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Boston University Center for the Study of Europe and
Bulgarian-American Center Madara
invites you to the

“Bulgarian Voices” presentation and discussion of the book
“Mystical Emona: Soul’s Journey”
where the topic will be focusing on themes prevalent in the novel.

Thursday, October 9th, 2014
From 6:30pm ends 8:30 pm 

Special Guests

Geni Skendo - powerful bass flute, featuring original compositions and new arrangements of songs from Olivier Messiaen, African pygmies and the Balkans.

Ludo Mlado
- Bulgarian Folklore Dance group

Nelly Tonchev and Rebecca Carter Mystical Emona-Love, Light and Rituals (presentation of the book and talk).

The event is FREE admission and refreshments. It is open to the public.

Bulgarian culture is rich in folklore and traditions surviving since the days of the ancient Thracians. As pagan and Christian religions collided, many celebrations merged into one. “Mystical Emona” will take you on a journey to discover these unique traditions. The book is a wonderful story of healing and recovery. These rituals have been transmitted from generation to generation. They promote respect for cultural diversity and human creativity and empower people to connect to the future.

Place:  Boston University,
Pardee School of Global Studies, 1st floor
 121 Bay State Road, Boston, MA
Directions and parking >>

or online at: http://www.amazon.com/Mystical-Emona-Souls-Journey-Volume/dp/1500616974

For contacts and more information: nelly.tonchev@gmail.com

About Nelly Tonchev
Nelly Tonchev-Nelinda is a freelance artist and writer who lives near Boston, MA. Her work contains award-winning designs and paintings. She attended the School of Applied Arts in Bulgaria with a major in woodcarving, and holds a Master’s Degree from Suffolk University in Boston. Nelinda paints mostly from memories and feelings which are transformed expressively through color and line. Her artistic interests include the female figure, folklore tales, and the natural world interpreted through her eyes. www.nelinda.com

About Rebecca Carter
Rebecca is a writer who lives in southern NH. She is an avid reader who has traveled around the world seeking adventure and knowledge of other cultures. Linguistics has inspired her since her initial study of Latin.

About Ludo Mlado
Ludo Mlado is a folklore dance ensemble based in Boston, MA. By training dancers and showcasing performances at cultural events, the group endeavors to preserve and spread awareness of the rich dance traditions of Bulgaria and the Balkan people. Ludo Mlado performs at festivals, concerts, weddings and wherever Bulgarian music and dance can bring unique sensations and make an event memorable.

About Geni Skendo
Geni Skendo is an Albanian Jazz musician and composer. Boston Globe calls Geni Skendo a “virtuoso,” creating a unique blend of jazz, free jazz and world music. Studies at the Berklee College of Music and The New England Conservatory (MM) led to a deep, ongoing involvement with the Boston music scene. Geni performs with Mr. Ho's Orchestrotica (Best World Music Act, Boston Phoenix Readers’ Poll, 2012) in both its quartet and big-band incarnations.
The quartet utilizes Geni’s full palette, while the big band relies heavily on Geni’s powerful bass flute in its recreation of long-lost arrangements by the legendary Mexican arranger Juan Garcia Esquivel. Geni has released three CDs, most recently Acoustic Cowboy, featuring original compositions and new arrangements of songs from Olivier Messiaen, African pygmies and the Balkans.

About Bulgarian-American Center Madara
Bulgarian-American Center Madara (BAC MADARA) is an organization created solely for the purpose of popularizing Bulgarian culture in the US. Its mission is to establish intersociety dialogue by means of culture, arts, education, economy and to organize intercultural programs and events to bring people from different walks of life together. It serves the sizeable Bulgarian community in the Boston, MA and New York, NY areas. With the help of many volunteers, the center produced and supported several cultural events, such as concerts and performances by established Bulgarian artists, performers and actors; Annual Bulgarian Cultural Festival; lectures; music classes and more.

Igor Shraybman from www.igorPhoto.us
is the Official Photographer of the event.


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