Samodivi: The Haunting Beauty of the Balkans
The music of Samodivi is inspired by the beauty and rhythmic intricacies of Balkan musical traditions. The repertoire includes modern interpretations of old folk songs from the Balkan peninsula, as well as original compositions using that style as an inspiration.
The ensemble features Bulgarian-born founder and composer Vessela Stoyanova on marimba, vibraphone, and the MIDI Marimba Lumina; other instrumentation includes the traditional qanun, clarinet, fiddle, string quartet, powerful rhythm section, and on occasion a full Balkan brass band. Weaving in and out of the instrumental pieces are the haunting voices of Burcu Gulec and various guest vocalists.
The Balkan region is often riddled by war and mistrust among the countries that share it, but its music shows a familial bond and a shared culture dating to antiquity. The Samodivi ensemble often includes musicians from Bulgaria, Turkey, Greece, Serbia, the United States, and many other countries.