Perunika Trio, photo S. Varsano
Award-winning London-based PERUNIKA TRIO was founded by artistic director Eugenia Georgieva, following the most archetypal format for Bulgarian harmony singing – the female trio. Incorporating Bulgarian, Macedonian and Russian traditional music and Orthodox chants into a broader Slavic repertoire, their a cappella performances include poetry and storytelling. The three singers of Perunika share a love of the dramatic beauty of Bulgarian folk music, where pagan past, Church Slavonic tradition and five centuries of Ottoman rule fuse, leading you to an exciting journey into Slavic spirituality.
The group won the third prize in Folk Song Group category at the prestigious Llangollen Musical Eisteddfod in 2008 in Llangollen, Wales, and have gigged internationally ever since at festivals, art centres, churches, private functions and club nights. Perunika Trio have performed in the UK, Belgium, Netherlands, Poland, Hungary, Germany, Sardinia and Japan, and have supported Transglobal Underground, Warsaw Village Band and British Sea Power.
They have been regulars for three years running at Mayor’s Thames Festival in London (2008 – 10) and have performed at Sunrise Celebration @ The BIG CHILL 2008 and Chichester Festivities 2009, a Christmas concert 2008 in Dorgali (Sardinia) as well as International A cappella Festival – Leipzig 2010. They also headlined a cappella VOICE Festival – Liverpool 2010 with support from Sense Of Sound choir. The beginning of 2011 brought successful solo performances at Tropentheater – Amsterdam, Zuiderpershuis – Antwerp, and a joint concert with the Chorus of Opera North at Howard Assembly Room in Opera North – Leeds. The trio also had very successful appearances at Dartington Hall – HOME Festival, and a solo concert at Buxton Festival, amongst others. In 2012 they appeared at WOMAD Bristol Zoo and Gooikoorts Festival, Belgium. A particular highlight was performing at Tokyo’s Kokusai Forum in front of 5000 people on two consecutive nights as part of LIVE IMAGE 12 annual festival, organized by SONY Music Japan.
Following the release of their two critically acclaimed solo albums, Introducing Perunika Trio (Riverboat 2008) and A Bright Star Has Risen (ARC Music 2012), in 2012 Perunika released Bulgarian Warabeuta, an album of Japanese folk songs in Bulgarian polyphonic arrangement on SONY MUSIC Japan. Footage of trio’s performances has been broadcast on Welsh, Japanese and Bulgarian National TV, as well as satellite channels BS Fuji and ESPN.
In 2015 Perunika Trio completed a very successful joint tour of Japan with world fusion acappella group Yantra, visiting 16 cities and performing to an audience of over 15,000 people.
The trio’s Eugenia Georgieva also appeared alongside Bond star Ben Whishaw in Bakkhai at the Almeida Theatre in the summer of 2015. The classic Euripides play was a new version by Anne Carson, directed by James McDonald, with an original score composed by Orlando Gough. It ranked at number 2 in The Guardian’s Top 10 Theatre List for 2015.
Collaborations include work with Max Pashm Band (Never Mind the Balkans 2008), and Transglobal Underground, with whom they toured the UK as part of UNITE > A Gathering of Strangers 2010. A video from that album, When You Hear Me Sing (sung by Eugenia Georgieva), was screened at Portobello Film Festival 2010.
Perunika Trio are Eugenia Georgieva, Magdalena Stoyanova and Antonia Keteneva.