Lucy Duran meets 'Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares', the choir of Bulgarian women who for the past three decades have brought the complexities and subtleties of traditional Bulgarian polyphonic singing to a world audience. Plus a review of new world music tracks.
'Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares' started out life as the Bulgarian State Television Female Vocal Choir. In 1975 the Swiss musicologist Marcel Cellier released a compilation of their recordings with the title 'Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares', which was later picked up by the English band Bauhaus and rereleased to great acclaim. The choir won a Grammy in 1990, and have performed across the globe. Their style is influenced by Bulgarian folk singing and also by the area's Byzantine and Ottoman heritage, with modal scales, dissonant hamonies and the use of glissando. Their music has been described as ""the marriage of the avant-garde and the Middle Ages", and also as "somewhere between the Muslim call to prayer and the Beach Boys.".