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This project is funded by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, through the generous support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

+ About the Performance
This program was recorded 03/03/2006 at Symphony Space.

Created fifty years ago, this collective has stayed true to its mission to enrich the heritage of the Bulgarian solo folk song by highlighting its beautiful timbres and irregular rhythms.




Ergen Deda
Moma Houbava
Galabi Goukat
Tamen Oblak
Na Visoko
Lega Mi Se Dreme Mi Se
Moma Rousanka
Zapali Se Planinata
Mari Yano
Maistor Manol
Jore Dos
Sama Li Si Den Zhanala
Mito Mori
Nine Otpushtaesthe
More Authentic Songs from the Shope Region
Vito Horo
Danyova Maika
Duda E Bolna
Dilmano Di Lbero
Polegnala E Todora (Encore I)
Svatba (Encore II)
Encore III

+ About the Artists

Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares is an ensemble of a rare artistic gift and enormous popular appeal; its story is that of a success. Created fifty years ago, its goal was to enrich the heritage of the Bulgarian solo folk song with harmonies and arrangements that highlight beautiful timbres and irregular rhythms.

They transform sounds into strange vocal colors as if one is hearing something other than the human voice, but perhaps some other strange instrument. They jubilate, shout, ornament, form fast and perfect glissandos, let one crazy rhythm follow another and make their voices build the most darling cords and suddenly the folk cliché does not apply any more. One listener believed he had heard an "archaic world of sounds from times long ago," another, "the marriage of avant-garde and the middle ages." With their bell-like voices that seam to float lightly trough space, these women have become international stars, whose hypnotic chant circles the globe.

These mystic voices have managed countless times to dissolve the separation between East and West, of young and old, of pop music and classical tunes. The world became aware of their art thanks to Mr. Marcel Cellier, a Swiss producer, who started releasing albums under the name Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares. The first album was published in 1975, followed by Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares Volume II, which was granted a Grammy award in 1990, and Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares Volume III in 1991. The album Rituals, released by Electra Nonesuch in the U.S. was nominated for a Grammy in 1994. Once the public heard their CDs, the popularity of the choir rose worldwide and they soon began a series of intensive concert tours. They have been hosted in all major halls in Europe, America, and Asia.

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