Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Who Are Rhodopea...

Over the millennium ancient mythology has preserved the fine songs, sung by the followers of Orpheus under the starry heavens of the Rhodope Mountain, in praise of the forces of nature. The songs of the Rhodope Mountain have retained to this day a manner of singing as if drawn from nature itself. An endless horizon...range plies range, to eternity; this music, melodious, vast, sweeping. A free spirit springs from Rhodope songs, each song is unique and close to every Bulgarian.
Rhodope songs are interpreted variously, addressed to audiences with an awareness of various musical idioms. Rhodopea Trio has found a way of its own in its rendition.

The Rhodopea Kaba Trio was founded in the spring of 1989 in the town of Smolyan, on the initiative of Hristina Lyutova, the famous Rhodope folk singer.
The performers, Hristina Lyutova, Silvia Nenkova and Mariyana Pavlova (Hristina Lyutova’s daughter), are typical representatives of the Rhodope region vocal folklore.
The three of them have alto voices, reminiscent of the soft yet powerful sonority of the kaba-bagpipe. Characteristic of their style is singing in low register. It is as if the three voices come from one and same throat, in a perfect unity of timbers. Composer Prof. Nikolai Kaufmann, Phd: “ The Rhodopea Trio is a stable one. The singers’ voices vary from middle to high, masculine in tonality. A female alto trio is a phenomenon, rare in the world.”
Except of folklore, the Trio represents Orthodox as well.
Rhodopea Kaba Trio has brought out 2 CDs and has participated in many TV and Radio shows in Bulgaria and abroad, and has realize many concert tours in more than 40 countries around the world.