements of  various other diverse ethnic styles, jazz and classical music. His guests, Balkan Tales, will present their own modernized versions of traditional songs not only from the Balkan regions, but also from the Mediterranean, and Middle East, as well, further embellished with smatterings of pop, jazz, funk, and additional world music influences.
 

 

Featured Performers
 
 
Theodoshii Spassov – This Bulgarian super star/nationally acclaimed cultural hero has been successfully touring worldwide for over 20 years. He has recorded over 20 cds either as a contributing performer or on his own. As a recipient of multiple national and international artistic awards, including a Grammy, he was credited in Newsweek’s “Best of the East” article with actually having introduced to the rest of the world his own entirely new and unique genre of music. Active also in the world of film music, Spassov has succeeded both as a composer and performer, having participated in the recording of soundtracks for some of the biggest names in the industry, such as Ennio Morricone and Carlos Silliotto.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Vlada Tomova – In addition to leading the group of internationally recognized musicians that is Balkan Tales, she also established the Bulgarian women’s choir  Yasna Voices, which was at the time, the only ensemble of its kind in New York City. She has also very successfully collaborated  with world music super stars Balkan Beat Box and continues to perform at major music festivals across North America. 
 
Chris Rael – As an established virtuoso of the sitar and the Portuguese and 12-string guitars, he has performed at major entertainment venues across the globe and worked with some of the world’s top musicians. He also founded the wildly popular group Church of Betty as well as his very own record label, Fang Records. He is the producer of a number of cds as well as a whole host of live New York City events. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Also joining this special group of world fusion artists will be local guest stars, jazz vocalist Elena Koleva and jazz fusion soloist Plamen Karadonev. This show is expected to sell-out, so don’t be left out, and order your tickets as soon as possible. 
 

 

 
 
 Event Details:
 
21+ (Minors can attend with an adult and a dinner table reservation)
 
When: October 21st, Friday @ 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

(Doors open at 6:30)

Where: Johnny D’s Uptown (Somerville)

Tickets: $20.00  (Online purchase highly recommended – $2.00 fee)

                           Dinner/Appetizer  Menu

More Info: 617-776-2004 OR 617-800-9720  

         

October 16, 2011 at 1:03 am Leave a comment

Usher in the Upcoming Holiday Season in Grand Slavic Fashion with Traditional Choral Music from Bulgaria: Compliments of Premier Vocal Ensembles Divi Zheni & Zornitsa: December 3rd, Friday @ 8:00 p.m. & December 5th, Sunday @ 1:00 p.m.

Every time that the holiday party season comes around, it gives us world music fans here in the US another chance to experience the Christmas and New Years festivities of other cultures. Of course, to me, the music is the best part, but then there’s the ethnic food, decorations, and other interesting native customs to explore. Coming up in the first week of December, there are two Bulgarian holiday dance parties happening in the Boston area. The first is one is actually part of FACONE’s (Folk Arts Center of New England) Friday night folk dance series. The live dance music at this event will be provided by two of Boston’s premier world music choral ensembles, both of which are under the direction of Tatiana Sarbinska, a world-class vocalist in her own right and a leading expert in the area of Bulgarian choral music. Divi Zheni is an all women’s group while Zornitsa is their male counterpart. Let Marcie Van Cleave and friends be your instructors as you learn a number of Bulgarian group-style folk dances, many of which can be easily followed simply by watching and copycatting! There is no previous dance experience expected of party guests and you don’t even need to bring a partner. More experienced dancers will be accommodated for as well, so come one, come all. And as I mentioned before, because this is a holiday party, there will also be ethnic food on hand for guests to sample and decorations to enjoy. 

 


Event Details

When: December 3rd, Friday @ 8:00 p.m.

Where: Park Avenue Congregational Church (Parish Hall) (Arlington)

Admission: $8.00 (General) / $6.00 (FAC members) / $5.oo (Students)

More Info: 781-438-4387 OR Facone.org

 

The second celebration is a benefit event for the Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church (Allston) and  Divi Zheni, who will be performing, as well. It will be modeled after the traditional Bulgarian Sedenka. This is a Christmastime festivity originally held by farming communities after the crop season’s work was done. Party activities included crafting for personal enjoyment (i.e. carving, sewing, knitting, etc.), storytelling, singing of old familiar as well as newly composed songs, seasonal treats, and, of course, dancing. In like spirit, this year’s Boston celebration will include traditional singalongs, and group dancing, complete with instruction. Party guests are encouraged to bring along any personal crafting projects that they wish to work on in a group setting and, of course, ethnic food will be served for all to enjoy.

 


Event Details

When: December 5th, Sunday @ 1:00 p.m.

Where: Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church (Allston)

    Street parking available for free

Tickets: $20.00 (General) / $10.00 (Students) / $5.00 (Children 12 & under)  

   Purchase At the door OR At the church bookstore on Sunday’s (11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

More Info: 617-787-7625 OR divizheni.net OR hrocboston.org

 

 

So, start the holidays off right in grant multi-cultural fashion and experience a little of Bulgaria in the true spirit of the season!                    

October 30, 2010 at 4:29 pm Leave a comment

Travel the World with Jamey Haddad & Friends: Presenting Folk and Contemporary Music of Palestine, Greece, Bulgaria, and the Jews: November 3rd, Wednesday (8:00 p.m – 12:00 a.m.)

