Orkestina - Positivity
This is the 4th release by these musicians from Bulgaria, Spain, Ireland and the UK. More sacred and profane music from the Gypsy and Jewish communities of Romania, Bulgaria and Poland is played by a raucous band of accordions, violins and bass, Bulgarian gadulkas, clarinets and percussion.
various artists - Passing With The Time
Popular Bulgarian folk songs may have familiar tunes to fans of the various choirs and large ensembles so popular in the last few decades, but here they go 'back to the roots' using solo voice or instrument, or duets of one voice and one instrument. The program by Milen Slavov, who is composer, music producer, accordionist and who has been living in the USA since 1997. The CD also includes performances by singer Zhivka Papancheva, the gaida player Petyo Kostadinov, kaval player Lyuben Dossev, and Teodor Dimitrov on gudulka .
Theodosii Spassov and Nikola Iliev - na Trapeza
The Bulgarian kaval master and clarinetist come together in a series of amazing, sometimes difficult, duets. All compositions by Spassov and Iliev, with a lot of brilliant improvisation.
Theodosii Spassov - Welkya
The kaval master and a small ensemble merge Bulgarian folk, jazz and a general spirit of enthusiasm and creativity. Written and arranged by Theodosii Spassov - kaval, vocals, bagpipe with Yanka Rupkina - vocals, Boika Velkova - recitatives, Georgi Petrov - gadoulka, Valentin Yankov - tamboura, Georgi Donchev - bass, Stoyan Yankulov - percussions.
Bulgari - Bulgarian Folk Music
Bulgari present an excellent selection of traditional and folk melodies from the Bulgaria. The gaida, a Bulgarian bagpipe, is prominent and lends a familiar tone to the tunes, which also feature strummed and bowed string instruments, percussion, bass, flute and vocals.
Demko Kurtov's Zourna Group - Zourna
A programe of instrumental melodies and horo dances from Southwest Bulgaria. The zurna is a wooden flute with cane reed and oboe-like sound, very important in traditional Bulgarian music.
Theodosii Spassov - Titla
The Bulgarian kaval master and a powerful small ensemble that includes Yildiz Ibrahimova on vocal with guitar piano, bass, tambura, gadulka, tupan, percussion, tarambukka and the Western Districts Vocal Quartet and the Bulgarian National Radio Folk Orchestra, conducted by Hristofor Radanov
Aksak - Florina
Balkan/Gypsy fusion band merges the acoustic sounds of kaval, flutes, accordion, clarinet, viola, violin, sax, double bass, guitar, oud, percussion and vocals into a new and powerful folk hybrid.
Zig Zag Trio - When the bees are gathering honey
The Gypsy wedding music of Bulgaria has been made famous by the likes of Yunakov and Papasov, but this ensemble is every bit their equal as they thunder through Gypsy music, crazy jazz and wild improvisations on accordion, tupan, percussion and guitar. Highly Recommended!
Korova - A Distant Echo
This vocal-tamboura quartet from Bulgaria play authentic folk music from the Rhodope mountains in Bulgaria, with energy and directness. Their performance is captured in their home town setting, without a fancy studio sound or production... you'll hear the listeners join in, you'll hear the trucks drive by.
Ivo Papasov - Fairground
The 2003 model by the Bulgarian wedding music king of clarinet is all one would expect after ten years of music making. Deep roots, edgy jazz, warp speed virtuosity all come together in a mature, briliant vision of what contemporary Bulgarian roots should be. Bulgaria only release!
Bulgara - Bear's Wedding
A raw mix of Bulgarian 'wedding music,' jazz, rock and folk music performed with hyper-energy by seven great musicians on kaval, gayda (bagpipe), gadulka, tambourine, electric bass, drums and percussion.
Yanko Zhelyazkov - North Bulgarian Dances for accordion
The Bulgarian accordionist plays songs from the region including Dobrudja and Northeast Bulgaria, Central North and Northwest Bulgaria. Zhelyazkov (b. 1945) comes from the village of Brest, Pleven District, situated by the Danube River. His father and his uncle were both famous accordionists. The release includes the region's Danubean and Wallachian horos, paidushki, kopanitsas, rachenitsas, buchimish, 'Milkovchanka' and more. He is accompanied by a small ensembles and a chamber-folk orchestra.
various - Thracian Rhapsody: The New Wedding Music in Bulgaria
The music that has come to be known as 'Bulgarian wedding music' has always been a strange mix of odd bedfellows. Jazz, folk songs, popular and ancient dances all seem to be brought together in this music. The set features unique recordings (not release don other CDs) by big names and small: Ivo Papazov and singer Yildiz Ibrahimova, the Christo Yotsov Trio, led by drummer and percussionist Yotsov with Nedyalko Nedyalkov on kaval and Stoyan Yankulov on tupan, clarinetist Philip Simonov with the ensemble Tristenik, clarinetist Mladen Malakov and Bisery, with Aliyosha Shibelev (accordion) and Matiyo Dobrev (kaval), and a searing gaida solo by Alexander Raitchev finishes it all off. Originally released in 1999. Highly recommended.
Antoni Donchev - Dom. No. 13
Composer-pianist Antoni Donchev has received many Bulgarian jazz awards over the last fifteen years and been featured at number of major jazz festivals. In addition to his work with his Acoustic Version, Donchev works in a number of other projects with musicians from all over Europe. Donchev is a model contemporary musician, easily and skilfully handling the broad variety of forms in performing and composing at the turn of the century. He has no difficulty whatever combining the versatility of jazz with folklore and classical music.
Donchev is working with the music space. His compositions are like imaginary landscapes - chamber music atmospheres. He is looking for the space between the spaces - the microcosmos of sounds.
The works heard here are from film and theater works he has composed, performed by a chamber orchestra, with poetry by Edvin Sugarev.
Topic World Series - folk music of Bulgaria (Topic 905)
Few countries can match Bulgaria for wealth and brilliance in folk music; ancient survivals abound, while new songs are made daily. Collected by A.L. Lloyd.