“Whishaw, Carvel and Kevin Harvey all impress as they switch accents, genders and body language between their various roles. But the secret weapon at the heart of Bakkhai is its 10-strong all-female chorus, fully integrated into the action as they outline major plot points in extended set-piece numbers. Among the stand-out voices in this army of grinning Valkyries are Bulgarian-born folk singer Eugenia Georgieva, classical soprano Catherine May and RADA vocal coach Hazel Holder”. The Hollywood Reporter, Bakkhai at Almeida Theatre (full review)
“Speaking of the Daimon’s devotees, they’re portrayed here by a ten-strong, multi-talented chorus from the folk-pop influences of Eugenia Georgieva through to classical soprano Aruhan Galieva. Their first appearance, as they cast away their luggage and personalities in unison to adopt matching brown robes and crowns made from leaves, is deliberately creepy and cultish and cold. But as the play progresses, more and more of each actor’s personality comes out, supported by Orlando Gough’s beautiful and at times brutal score. By the time the group paint their faces to go into battle against Pentheus, smacking their staffs against the floor in sync with each other while howling for justice, you finally believe the hype and feel quite terrified both of them and the deity they’re devoted to.” Digital Spy, Bakkhai at Almeida Theatre (full review)
“As the action quick-cuts between the three temporal planes there are contrasting sounds to match. For the 2016 sisters, there are individual numbers featuring a percussionist, cellist and violinist but also, most strikingly, bursts of primally moving Middle-Eastern and Bulgarian singing; and Aphra’s final message to the cosmos is a radiant combination of psalm-like ancient strains and otherworldly, smoothly jumping vocal lines.” The Stage, Opera for the Unknown Woman (full review)
“At Toynbee Studios last Wednesday, the Perunikas introduced their new line-up and gave us a wonderful evening. Quite simply a magical combination of supreme voices coming together in one heavenly delight. Perfect voice control and vocal acrobatics from these guardians of Bulgarian folk and polyphonic harmonies. Leader and founder of the Perunikas, Eugenia Georgieva told the story behind each song: the aching heart of a new bride leaving her mother, ritual prayers dedicated to deities, songs in praise of Slavic rain goddess Perunika, ditties about the 17th century invasion of Bulgaria by the Ottomans,…. A rich history and painted very well by Eugenia giving a colourful background in which to root the music. An added bonus was the expansion of PT into a full choir when students from UCL joined the Trio for the last song.
The Perunika Trio’s discography deservedly boasts best-label-signings beginning with World Music Network’s ‘Introducing ..’ series, followed by a delightful collection of lullabies released through Sony Music Japan. Their latest and third album, ‘A Bright Star Has Risen’ is out now via excellent label A.R.C. Recorded in an East Sussex church, the heavens naturally opened for Perunika’s earthly ambassadors and hence, rain and thunderstorms are captured within the CD.On our cold and damp Wednesday evening in East London at Toynbee Studios, three stars rose, and shone brightly.” DJ Ritu, A Bright Star Has Risen album launch at Toynbee Studios, 2013
“A particular highlight of the evening is the Perunika Trio, whose aching and pure voices blend into stunning harmonies and dissonance. The spirit of the songs translates, even though the words do not. That Bulgaria lies on the great divide of East and West shines though the music, as Eugenia Georgieva’s voice rises in what feels like a call to prayer.” Molly Doyle, Fringe Report, London Fringe Festival, 2010
“Eugenia Georgieva leads one of the more unlikely double-lives in contemporary music.
As the founder of the London-based Perunika Trio, she specializes in crafting some of the most exquisite a cappella music you’re likely to hear. (…) Only four of the selections on their splendid, 18-song debut album feature instrumentation of any kind (and then very sparingly). The other pieces showcase their luminous three-part harmonies and intricate call-and-response vocal exchanges, unadorned. What results at times suggests the famed Bulgarian Women’s Choir in a much more intimate, but equally moving, form.
Together, these three singers explore the folkloric traditions of southern Bulgaria and neighboring regions, producing music that is alternately haunting and edgy, rhapsodic and at times almost raucous. Any language barriers for Western listeners are easily overcome through the group’s visceral voices – and by their ability to express joy, pain and a variety of emotions in between with such clarity and depth of expression.
As for Georgieva’s double-life, her MySpace page identifies her as “Eugenie G” and cites her chief musical influences as Queen, George Michael, Tool and Bulgarian singing star Yanka Rupkina. Georgieva’s – make that G’s – solo work ranges from chill-out reveries and percolating dance-pop jams to otherworldly ballads…” The San Diego Union-Tribune, 2008