Divi Zheni is Boston’s own Balkan Women’s Chorus & Orchestra, directed by Tatiana Sarbinska, acclaimed Bulgarian folk singer, instructor, and conductor.
CANCELED EVENT: Divi Zheni Appears at Bulgaria’s National Liberation Day 2020 Celebration
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE CORONA VIRUS
We regret to inform you that the event in honor of Bulgaria’s National Liberation Day on March 8th is postponed for a later date TBD. The Bulgarian Center and the Bulgarian School made the difficult decision today in light of the most recent developments with the coronavirus situation. They would like to ensure the safety of their guests, volunteers and performers and prevent possible exposure. Divi Zheni looks forward to helping them celebrate in the future!
“Thank you so much for the amazing performance! Thank you for bringing so much joy and love!”
—Audience Member, March 19, 2016
“Just a note to say the singing was great! I much enjoyed the interesting, unusual harmonies and tonal richness, the spirit of it, also the way singers interacted – the soloists, the smaller groups and then the whole group. There was also a slightly haunting quality there…”
— Audience Member, April 8, 2010
“…this…sentiment resonated with a joy found in the natural cycles of life, and created an air of intimacy drawing together the performers to a very packed house.”
— Margaret Smith, Lexington Minuteman, November 23, 2007
“That night, both my brother and I felt a piece of home in our hearts, for the first time in the U.S.”
— Bulgarian audience member, 2006
Divi Zheni is now an incorporated 501(c)(3) educational organization; all donations are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Checks may be made payable to “Divi Zheni” and mailed to
c/o Jane Culbert
71 Bartlett Avenue
Arlington, MA 02476
We hope to accept donations via the website in the future.
Bulgarian Night at the Folk Arts Center of New England
BULGARIAN NIGHT features music by two fabulous Boston-area Bulgarian choruses and orchestras, Divi Zheni ("Wild Women") and the men's group Zornitsa ("Morning Star"), both directed by the renowned Tatiana Sarbinska. Join the Folk Arts Center of New England on February 21 for a wonderful evening of Bulgarian music, dancing for all, and refreshments!
FAC leaders will teach several dances, and most other dances can be followed by watching the leaders. You do NOT need to have previous dance experience, nor to attend with a partner.
Please help protect the hall's wooden floor by changing from street shoes to clean, soft-soled shoes for dancing. The Park Avenue Church is accessible by public transportation; free parking is available on nearby streets.
BULGARIAN NIGHT at the FAC Friday Folk Dance:
February 21, 2020, 8-11 pm
Park Avenue Congregational Church
50 Paul Revere Road at Park Avenue, one block from Massachusetts Avenue in Arlington Heights, Arlington MA (near MBTA Bus Route 77 from Harvard Square to Arlington Heights).
The Friday dance is held most weeks, September - June, 8 - 11 pm.
(no dance on April 24, 2020)
Admission $10/ FAC members $8 / Students $5
Divi Zheni Performers on Tour in Bulgaria!
Five members of Divi Zheni were delighted to join our artistic director Tatiana Sarbinska, our sister chorus, Orfeia, and our new friends in song, Svitanya, on a concert tour across Bulgaria, in October 2013. There we performed at concert halls, a history museum, a juried composition contest, national radio, Bulgarian late night TV’s The Slavi Show, and at the American Embassy in Sofia. It was an exciting trip! A musical highlight was performing with the world-renowned Philip Koutev orchestra and chorus, and hearing them play award-winning compositions in the traditional Bulgarian style. And a cultural highlight was visting the Todoroff Winery, where you can eat the most delicious food, drink the most delicious wine, and hear amazing traditional music.
November 16, 2013 Leave a reply
Live Recordings of Divi Zheni in SoundCloud!
This summer we went through recordings of concerts we performed in recent years, and found some beautiful tracks for you to have a listen to. We posted them to our music page using a very cool widget made by SoundCloud. Just click the track titles to hear each one. Many are in Bulgarian, and there are a few in Russian and Ladino as well. The levels are a bit all over the place, as these tracks haven’t yet been mastered. But the songs are lovely — enjoy!
July 17, 2012 Leave a reply
Divi Zheni’s Blog!
Divi Zheni’s “News” page is now a blog! Check in here for news from the group about our musical adventures! And we’d love to hear from you too ?
– Freedom Baird
Divi Zheni singer and web ma’am
July 5, 2012 Leave a reply
Love Songs for Spring Time
This past fall and winter our director Tatiana brought us a host of new folk songs to learn, including several love songs about women named Gana, Rajka, Marcho, and their recalcitrant mothers and forlorn boyfriends. The rowdiest of these is a Greek tune, Dimitroula Mu, in which the protagonist’s sweetheart says (if I may paraphrase) “let’s get drunk and dance on the tables my dear, I’ll pay for anything you break!”. We’ll be performing these and other new songs at our upcoming concerts this spring, and with accompaniment by our dear friends Ira Gessel and Ralph Iverson from our “brother” chorus, Zornitsa. Ajde!
March 3, 2011 Leave a reply
Back From Bulgaria
We’re back from our two week concert tour in Bulgaria. It was awe-inspiring to be up in the Sredna Gora mountains and down by the Black Sea, witnessing beautiful Balkan music performances, and offering our own as well. Our deepest thanks to our Boston-area audience members and donors for your support this year, which made this trip possible. We’re looking forward to sharing with you some of what we learned and experienced at upcoming concerts!
Divi Zheni at the Koprivshtitsa National Folklore Festival, August 2010. Photo by Henry Olds.