Macedonian and Balkan Folk Music

Tzvety Dosseva

Photo of Kiril Belezhkov in an embroidered shirt, playing the kaval in a forest clearing.

Tzvety Dosseva

Tzvety Dosseva is the daughter of the famous musicians Lyuben Dossev and Tanya Dosseva. Inheriting her parents’ talent for music and performing, Tzvety experienced the stage for the first time in kindergarten and never looked back. True to the family tradition, Tzvety took special interest in Bulgarian folk songs and intended to enroll in the Plovdiv Academy for Music, Dance and Fine Arts, but the fall of communism in Eastern Europe opened up a whole new world of opportunities. In 1998, Tzvety moved to the United States to pursue a career in Computer Science.

Her love for Bulgarian folk music was never too far behind. Immediately after arriving in the US, Tzvety started singing with the local Washington, D.C. band, Lyuti Chushki. In the subsequent 20 years with Lyuti Chushki, Tzvety performed up and down the East Coast at popular and obscure venues, festivals, private parties, embassy events, concert series, and weddings (but no funerals so far). With Bryndyn Weiner she formed a Balkan wedding-style band, called Balkanics, and offered the audience a different flavor of Bulgarian music, incorporating more modern instrumentation and complex arrangements. In 2024, Tzvety Dosseva was invited to teach at EEFC's famous Mendocino Balkan Music and Dance workshop for the first time—a continuation of Lyuben and Tanya's legacy.

Today Tzvety lives in the Washington D.C. area with her 2 teenage kids, near their dad Bryndyn Weiner and their grandparents, Larry Weiner and Margaret Loomis.