November 04, 2013
Black Sea Hotel's new record, THE FOREST IS SHAKING AND SWAYING, is complete!, and it sounds seriously amazing. We're pretty much in heaven. Join Willa and Sarah (plus five guest singers) at our RECORD RELEASE, next Friday, November 8th at 7pm, at The Hive NYC (20 Cook St - Williamsburg/Bushwick):

WHAT TO EXPECT at the RECORD RELEASE: Live Vocal Performances, Album Sneak Preview Listening, Ridiculous Slideshow, food and tons of drinks - Libation and Merriment! --- Willa and Sarah paired up with five different special guest singers: Rima Fand, Yula Beeri, Olivia Gunton, Shelley Thomas, and Carl Linich.
November 04, 2013
My singing partner, Willa, and I just received our album’s CD’s in the mail, feeling ridiculously silly and giggly about the completion of our record!: 
September 11, 2013
Tomorrow night, FRIDAY THE 13TH at 9:15pm --- come see my NYC FILM ACTING DEBUT in "Butter on the Latch", a 66 minute horror film/ psychological thriller, brilliantly conceived by director Josephine Decker and hauntingly filmed by cinematographer Ashley Connor.

In "Butter on the Latch" I play a girl, aptly named 'Sarah', who immerses herself very deeply (maybe too deeply) into the dark underworld of a Bulgarian folk song that she's learning at Balkan Camp in the Mendocino woodlands… It's chilling and haunting, and really that's all I'm gonna say. Please come hug me afterwards. I think I may need it.

The New Yorker

“Butter on the Latch”
an exclusive New York screening (including Q+A)
Tomorrow, Friday September 13th - 9:15 pm

La Di Da Film Festival
at the Anthology Film Archives
32 Second Avenue (at 2nd street) NYC
Tickets: purchase at the door.
July 03, 2013
Here's Willa (my singing partner) and I in the budget rental truck, as we drive cross-country this summer (with Boyfriend and Little, aka, the ShitKittenson route to Chimayo NM to finish mixing our album, followed by little innocent Boyfriend freaking out with excitement upon arrival!

May 18, 2013
Acme Studio and Sarah Small present “Balkan Incarnations”
Friday, May 24th, 2013 – Brooklyn, NY
63 N. 3rd St, Brooklyn, NY 11211  -  7:00pm-11:00pm
Greek and Italian hors d’oeuvres by Mackenzie and wine and beer provided by Acme.
Suggested donation$5-$25. Proceeds will benefit the production of Black Sea Hotel’s new album and Tableau Vivant’s Global Tour.

On Friday May 24th Acme Studio and Sarah Small present “Balkan Incarnations,” an evening of music, film, photography and performance, an immersion into harmony and dissonance through contemporary embodiment of Balkan folk songs and ancient stories.

Included in the evening is a screening of Sarah Small’s Tableau Vivant of the Delirium Constructions, supplemented by Small’s photographic stills from The Delirium Constructions, as well as a sneak preview trailer of Director Josephine Decker’s experimental psychological thriller “Butter on the Latch."

The screenings will be prefaced by vocal performance by Black Sea Motel (an experimental off-shoot of Black Sea Hotel). Willa Roberts and Sarah Small will perform as a live duo while Corinna Snyder will appear projected like an apparition, on a pre-recorded track/video, interweaving the live and the virtual. Black Sea Motel will sing “Ibish Aga”, the Bulgarian song featured in the 2011 Tableau. Small and Roberts will also perform traditional and arranged Balkan a Cappella repertoire as a duo, including songs from their upcoming album.

For Full Event Details and to Download Press Release. Proceeds from this event will fund Black Sea Hotel's new album as well support pre-production for the Tableau Vivant tour. Click to support Black Sea Hotel's new album directly.

May 02, 2013
Tableau Music is here! … on Black Sea Hotel's new album! … 

Ibish Aga (the folk song that ends with sustained "umre's" from Tableau 2011 
is included on Black Sea Hotel's brand New Full-Length Album. 

Here is a sneak peak preview of the unmixed/un-mastered track, so you can remember the "Ibish Aga" moment in Tableau. 

Click to pre-order our new album

For those of you more adventurous… there are a wide range of enticing incentives available… including songbooks and bloopers, but our personally favorite incentive is this: we will come to your house, cook you banitsa, shopska and other Bulgarian dinner and dessert treats; we will drink honey liquor with you; we will sing for you, laugh with you, exchange stories, then sing you to sleep with lullabies, after which we will come downstairs, clean your kitchen, leave you a present on the table, and quietly let ourselves out…

May 01, 2013
Guys! Oh my God… I acted in a Horror Movie. Not Kidding….

