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BLACK SEA HOTEL
"Balkan Vocal Pyrotechnics"
 
  "...hits with the magnetic pull of rock-bound sirens.  Just tie me to the mast now…” 
— NPR‚Äč

 

Affectionately dubbed a “punk rock version of Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares”,

Black Sea Hotel’s distinct yet unified voices create a harmonic blend that

is often called otherworldly, haunting, and spellbinding. Co-founded by Small in 2006, Black Sea Hotel (Small, Shelley Thomas, and Willa Roberts) gathers songs

from Bulgarian and Macedonian archival field recordings, master singers, and large

mid-century choral arrangements, and boldly reimagines them. The woman have carved

out an unusual niche for themselves at the nexus between between Balkan folksong and

new music. Repertoire ranges from lilting, chillingly sparse, and achingly beautiful

to intensely strident, dissonant, packed, and unpredictable.

ensemble website

"...a miraculous and transportive alchemy... 
transcends the very physicality of music itself”  
  -- Sirius XM Radio 

Photo Credit: Ryan Roberts

Photo Credit: Ryan Roberts

Photo Credit: Jim Roberts

Photo Credit: Jim Roberts

Photo Credit: Jim Roberts

Photo Credit: Ryan Roberts

Photo Credit: Sarah Mullins

Photo Credit: Black Sea Hotel

Photo Credit: Bruce Dunlap

Photo Credit: Bruce Dunlap

Photo Credit: Ryan Roberts

Photo Credit: Black Sea Hotel

Photo Credit: Roger Wingman

Photo Credit: Roger Wingman

Photo Credit: Bruce Dunlap