AN EXO PROJECT
In 2019, we invited Bulgarika to perform alongside EXO in a celebration of the virtuosic musical tradition of Bulgaria, including the traditional ensemble consisting of tambura, gadulka, gaida, kaval, and tapan. We celebrated the Bulgarian composer Pancho Vladiguerov, performing the US Premiere of his Five Pieces for String Orchestra, and commissioned composers to write arrangements or settings of traditional Bulgarian melodies, including Patrick Castillo, Lainie Fefferman, Brad Balliett, Doug Balliett, Kate Ettinger, Michi Wiancko, and James Blachly.
… James Blachly, conducting New York’s Experiential Chorus and Orchestra, catches the music’s sweeping, sonorous energy. Sarah Brailey’s soprano radiates assurance, and Dashon Burton is outstanding as the pensive Prisoner.READ FULL ARTICLE