Donau is proud to present a rare close-up concert with Berlin's own Bulgarian women's choir, directed by the formidable Boryana Velichkova.
Visceral and enchanting, these songs of love, loss, homesickness, the charm of nature, the harvest, the village life, being human, virgins and grandmas are ancient compositions with startlingly modern harmonic elements.
Bulgarian folk song with its captivating melodies and fascinating rhythms leaves a deep, powerful impression. The sound is full of expression - rich in emotions and passion. The songs reflect a country on the edge of Europe where steep mountains meet the Black Sea, where the golden domes of monasteries jut out of the woods, and valleys, rivers and villages have been the scene of dramatic history and moving fates for centuries.
Primarily Bulgarian, the choir also has members from different countries, including Germany, Latvia, Russia, Australia and Romania.
Original music for piano and guitar.
A duo based out of Bangalore and Berlin, featuring Aman Mahajan on piano and Nishad Pandey on guitar, performing original repertoire with tinctures of jazz, Western and Indian classical music, and contemporary influences.
Aman Mahajan is an Indian pianist, composer and improviser. Having associated with musicians of a plethora of nationalities and musical backgrounds, his work is influenced by traditional and contemporary styles from around the world, and deeply inspired by a sense of unity and connection. Mahajan is presently based out of Bangalore, where he works on original music projects and teaches piano. He is currently active with piano-guitar duo, Tinctures, and is also a returning faculty member at the Global Music Institute, Greater Noida.
Guitarist Nishad Pandey was born in India and spent extended periods of time living in Japan, UK, USA, and Australia. His nomadic existence exposed Nishad to musical and cultural forms from across the globe. Nishad is also a member of experimental world pop band Hatchlings, and a free improvisation duo with Berlin-based violinist Roland Satterwhite, and Bengal to Bavaria, an acoustic trio in which folk repertoire from India and Germany. Between 2011-17, Nishad was based in Kolkata, studying under renowned Indian Classical slide guitarist Pt. Debashish Bhattacharya, composing original music and performing widely. Now based in Berlin, he works as a freelance guitarist, composer and teacher and frequently collaborates with musicians from around the world. He also remotely curates events for Depot48, an independent music venue in Delhi.