Black Sea Hotel is delighted to announce that their recent collaboration with Yo-Yo Ma and his ensemble, Silkroad, won the 2017 GRAMMY award for Best World Music Album.
At once lyrical and ethereal, dissonant and driving, Black Sea Hotel’s three distinct yet unified voices create a harmonic blend that’s often called otherworldly, haunting, even spellbinding. Affectionately dubbed the “punk rock version of Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares,” the New York-based trio draws its inspiration from the rich traditions of Balkan folk song, generating their own unique, gutsy sound.
Black Sea Hotel is known for their outrageous vocal sonorities, yet can move audiences to tears with their lyricism. The trio’s "electrifying original arrangements run the gamut from lilting, and achingly beautiful to strident, tightly dissonant, and unpredictable," Black Sea Hotel creates an accessible yet challenging sonic experience - visceral yet sophisticated - seamlessly interweaving the ancient and the contemporary.
Black Sea Hotel’s versatility draws a broad audience; the group performs at venues ranging from concert halls to downtown clubs, from international festivals and universities to the Bulgarian Embassy.
The ensemble has been broadcast live internationally on PRI’s The World Global Hit Segment, on John Schaefer's Soundcheck WNYC, as well as on WFMU, WAMU, KUNM, KSFR, and Sirius XM Radio, among others. Notable collaborations include performances with Kronos Quartet and a GRAMMY-winning recording project with Yo-Yo Ma and his Silk Road Ensemble.