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From Odessa to Haskovo. Concert with Lauren Brody (Haskovo/New York) in Brighton.

September 8 @ 19:00 - 21:00 UTC+0

Merlin and Polina Shepherd (Brighton), along with Lauren Brody (Haskovo, Bulgaria/New York USA) offer a unique slant on the performance of traditional east European music.
Lauren Brody was born in New York City, and has been involved with music since early childhood. A classically trained pianist, she received a B.A. in music from the City University of New York, and pursued a Master’s Degree in Music before changing course to devote herself to the restoration and tuning of pianos.

She first became aware of Bulgarian music as a teenager, and was so deeply impressed with what she heard that, in 1969, she made her solo first trip to Bulgaria. That initial trip sparked a life-long interest and commitment to the music and the culture, despite the fact that Lauren has no Bulgarian ancestry. In 1971 she received a stipend from the Bulgarian government to do post-graduate study in Bulgarian folk music at the State Music Conservatory in Sofia.
In addition to her research activities, Lauren has been an active performer and teacher of Bulgarian folk music and singing. She appears on two CDs as vocalist and keyboard player with the Yuri Yunakov Ensemble, and has been teaching at seminars since the early 1970s. She leads a dual life as a klezmer musician, and has been a member of Kapelye and Mikveh, with whom she has appeared in films, recorded and toured extensively through the U.S., Canada and Europe.
Merlin & Polina Shepherd have been performing as a duo since 2004.
Merlin (clarinets) and Polina (voice, piano) perform together in a way that is rarely encountered. They play music from several linked cultures with improvisation, freedom and spontaneity. The Duo’s playful approach to their root traditions – klezmer, Slavic, East European and southern Mediterranean – is full of knowledge and deference. It creates a unique sound that embraces the enduring spirit of folklore and takes the listener to new dimensions.
They have both performed extensively across the globe, both as soloists, as a duo and also performing in many ensembles.

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From Odessa to Haskovo. Concert with Lauren Brody (Haskovo/New York) in Brighton.


September 8
19:00 - 21:00 UTC+0
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The Polina Shepherd Vocal Experience
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The Rose Hill
BRIGHTON, East Sussex BN1 4JJ United Kingdom
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