Schubert Music Publishing welcomes Grammy Award winning choir The Mystery Of the Bulgarian Voices (Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares)

2015-06-22
            We are proud to announce that one of the most distinctive choirs in the contemporary music art, The Mystery of Bulgarian Voices (Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares), has joined Schubert Music Publishing’s artist roster. The Grammy Award winning choir just signed a record deal with our Bulgarian office.
 
            The Mystery of Bulgarian Voices is known worldwide and has performed over 1250 concerts in the most prestigious halls around the world. The choir specializes in both traditional and contemporary Bulgarian folk music and performs a cappella under the expert direction of conductor Prof. Dora Hristova.
 
            Initially founded in 1952 as the Bulgarian State Radio and Television Female Vocal Choir, the ensemble’s first mission was to record authentic and arranged music for multi-voice choral folk songs to be recorded and broadcast first on the radio and TV. The choir was popularized worldwide through the efforts of the Swiss producer and ethnomusicologist Marcel Cellier, who in 1975 released his first album – Volume I which he called "Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares" (The Mystery of the Bulgarian Voices). The album soon became a best seller and in 1987 it was followed by Volume II which in 1990 earned the American Grammy Award. It was also at that time that the choir was called "Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares".
 
            Defined as "one of the most distinctive groups in the world" (Columbus Dispatch, 6 Dec 2006), the choir’s secret weapon is in its microtonal harmonies and unusual intervals that provide a distinctive drone almost ungodly in its beauty. "The "mystery" is in just how they combine diaphonic singing and dissonant harmonies to produce a breathtaking, otherworldly sound somewhere between the Muslim call to prayer and the Beach Boys." (The Guardian, 7 Nov 2011).
 
            The magic of the ensemble stems from their success in mastering Bulgaria’s diverse and age-old vocal traditions and at the same time in sounding strikingly modern and original, thanks to the unique choral music arrangements - multi-part a cappella arrangements delivered by 24 women representing the different folklore regions of Bulgaria.