Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares - Live at Le Guess Who? 2017
Bulgarian women's choir Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares performed music from their new album 'BooCheeMish' live at Le Guess Who? 2017, in Utrecht's iconic Dom church (dating back to the 13th century). The performance was curated by Perfume Genius for the festival.
The famous Bulgarian women's choir Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares ('Mystery of the Bulgarian Voices') is comprised of 22 members. Performing in traditional clothing, the varying voices of the choir weave together in a serene manner, forming cunningly complex arrangements. The ensemble originated in 1952 (as The Bulgarian State Television Female Vocal Choir), and has since been performing ancient Bulgarian folk songs which, thanks to the innovative vocal use, conjure melodies that take you across time and space.
Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares will release their new album 'BooCheeMish' this spring, featuring Lisa Gerrard from Dead Can Dance. Their performance at Le Guess Who? marked the premiere of these works in The Netherlands.
Watch the video recordings of 'Zableyalo Agne' and 'Mome Malenko' live at the festival:
Audio recorded by Marc Broer at Le Guess Who? 2017 on Thursday, 9 November. Recordings made in cooperation with VPRO / Vrije Geluiden.
Photography by Melanie Marsman and Ben Houdijk.