Listen to live recordings from the Takoma Park Folk Festival, September 2009

Lyuti Chushki  are “hot peppers” and you can’t have a feast without them! We have been playing for weddings, concerts, festivals, dance parties and feasts since 1997. We play traditional Bulgarian instruments in modes and rhythms of ancient provenance with vocal stylings now world renowned. We are Valeri Georgiev, kaval (end-blown flute), Varol Saatcıoğlu, gaida (bagpipe), Len Newman, tambura (think shepherd’s rhythm guitar), Larry Weiner, tupan (big drum) and Tzvety Weiner, vocals.

Lyuti Chushki is proud to announce the Bulgarian Folk Music & Dance Seminar taking place every summer in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

The Seminar is especially designed for non-Bulgarians (or Bulgarians interested in connecting with their “roots” music and dance) who would like to have a more in-depth Bulgarian folk music and dance learning opportunity than is normally available to groups or individuals traveling to Bulgaria. Please visit the web site above for more information about the Folk Seminar.

Left to Right: Valeri Georgiev (kaval), Varol Saatcioglu (gaida), Tzvety Weiner (vocals), Larry Weiner (tûpan), Len Newman (tambura)