Friday, 23 October 2009

Hungarian national day: a special celebration in Sofia, Bulgaria

Zsolt Pintér (HU), Svoboda Bozduganova (BG), Géza Kremnitzky (HU), Lilly Drumeva (BG), Yasen Vasilev (BG)

Lilly Drumeva reports:

Lilly of the West teamed up with Hungarian musicians to perform in Sofia, Bulgaria, to celebrate the Hungarian national day. The concert took place on Wednesday 21 October 2009, at the beautiful renaissance building of the Hungarian embassy in Sofia. Guests were welcomed by the Hungarian ambassador Mrs Judit Lang; the evening continued with a concert by Lilly of the West, featuring Lilly Drumeva (guitar, vocals), Svoboda Bozduganova (upright bass), and Yasen Vasilev (guitar). They were joined by special guests from Hungary: Zsolt Pintér (vocals, guitar, fiddle, mandolin) and Géza Kremnitzky (vocals, mandolin), members of Acousticure, #1 European Bluegrass Band 2008.

The concert featured a mix of bluegrass, country, and blues, together with Bulgarian and Hungarian folk music. There were also some duets with Lilly & Zsolt; the highlight of the evening was a Hungarian pop song, 'The girl with the pearl hair' ('Gyöngyhajú lány'), which Lilly, Zsolt, and Géza sang in Bulgarian and Hungarian, joined by the audience. The concert was followed by a reception and an excellent buffet of Hungarian cuisine.

The night before, Tuesday 20 October, Lilly of the West, Zsolt, and Géza performed at the Tea House, one of Sofia’s popular music venues. Rehearsals became jam sessions in Lilly’s house, followed by Hungarian meals cooked by 'master chefs' Pintér and Kremnitzky.

All in all, a wonderful time spent together, celebrating music and Hungarian culture in Sofia. Another proof, how bluegrass music brings people together and how bluegrass musicians can be excellent ambassadors for their country.

Read Lilly's full report, with many more photos, here.