Vocal Soundscapes of Southern Bulgaria

Perunika Trio – Introducing Perunika Trio

Perunika Trio – Introducing Perunika Trio (INTRO109CD, 2008)

Eugenia Georgieva, Victoria Mancheva and Victoria Evstatieva form a vocal ensemble called Perunika. Although they are Bulgarians, they live in England and met through the London Bulgaria Choir.

The enthralling pieces selected for their debut album, Introducing Perunika Trio, come from southern Bulgaria. The songs include laments from Strandja, melancholic chants from Rhodope, Thracian love songs, asymmetric Pirin diaphony and clashing sounds and the ‘hiccupping’ style from Shopsko.

The three musicians come from various backgrounds (classical, rock, traditional), but they share their passion for Bulgaria’s vocal tradition. Bulgaria’s vocal tradition is rich and varied, due to historical factors. Bulgarians were forbidden by the Ottomans to wear clothes of color other than black, grey and brown and musical instruments were limited. So the human voice became the main outlet for creativity both as folk music and to glorify God in Orthodox churches.

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Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.