It's called Butter on the Latch  -  World Premiere 5/9 and 5/11 in MD.

As an experiment, as prompted by Director Josephine Decker and her insatiable urge to create insanely chilling filmic stories, I acted, for the first time, in a movie!… It took place at Balkan Camp in Mendocino CA, where I go during the summers (in real life) to study Balkan singing. She decided to use Balkan Camp as a backdrop for the story of a young woman, played by me (aptly named Sarah), who looses her mind inside a folk song, Zhenish Me Mamo she's learning about dragons who intwine themselves in a woman's hair and carry them off through the forest, burning as they go. The film explores a friendship, a romance, and terrifying interplay between imagination and reality. The Eastern European Folklife Center was kind enough to allow Josephine and her crew in to create this film. I wasn't sure what I was getting into when we started shooting this movie together, but my god am I glad we did this… The story is brilliantly directed and edited Josephine Decker and hauntingly shot by Ashley Connor. For those Black Sea Hotel fans, an original arrangement of Zhenish Me Mamo will be included on Black Sea Hotel's new album, as well as in the soundtrack of Butter on the Latch.

Butter on the Latch premieres at the fifteenth annual Maryland Film Festival next month:
Click here for details.
Location: The Charles Theater, Windup Space, MICA Brown Center, Baltimore MD
Showtimes: Thursday, May 9th - 11:30pm + Saturday, May 11th, 12:30pm
Also featuring a special film selected and presented by legendary filmmaker John Waters and a silent classic shown with a live musical score presented by the Alloy Orchestra.

April 30, 2013
Black Sea Hotel will NOT be performing inside an 80K-Gallon Mayonnaise Container --- Tuesday 5/14

Instead, get ready for Shostakovich and Black Sea Hotel on Central Park West!

Black Sea Hotel was scheduled to perform inside an enormous metal tank in Brooklyn on May 14th. This show was canceled last minute unforeseen circumstances… and now, BSH has been invited, instead, to perform in a gorgeous apartment on Central Park West, overlooking the park. The event is hosted by Lenore Davis, both our host and a brilliant pianist, who will also be playing on the program. I attended a lovely house concert at this location last month. Lenore, on piano, was joined by violinist Judy Kang (adorable girl in pink just back from touring with Lady Gaga) and cellist Kathe Jarke, in a program of Beethoven chamber music.

May 14th's Program:

Dances by Shostakovich: Lenore Davis- solo piano (5 minutes)
Dvorak's Dumky Trio (mvts. 4,5,6):  Lenore Davis- piano, Matous Michal- violin, Patrick Hopkins -cello (14-minutes)
Black Sea Hotel (50-minute set)

Date: Tuesday, 5/14
Time: 7pm
Location: This is a private house concert on Central Park. Inquire within for location details.
Suggested Donation: sliding scale $15-$25 (pay what you can)
Facebook Invite

We are suggesting a $25 admission. Tickets can be purchased via our new album's KS campaign, by clicking here: We want to make the event accessible to our student/ working musician friends, so for those of you who can pay only $15, then please pay $15… we want to include you too!

April 30, 2013
HYDRA performs with Moon Fool's Titania and Special Guests

Dates:   Friday 4/26 and Saturday 4/27
Time:  7:30pm (doors)
Location:  The Hive - 20 Cook St, Brooklyn NY
Admission:  $15
Event on Facebook

Anna-Helena McLean is here visiting from London, on tour performing solo musical cabaret Titania and has invited Hydra and other special guests to open for her on both Friday and Saturday nights, this coming weekend. She was here last year, with the first incarnation of her innovative re-imagining of A Midsummer Night's Dream. She challenges her audience; she is enormously engaging… singing beautifully, but also screaming caustically, looping cello, laughing, drinking - her "performance" is some unknown breed of wild animal. Hydra and Anna-Helena will be joined by special guests, Willa Roberts (Saturday night only), Shelly Thomas and Jenny Luna.

March 18, 2013
Friday, April 19th 8pm  -  Washington, DC
Church of the Holy City
Un-mic'd - gorgeous church acoustics
1611 16th Street NW, Washington, DC
Red Line to Dupont Circle
March 18, 2013
Thursday, April 18th Doors 9:00, BSH  9:45pm   -  Richmond, VA
One-hour set – mic’d in club
203 N Lombardy Street, Richmond, VA

March 18, 2013
Thursday, April 18th 5:30-7:00pm  -  Richmond, VA
Balkan Singing Workshop
Illumination Studio
109 W. 15th Street, Suite 104, Richmond, VA
Admission and Reservations: Inquire within.