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GRAMMY AWARD WINNER - BEST WORLD MUSIC ALBUM 2017

"Sing Me Home" by Yo-Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble (Featuring Black Sea Hotel on "Sadila Jana")


Upcoming

Summer 2017 Dates:


8.12.17 Future Tribe @ MusikFest - Bethlehem, PA

7.28-7.30.17 Vocals by Black Sea Hotel featured in The Ark Dome Show, Panorama Festival - Randall's Island, NY

7.14.17 Rural Route Film Festival - Brooklyn Grange Rooftop, Queens, NY


 

Past Performances

7.6.17 Barbes - Brooklyn, NY

6.25.17 Brooklyn NomadsIndiana Landmark Center, Grand Hall - Indianapolis, IN

6.18.17 New York Arabic Orchestra Small Ensemble @ NYC KidsFest - Harlem, NY

6.9.17 New York Arabic Orchestra @ CUNY Graduate Center, Elebesh Hall - NY, NY

6.3.17 ChoralFest USA feat. Yasna Voices (New York Bulgarian Women's Choir) @ Symphony Space - NYC, NY

6.2.17 Bulgarian Voices Trio @ Confetti Machine  - Brooklyn, NY


 Spring 2017 Dates:

4.27.17 Future Tribe CD Release @ DROM - NY, NY

4.8.17 Future Tribe @ Fat Baby - NY, NY

4.6.17 Sharq Attack feat. Shelley Thomas @ The Owl - Brooklyn, NY

4.1.17 Future Tribe Iqra Fund fundraiser - NY, NY

3.25.17 Vlada Tomova's Balkan Tales @ Havana World Music Festival - Havana, Cuba

3.4.17 Yasna Voices @ Theaterlab - NY, NY


Winter 2017 Dates:

Brooklyn Nomads Present: The Banned Seven - A Refugee Benefit Concert (proceeds go to IRAP - International Refugee Assistance Project)

2.26.17 @ Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, MA

2.21.17  @ Le Poisson Rouge, NYC, NY 

1.6,7, & 11-14.17 Prototype Festival - HERE Arts, Brooklyn, NY

The Wall Street Journal says of Secondary Dominance:

"A multimedia piece that defies strict categories...the most striking sections feature Balkan folk singing by Ms. Small and Ms. Thomas, where the anguished harmonic friction between the drone and the melody has a stronger erotic charge than the punk rock."

Review Links:

+ Wall Street Journal

New York Theater

+ The Theater Times

+ New York Music Daily

Photo Credit: Paula Court

Including the WORLD PREMIERE of Black Sea Hotel's First Official MUSIC VIDEO, Zhenish Me Mamo, directed by Josephine Decker

 


 

New Album "JOY" OUT NOW!

RELEASED SPRING 2016

Purchase on CDBaby

Available on iTunes 

“As exhilarating to listen to as it is a towering display of vocal prowess. Thomas has such vast range, formidable technique and minutely nuanced command of microtones that she can do it all. The result is rapture that sometimes borders on terror…One of the half-dozen best albums of 2016.”

-New York Music Daily


Fall 2016 Dates:

11.12.16 Arabic Music Retreat Gala @ Harvard Club - NYC, NY - US

Article in Centerline News  

10.21.16 Bulgarian Voices Trio @ Small World Music Center - Toronto, ON - Canada

10.19.16 Bulgarian Voices Trio @ Old Town School of Folk Music - Chicago, IL

10.9.16 Arabic Vocal Workshop + Trio Concert - Studio Arabesque, Los Angeles, CA

9.29.16 Bulgarian Voices Trio + Kaynak Pipers Band @ the New York Gypsy Festival - Drom, NYC, NY 

 

8.29.16 Adam Maalouf + the Brooklyn Raga Massive feat. Shelley Thomas - The Well, Brooklyn, NY

 


 Summer 2016 Dates:

8.4.16 Bulgarian Voices Duo @ Gathering Friends Festival - Moscow Conservatory, Moscow, Russia

6.21.16 Jebebara @ Fete de la Musique - Beirut, Lebanon 11pm 

Secteur Foch Allenby / Rue Abdel Mallak

 

