In a unique collaboration, She'Koyokh & Veda Slovena Bulgarian Choir combine the fiery panache of klezmer and Balkan music with the timeless beauty of Bulgarian voices. Bulgarian folk singing sparked the world's attention in the '80s with Filip Kutev's Grammy Award-winning Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares. This ancient, distinctive and highly sophisticated vocal tradition is said to be capable of transforming daily hardship and historical tragedy into sublime beauty. Bulgaria famously sits on the crossroad between Europe and Asia, and this is a fitting union; She'Koyokh, "playing the best Balkan and klezmer music in Britain" (The Evening Standard) form a unique collaboration with Veda Slovena Bulgarian Choir, weaving Jewish, Turkish and Balkan music into the rich tapestry of the Bulgarian choral tradition.
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Inspired by wandering nineteenth century klezmorim, She'Koyokh have spent the last decade sponging up the rich folk musics of Eastern Europe, Turkey and the Balkans. Hailed as "one of London's musical treasures, playing the best Balkan and klezmer music in Britain" (The Evening Standard) and "among the finest klezmer ensembles on the planet" (The Australian), She'Koyokh's evolution spans the humble origins of busking at East London's Columbia Road flower market to performing in the famous concert halls of Europe including Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, the Gasteig in Munich, and London's Southbank Centre.
Veda Slovena Bulgarian Choir is a mixed-voice choir based at University College London, specialising in Bulgarian sacred and secular music and whose repertoire is rooted in the great collective singing traditions of Bulgaria. VSBC were voted Choir of the Day in the Open category of Choir of the Year in 2014, and performed at festivals such as Sangerstevne International Choral Festival and Brandenburg Choral Festival as well as at St Luke's Church in Kingston. VSBC is committed to preserving and celebrating this unique and distinctive style of singing.
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