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Monthly Music Tip: Peter Bonev's Bulgarian Bagpipes

Bagpipes come to Berlin.

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To celebrate this holiday season, how about some world class bagpipe playing with Balkan flair?

Peter Bonev, one of Bulgaria's best bagpipe players, is coming to Berlin to give a concert this Thursday at 9:00 at Haus der Sinne in Prenzlauer Berg. This a rare opportunity to see him.

Bonev was the leader of the folk ensemble in Stara Zagora, the sixth largest city in Bulgaria.

Stara Zagora is known as a city of straight streets, linden trees, and poets.

Bonev's leadership helped the ensemble gain international acclaim. He chose, however, to leave the formal concert halls and bring his music to the streets where he has direct contact with his audience.

Peter Bonev


During the past 15 years, Bonev has brought authentic Bulgarian folk music to the streets of Sofia, Rome, Paris, Oslo, Florence, Milan, London, Vienna, and Delhi.

Haus der Sinne is located on Ystader Str. 10, 10437 Berlin.



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