Washington Revels and the Bulgarian Music Society invite you to a night of folk
music straight from Bulgaria. Lyuben
and Tanya Dossevi, (our very own Tzvety Weiner's
parents) are performing for the Bulgarian community on November
22, 2013 at
the Bulgarian Embassy. This concert is a gift to all of us by the Washington
Revels, for which we thank them.
preparation for its 31st annual Christmas Revels – “Echoes of Thrace: Music,
Dance and Drama of Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey” – Washington Revels is proud to
partner with the Bulgarian Music Society to present in concert two great folk
artists from Bulgaria: celebrated Thracian singer Tanya Dosseva
and master kaval player LyubenDossev. On Friday, November
they will perform at the Bulgarian Embassy together accompanied by their
daughter, Tzvety Weiner, lead singer of local Bulgarian band Lyuti Chushki,
drummer Bryndyn Weiner (Tzvety’s husband) and
friends. This performance is particularly special because the two generations
of musicians will perform side by side for the first time ever!
A few words
about the featured performers:
LyubenDossev was born in Pleven, North Bulgaria, in 1953. Following in the
footsteps of his father TsvetanDossev,
long time kaval player for the famous Severnyashki Ensemble, Lyuben
started to play the kaval as a small child. After Lyuben graduated from the PlevenMusicHigh School, he moved to Plovdiv to attend the Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts. During this
time, he was one of the founders of the vocational music high school in the
town of ShirokaLűka in the Rhodope mountains, the first of its kind in Bulgaria. Lyuben
received his Bachelor’s degree from the Academy and has been teaching there
ever since; he later went on to earn his Doctorate degree, also from the
Academy. Lyuben has taught nearly all of the current
generation of Bulgaria’s most well-known kaval players and has been a mentor for many young
musicians, as well as colleagues at the Academy.
In 2004, Lyuben was elected Dean of the Department of Music
Folklore, Choreography and Arts, at the Academy. He has taught numerous times
at folk camps in the U.S. and is excited to come back to the U.S. and perform for his Bulgarian and
American friends on this side of the Atlantic.
2008, LyubenDossev became Bulgaria's first kaval
player to achieve full professorship and was elected Vice Rector of the MusicAcademy. In October 2013, Lyuben was awarded the highest academic degree of Member of
the BulgarianAcademy of Sciences and Arts (or "Akademik" in Bulgarian), an extraordinary recognition
for his significant contributions to the Bulgarian culture, arts and folklore
Dosseva was born in 1954 in Sinapovo,
Strandzha region, in Eastern Thrace. Tanya’s first singing experiences
date back to her early childhood performances at village fairs, celebrations
and competitions where she often moved the audience to tears with her sad slow
songs and beautiful voice. Tanya graduated from the Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts in Plovdiv in 1977 and was immediately hired
as a teacher at the ShirokaLűkaMusicHigh School; she was simultaneously appointed a
soloist for the Academy’s Folk Choir, a position that she held for 11 years.
to being an exceptional performer, Tanya also mentors and teaches children
interested in Bulgarian folklore. She is an integral part of the Plovdiv Folk
Seminar taking place at the PlovdivAcademy each summer where, for a week, she
shares her talent and intimate knowledge of the Bulgarian folk song with people
from all over the world.
her singing career, Tanya has performed at many prestigious venues in Bulgaria, Europe and North America as a soloist, as well as with the
Sofia Women's Choir; for almost 20 years now she has been the lead singer for
one of the most popular wedding bands in the country, KonushenskiOrkestar. In the summers of 2000 and 2001, Tanya
taught at the EastEuropeanFolklifeCenter’s Balkan Music & Dance Workshops
in Maryland, USA. She is particularly excited to be
part of this year's Washington Revels and present the beauty of the Bulgarian
traditional music to thousands of people in our area.
Dosseva Weiner is the only child of our honored guests this year,
Lyuben and Tanya Dossevi.
She was born in 1978 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, and all her life she has been
immersed in Bulgarian folk music, although she did not actively start her
performing career until she came to the U.S. in 1998. Almost immediately Tzvety
joined the local folk band, Lyuti Chushki, and has been its lead vocalist since
then. With Lyuti Chushki, Tzvety has performed up and down the East Coast for
dance workshops, parties, embassy functions, weddings, presentations, folk
camps. She is also closely involved with the local women's group Slaveya.
Tzvety had her first experience with the Washington Revels in the Roads of the
Roma show. This year, she has been assisting the Revels community and taken a
leadership role in the preparations for the upcoming Echos
of Thrace show, which focuses primarily on Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey.
native of Silver Spring, Maryland, has been exposed to dance and
music from the Balkans since childhood. His musical portfolio includes singing
in musicals and choirs, a specialist role in the 2003 Washington Revels’ Roads
of the Roma show, playing tupan (traditional Balkan bass drum) and dumbek (hand drum) for 20+ years and more recently learning
traps. His musical group experiences include stints with the DC-area groups
Lyuti Chushki (Bulgarian traditional), BAMCo (Balkan
brass band) and Luk Na Glavata
(Macedonian traditional). Bryndyn co-founded the Balkanics
(Balkan fusion wedding band) in the fall of 2004 after returning from a
musically inspiring trip to Bulgaria. Bryndyn’s
dance resume includes previously being a member of Zemya
Balkan dance ensemble, teacher and choreographer for theTisza
Hungarian dance ensemble and a visiting member of the Nyírség
Ensemble, one of Hungary’s top flight amateur folk dance groups.
looking forward to participating in this year's Revels production, Echoes of
Thrace, where again he takes on a tradition-bearer role.