Originally from Bulgaria, both Anton Shekerjiev and Iskra Valtcheva left their home country at an early age and traveled the world. Their paths crossed in Tucson, where their shared passion for Old World music and their love for their culture led them to develop a repertoire of traditional Bulgarian songs. Anton is known for his performances with Balkan Spirit, Kyklo, Moreto, and as a member of Ensemble Rhodopchani, a Bulgarian bagpipe band. Iskra has collaborated with Kyklo, Purple Bamboo Ensemble at the University of Arizona, the Infinite Compassion Orchestra, Datura Moon Orchestra, The Drum Joy Band, Jesse Kalu and Khalid el Boujami.
Their performance highlights traditional Bulgarian instruments, including gaida (bagpipe), tambura (long neck fretted lute), tapan (large double-headed drum), and oud (short neck fretless lute). Anton and Iskra’s vocals feature typical Bulgarian harmonies which can sound eerily dissonant to the Western listener, only to resolve into the sweet consonance of familiar intervals and unison. Their repertoire shows the musical diversity across Bulgarian ethnographic regions. Bulgarian rhythms are complex and syncopated, characterized by compound patterns such as 5/8 (Paidushko Horo), 7/8 (Rachenitsa), 9/8 (Daichovo Horo) and 11/16 (Kopanitsa).
Sunday, Oct. 9 | 1 pm | Church Stage
Sunday, Oct. 9 | 2:30 pm | Memory Tent
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- Church stage, Sunday Oct 9, 1:00 to 1:45 PM (Performance)
- Memory tent, Sunday Oct 9, 2:30 to 3:00 PM (Performance)