Bulgarian Vocal Trio

Theatre: Jackson's Lane, London

Year: 2015


  • Yaniv Fridel - arrangements
  • Dessislava Stefanova - lead voice
  • Kalina Koleva - voice
  • Viv Boucherat - voice

A commission for the Other Seder by the JCC and Yad Arts, recorded at Jackson’s Lane theatre, London, 2013.

Dessislava Stefanova is leader of the London Bulgarian Choir – winners of BBC Radio3 Open Choir of the Year and collaborators on Electric Proms with alt-rock band Doves – and one of the most powerful singers I’ve had the pleasure of working with. In this trio with Kalina Koleva and Viv Boucherat, they sing new arrangements for Sephardic songs from the Balkans.

This was a personal project for my partner Yaniv, as we had source recordings of the songs originally performed by his wife Daphna’s grandmother in Yugoslavia.

With thanks to the wonderful Belgrade artist and khazan Stefan Sablić for advice with lyrics and translations.

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