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Magnificent, otherworldly soundscapes of dissonant diaphonic harmonies that helped kick-start the whole world music movement.
Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Jan 2013
The fascination concerns one of the most unique sounds in music: multi-part a capella arrangements delivered by up to 19 women. The “mystery” is in just how they combine diaphonic singing and dissonant harmonies to produce a breathtaking, otherworldly sound somewhere between the Muslim call to prayer and the Beach Boys. With any two voices sounding like 20 and another lady “conducting”, they are an orchestra of voice.
Dave Simpson,The Guardian, Nov 2011
…their voices imparting an otherworldliness that seems to take in little bits of Arabia, North African and European folk; complex vocal arrangements, that takes traditional music as the foundation and elaborates on that with changes in texture, tempo and intensity. The vocal dexterity of all members of the choir was transfixing throughout, gaining a deserved standing ovation at the end
Latest 7, Brighton,Nov 2011
This is music that definitely challenges our ideas of what choral music is all about, with its unexpected yips and cries, snippets of dialogue, and full-throated, wavering chords. Ancient and post-modern at the same time, the sound of the Bulgarian Women’s Television Choir reminds us that the human voice on its own is still the most powerful, versatile instrument ever created. VS
by Ellen Burmeister after the show in Pabst theater
Incredible solos and collective power from the famed Bulgarian vocal choir
They begin to sing. And that’s when the tears come. The harmonies tight, careful and layered, the vocal lines eliding, tumbling. Deep, dissonant choruses rumble and solo lines are naked, powerful and visceral.
There’s something of a sobbing flamenco in this music, a lot of Romany influences and a Greek theatrically to the clanging and clashing of the voices. It sounds like old, old music. They sing as a full choir, or in pairs or little groups, stepping forward from the chorus and bowing gently at the end of each heart-stopping tune, the dissonance sounding so wrong, even the tempo of the contralto’s funereal chanting sounding out of kilter.Yet as the piece continues the two sections seem to slide into one another, pushing into an astonishingly vivid and powerful vocal landscape. I would challenge any sturm und drang rock band to produce something as fierce, as weird and so utterly compelling. And yet it is the human voice, unadorned and transcending cultural and language barriers, that creates such an extraordinary and chilling effect.
MUSIC REVIEW: Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares (Culture NorthernIreland), Nov 2011