6.4.16 Jebebara Unity Drum @ White Beach, Batroun, Lebanon

 


 Spring 2016 Dates:

4.29.16 "JOY" CD Release Party @ Gallery MC, NY

4.16.16 Bulgarian Voices Trio - Concert at La Grua Center, CT 5pm 

4.10.16 Workshop with Ukrainian Village Voices 2pm

4.2.16 Bulgarian Voices Trio & Gorana Dance @ JCC Manhattan 7pm

4.6.16 Middle Eastern Vocal Workshop at Hunter College

 


 Winter 2016 Dates:

1.19.15 @ DROM NYC 

Classic Arabic songs from the Golden Era and old muwashahat

Brian Prunka - oud; Samer Ali - violin; Sprocket Royer - bass; Zafer Tawil - percussion.


 

1.17.16 Sunday

Black Sea Hotel @ Pioneer Works

5pm Open Gallery, 6pm Concert


 

1.16.16 Saturday

7:30 - Atrium - Bulgarian Voices Trio / NY Bulgarian Women's Choir

10:30 - Atrium - Black Sea Hotel


 

1.15.16 Friday

Bulgarian Voices Trio - Winter Concert

7:30 pm

$15 Suggested Donation / Free with APAP Badge

Fridman Gallery

287 Spring St

New York, NY 10013

www.fridmangallery.com


Interview + snippets from performance with Jawaahir Dance Company's Sing To Me A Little with BelAhdan Producer Ahmed Tharwat - Minneapolis, MN - October 2015 

 


 Fall 2015 Dates:

10.22-25.15 Jawaahir Dance Company's "Sing To Me A Little", The Lab Theater, Minneapolis, MN

10.17.15 Black Sea Hotel + Brooklyn Youth Chorus + Kronos Quartet at St. Ann’s Warehouse, Brooklyn, NY

10.10.15 The Autumn SalonBlack Sea Hotel @ Wentworth-Lear House, Portsmouth, NH

10.6.15 Black Sea Hotel @ National Sawdust, Brooklyn, NY

10.2.15 Bulgarian Voices Trio @ Fridman Gallery, NYC

October 2015: Black Sea Hotel Artist Residency at Avaloch Farm Music Institute, New Hampshire


Bulgarian Voices Trio at Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival, August 1 & 2

 

August 12: Outdoor Cinema - Performance w/ Nashaz  / Screening of Wadjda at Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY

 

 Bulgarian Voices Trio at Hillside Festival, Guelph Lake Island, Canada

 

Bulgarian Voices Trio at Vancouver Island Music Festival 

 

Black Sea Hotel California Tour 

BSH at Joshua Tree Music Festival

 

Solo A Cappella Performance at Nomadique: Reflections on Belonging

 


 

 "Chornobyl Songs Project" CD Release in April 2015 on Smithsonian Folkways

  + Review of Album Release Concert featuring Ensemble Hilka & Black Sea Hotel in Ukrainian Weekly

 


 

Abu Dhabi Festival with vocalist Mayssa Karaa

      

 

Performance with Kiya Tabassian at the BANFF Center's Persian & Eastern Traditions World Music Artist Residency Program, Alberta, Canada, March 2015 

 

Black Sea Hotel records "Sadila Jana" in studio with Yo Yo Ma's and the Silk Road Ensemble for upcoming Silk Road Ensemble Album (Release date 2016) 

                                     

 Brooklyn Takht returns to DROM this Sunday, February 22nd

 

 

Teaching a Pre-Golden Fest Balkan Singing Workshop Saturday, January 17th! Email to RSVP

 

Shelley will be performing at this year's Golden Festival with Black Sea Hotel & Yasna Voices / Bulgarian Voices Trio. 

  

 

Brooklyn Takht had a sold-out performance at DROM to ring in the new year. Stay tuned for video clips!

 

Ukrainian Village Voices Spring Workshop with Toronto's Kosa Kolektiv!

Ukrainian Village Voices Spring Workshop w/ Toronto's Kosa Kolektiv!