Sat, May 13th | 10:00 AM
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 ♦ 7:00 PM
4544 N Lincoln Ave · Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall · 773.728.6000
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 chords. 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.