Concerts from the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, 2013-2014

MARCH 5, 2014 at Noon, No Tickets Required

Tzvetelina Dosseva Weiner, Valeri Georgiev, and Varol Saatcioglu, traditional Turkish and Bulgarian music

Whittall Pavilion

Tzvety Weiner (vocals) was born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, and raised in a family steeped in Bulgarian folk music, but she didn’t start singing it until coming to the United States in 1998. Tzvety’s parents are both well-known and highly respected musicians in Bulgaria, and since she began singing in Washington, D.C. with the traditional Bulgarian band “Lyuti Chushki” she has also collaborated with her parents on CD projects in Bulgaria. In addition, Tzvety sings with the traditional Macedonian band “Luk Na Glavata,” and with a local women’s group, Slaveya.

Valeri Georgiev (kaval) was born in the village of Nikopol in northern Bulgaria and has been playing kaval since his youth. After completing his studies at the National School for Folk Arts in Kotel and at the Academy of Music and Dance Arts in Plovdiv, Valeri organized and worked with Folk Theater Naiden Kirov and Orchestra Horo in Russe, North Bulgaria. He regularly performs with “Lyuti Chushki” in Washington, D.C., and is a guest performer for many other traditional Bulgarian artists

Varol Saatcıoğlu (gaida, dumbek, vocals) was born in Edirne, Turkey. At the age of five, Varol was accepted into the prestigious Municipal Conservatory of İstanbul, where he studied music theory and piano performance. After immigrating to the United States, he began studying the gaida (Bulgarian bagpipe) under the expert guidance of Georgi Doichev, former principal soloist with the Filip Kutev Bulgarian National Ensemble. Varol currently lives in Washington, DC and performs with a number of ensembles along the East Coast.

A free noon concert series presented by the American Folklife Center and the Music Division of the Library of Congress. All concerts are held in the Whittall Pavilon (located on the Ground Floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress). NO TICKETS REQUIRED.