Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares

Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares

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Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares was created fifty years ago, its goal to enrich the heritage of the Bulgarian solo folk song with harmonies and arrangement that highlighted its beautiful timbres and irregular rhythms. The singers transform sounds into strange vocal colors as if something other than the human voice. With their bell-like voices that seem to float lightly through space, these women have become international stars, whose hypnotic chant circles the globe.


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Areas of Representation: North and South America

Biography

Le Mystère 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 arrangement that highlighted its beautiful timbres and irregular rhythms.

The singers transform sounds into strange vocal colors as if something other than the human voice. They jubilate, shout, ornament, form fast and perfect glissandos, let one crazy rhythm follow another and make their voices build the most darling cords. Suddenly the folk cliché no longer applies. 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 Mystère des Voix Bulgares”. The first album was published in 1975. Their sophomore effort won a Grammy in 1990. Rituals was released by  Nonesuch and nominated for a Grammy in 1994. The group has toured with much fanfare throughout Europe, America, and Asia.

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2017
Apr 28, 2017 Venue Info
Los Angeles, CA USA Disney Hall
Time TBD  
Apr 26, 2017  
San Francisco, California United States Grace Cathedral
8:00PM  
Apr 26, 2017 Venue Info
San Francisco, California United States Grace Cathedral
Time TBD  
Apr 22, 2017 Venue Info
Seattle, WA USA Town Hall Seattle
8:00PM  
Apr 19, 2017 Venue Info
Chicago, IL USA Old Town School - Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall
7:00PM  
Apr 17, 2017 Venue Info
Princeton, NJ USA Princeton University - Chapel
7:30 PM  
Apr 16, 2017 Cancelled
New York, NY USA Peter Jay Sharp Theatre
Time TBD  
Apr 15, 2017 Venue Info
Reston, VA USA CenterStage at Reston Community Center
8:00 PM  
Apr 14, 2017 Venue Info
Somerville, MA USA Somerville Theatre
7:30PM  
Apr 13, 2017 Venue Info
Lewisburg, PA USA Weis Center for the Performing Arts
7:30 PM  
2013
Mar 27, 2013  
Muscat, OMAN Royal Opera House Muscat
 
2008
Jun 1, 2008  
Washington, DC USA Kennedy Center
 
May 31, 2008  
Boston, MA USA Church of the Covenant
8:00 PM  
May 30, 2008  
New York, NY USA Symphony Space
 
May 28, 2008  
San Francisco, CA USA San Francisco Jazz Festival
 
May 27, 2008  
Seattle, WA USA Town Hall
 
May 26, 2008  
Nanaimo, BC CANADA Port Theatre
 
May 24, 2008  
Vancouver, BC CANADA Chan Center
 
May 23, 2008  
Victoria, BC CANADA Farquhar Auditorium, University of Victoria
 
May 22, 2008  
Edmonton, AB CANADA Myer Horowitz Theatre, University of Alberta
 
May 21, 2008  
Calgary, AB CANADA Rozsa Centre, University of Calgary
 
May 18, 2008  
Chicago, IL USA St.Clement Church
4:00 PM  
May 17, 2008  
Minneapolis, MN USA The Basilica of Saint Mary's
 
May 16, 2008  
Milwaukee, WI USA Pabst Theater
 
May 14, 2008  
London, ON CANADA Aeolian Hall
8:00 PM  
May 13, 2008  
Toronto, ON CANADA St Andrew's Presbyterian Church
 
May 11, 2008  
Sherbrooke, QC CANADA Centenniel Theatre
3:00 PM  
May 10, 2008  
Ottawa, ON CANADA Christ Church Cathedral
 
May 9, 2008  
Montreal, QC CANADA Eglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste
8:00 PM  
May 8, 2008  
Quebec City, QC CANADA Palais Montcalm
 
2006
Dec 10, 2006  
Cleveland, OH USA Cleveland Museum of Art
 
Dec 9, 2006  
Chicago, IL USA St. John of Rila
 
Dec 7, 2006  
Columbus, OH USA CityMusic
 
Dec 5, 2006  
Cambridge, MA USA Serbian Orthodox Church
 
Dec 3, 2006  
New York, NY USA Symphony Space
 
Dec 2, 2006  
Durham, NC USA Duke University
 
Nov 30, 2006  
Kutztown, PA USA Kutztown University
 
Nov 29, 2006  
Pittsburgh, PA USA Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
 
Nov 28, 2006  
Grandville, OH USA Denison University
 
Mar 21, 2006  
Richlands, VA USA Southwest Virginia Community College
 
Mar 19, 2006  
Cleveland, OH USA Cleveland Museum of Art
 
Mar 17, 2006  
San Francisco, CA USA Grace Cathedral
 
Mar 11, 2006  
Arcata, CA USA Humbolt State University, Van Duzer Theatre
 
Mar 9, 2006  
Santa Cruz, CA USA First Congregational Church
 
Mar 8, 2006  
Los Angeles, CA USA Disney Hall
 
Mar 6, 2006  
Santa Barbara, CA USA UC Santa Barbara Campbell Hall
 
Mar 5, 2006  
San Diego, CA USA Mandeville Auditorium, UC San Diego
 
Mar 4, 2006  
Washington, DC USA Church of the Epiphany
 
Mar 3, 2006  
New York, NY USA Symphony Space
 

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[The 1987 release, Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares,] cracked open a whole sonic world largely unknown beyond the Balkans, full of gorgeous dissonances and fierce, sung-out emotion…   Soon these women from all over Bulgaria became international stars, with their plushly layered, plangent voices weaving together Bulgarian dissonance and Western European-style choral singing. – NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO


Then came what sounded like a religious chant, which was interrupted by whooping and howling, delicate quartet work and an exquisite lament from Binka Dobreva, with subtle and pained backing from the choir. These women are thrilling, unworldly and compelling. — THE GUARDIAN


Formed in 1952 as the Bulgarian State Radio and Television Female Vocal Choir (but known since the ’80s by this considerably sexier name, originally an album title), this group performs complex modern arrangements of traditional Bulgarian folk and Byzantine liturgical styles. The concept is high, but the effect of the pungently close harmonies and intense percussive yips is immediate and transcendent. — NY TIMES


The popularity of Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares is related to the more recent success of the Benedictine monks of Santo Domingo de Silos, whose first album of Gregorian chant went platinum in the 1990s. This image of innocence is more romantic than factually accurate; what groups like the Voix Bulgares offer are contemporary reconstructions or reinterpretations of folk traditions as much as the traditions themselves. — WASHINGTON POST


Their renditions of old Bulgarian folk songs about harvests, illness and God are tear-jerking, emotional and profound, but delivered with smiling faces and unexpected humour. — THE GUARDIAN

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