Jamey Haddad‘s “East-West Storytellers” are a group of select accomplished  musicians who have come together in a special collaborative effort to share some of their favorite world music with the rest of us lucky listeners. Enjoy an evening of fine folk and contemporary ethnic music from Palestine, Greece, Bulgaria, and the Jews. Members of this special quintet, who are originally from Palestine, Israel, and the United States, will be presenting some of their very own original compositions as a part of the evening’s program. Joining Haddad on drums will be, Itamar Borochov on trumpet, Ali Amar on qanun, Nadav Remez on guitar, and Noam Wiesenberg on bass.

As the leader of this special musical collaboration, world renown percussionist Jamey Haddad brings plenty of professional expertise to the table. He is a specialist in jazz, and world and contemporary music who is known for his musical versatility. Because he has performed so many diverse styles of music over the years, he has developed an uncanny ability adapt his playing style with respect to numerous different genres and thus is a popular choice for membership in collaborative artistic projects the world over. He is currently an associate professor at the Berklee College of Music, New England and Oberlin Conservatories, and the Cleveland Institute of Music. In 2007, he was honored  in Modern Drummer magazine as one of the 4 best ethnic music percussionists in the world. In addition to his 9-year membership with Paul Simon’s band, he also enjoys regular playing engagements and/or touring opportunities with Simon & Garfunkel, Yo Yo Ma, Dawn Upshaw, the Paul Winter Consort, Esperanza Spalding, Betty Buckley, Nguyen Lee, Brazil’s Assad Brothers, and many other of the world’s most prominent artists.  Check out the rest of the details of this fabulous career on his website … And then, come on over to the Beehive in Boston’s South end and see what this special world music collaborative performance is all about.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Event Details:

When: November 3rd, Wednesday (8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.)

Where: The Beehive (South End)

Admission: No cover charge listed

     Reservations / Menus

More Info: 617-423-0069

 

October 17, 2010 at 12:44 am

Keep-Up with the Latest Event News on the Bulgarian Cultural Scene with BG Focus

BG Focus is the online newsletter of the Bulgarian Cultural Center (Madara). Subscribe to it and you will receive updates on Bulgarian and other Balkan cultural events taking place in the Boston area delivered right to your inbox. Some of the listings are solely in Bulgarian, but most of them are either in English or include a translation, thankfully for a lot of us. Photo albums of  past events are also included in the main publication, as well as other news of interest to the Bulgarian-American community. If you have further questions on any of their postings you can email the center at bgfocus@gmail.com.

BAC-Madara is intent upon keeping the Bulgarian cultural presence alive and well in the Boston area and throughout Massachusetts. They, themselves, host some really spectacular performances that are rarely or have never before been seen in this country. (see my previous posts 4/2/09 and 5/3/09) I went to the performance of the Bulgarian National Folklore Ensemble and was blown away!

January 14, 2010 at 5:47 pm Leave a comment

Last Minute Heads Up!!! – Join Bulgarian Folk Music Virtuosos Tatiana Sarbinska, Theodosii Spassov, and the Theodosii Spassov Folk Project Band in Concert (May 3rd – Sunday at 6:00 p.m.)

Bulgarian folk artist Tatiana Sarbinska, dubbed the “voice sarbinskaof Bulgaria”, is considered to be one of the greatest artists of her day. She is a recipient of the prestigious honor of National Treasure status, compliments of the Bulgarian government, as she is recognized as instrumental in the preservation of her country’s native music culture. Formerly featured soloist with the Pirin Ensemble,  she continues to enjoy an illustrious career as a vocalist and has recorded her own cds Makedonsko Devojche  and Katerino Mome.  Also highly respected as a teacher, she has shared her numerous talents in the United States since 1991, through the direction of various ensembles, music events, and workshops. 
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Bulgarian super star Theodosii Spassov is known for his ability to infuse a folk sound into other genres, such as jazz and classical. As a virtuoso of the wooden shepherd’s flute, he has toured the world extensively and spassov-1recorded numerous cds both as a contributing performer as well as on his own. He is the recipient of multiple awards including a Grammy and has also enjoyed success as a film composer. He currently directs the famed Filip Kutev National Folk Song and Dance Ensemble.
His Theodosii Spassov Folk Project Band  (scroll to bottom of page) is a group of highly talented and well accomplished folk musicians. The membership, in addition to Spassov, includes Peyo Trendafilov Peev (gadulka), Ivan Simeonov Georgiev (gaida),  Genadiy Savov Rashkov (tupan), and Petor Sashkov Milanov (tambura and guitar).
                                                  
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This concert is the finale to a series of  grand events that make up the 7th annual Bulgarian Cultural Festival in New England (March 29 – May 3rd). This year’s landmark festivities commemorate 100 years of Bulgarian independence. I had the wonderful fortune of attending the performance of the Bulgarian folk dance ensemble Bulgare (see previous post – 4/2/09) and they were fantastic! I fully expect that this concert will be of equal caliber. I also want to mention here the folk duo who will open the concert, Vessela and Valeri = Goli.

 

Concert details:

When: May 3rd – Sunday @ 6:00 p.m.

Where: Springstep (Directions)

(Area Restaurants)

Tickets: $25.00 (students and seniors/65 & up), $30.00 (adults – in advance), $35.00 (adults – at the door), $15.00 (children under 16), Free (children under 5)

Online Ticket Purchases & Additional Concert Info.:

Web site: http://www.bgfocus.com/events/2009/Bulgare/Bulgare.html

              (Bulgarian-American Center MADARA)

Phone: 617-283-4543

Email: center.madara@gmail.com

May 3, 2009 at 2:47 am Leave a comment

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