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MIT FDC: About The Bulgari Folk Ensemble
The BULGARI Folk Ensemble
will be in
the Boston area this coming week at MIT's International Folk Dancing:
Sunday, May 9, 1999
8:00 PM - 11 PM
in The Sala de Puerto Rico, W20 (Stratton Student Center) 2nd floor.
More about Bulgari
BULGARI is known for its innovative, fast-paced, virtuoso performances of
dance songs and instrumental tunes in Bulgaria's famous additive meters,
as well as its renditions of the highly ornamented, nonmetric songs of
eastern Bulgaria. It has made many recordings and has appeared on
Bulgarian radio and television. The group presents authentic
interpretations of Bulgarian folk music, a rich and soulful musical
tradition that reflects old world village life and the intermingling of
cultures in the Balkan Peninsula through the centuries.
The members of BULGARI are masters and recognized soloists of their
respective instruments--gajda (bagpipe), kaval (flute), gadulka (vertical
fiddle), tambura (long-necked lute) and tupan (drum) -- and the amazing
vocal techniques that have made Bulgarian music famous worldwide.
Georgi Doichev, gajda. One of Bulgaria's premier bagpipe players, he
was for many years principal soloist with the Philip Koutev Ensemble.
Radostina Kaneva, a leading singer from Thrace for the past six years.
She is a soloist of the Bulgarian National Radio and Television Ensemble.
Georgi Andreev, gadulka. Currently a director of the orchestra of the
Bulgarian National Ensemble.
Dimiter Lavchev, gadulka and tupan. He has been a soloist of the
Bulgarian National Radio "Sofia" for 20 years.
Georgi Zheliazkov, kaval and singer. Soloist of the Bulgarian National
Anton Tsambov, tambura. He has been a soloist at the Bulgarian National
Ensemble for 15 years.
What people have said:
" It's hard to imagine even Heifetz or Hendrix matching the speed and
sensitivity of the composer and gadulka (fiddle) player Georgi Andreev's
fingers, and the whole ensemble displayed a precision that left jaws agape
throughout a well-filled Agate Hall."
--Brett Campbell, Eugene Weekly, Oct. 22, 1998
"We attended the Bulgari concert last night in Albuquerque, NM. This is a
spectacular group of musicians! Don't miss them if they are coming
anywhere near your area... Georgi Andreev on gadulka is outstanding in the
selections they did here. I believe he also did the arrangements and
Carolyn Mills Rick Wallace
" I'm currently paying the morning-after price (who knew that knees could
complain so loudly!) for attending Bulgari's Philadelphia
workshop/performance. We learned the melody, harmony and lyrics to three
songs in the afternoon, shared a potluck dinner, and danced, danced,
danced... IMHO it doesn't matter how thin your experience with Bulgarian
music and dance, you shouldn't miss these wonderful people."
" I heartily encourage you to see BULGARI if they perform near you. They
just played for a party here in Ocean Springs, and they were fantastic.
Their selections and musicianship rivaled any of the commercial recordings
I have collected. To experience them live was truly a wonderful
experience. They were very accommodating to the dancers' requests, and
pleasant, polite guests."