The Mystery Of The Bulgarian Voices

The Mystery Of The Bulgarian Voices
Over the course of the choir’s 65-year existence, The Mystery of the Bulgarian Voices has left an indelible mark on popular musicians and popular culture. Though the choir became widely known when English alternative record label 4AD reissued a pair of anthology albums in 1986 and 1988 with the now famous title “Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares”, their recordings date as far back as 1957. 4AD founder, Ivo Watts-Russell, was introduced to the choir from a third or fourth generation audio cassette lent to him by Peter Murphy, singer from the band Bauhaus, who himself had become thoroughly entranced by the music.

Simultaneously ancient and post-modern, the sound of The Mystery Of The Bulgarian Voices reminds us that the human voice on its own is still the most powerful, versatile instrument ever created. Unadorned and transcending both cultural and language barriers, the ensemble’s performances provide one of the most unique and compelling experiences in music: The choir did not only win a Music Grammy for best traditional recording in 1988 with their second release on 4AD, it also made it onto the golden record that was put into the Voyager spacecraft in 1977 in search of extra-terrestrial life as one of the remarkable cultural heritages of mankind. The choir has subsequently worked with or been sampled by artists as diverse as Kate Bush, VAST and Drake.
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