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THEODOSII SPASSOV - Kaval, Vocal
ANATOLY VAPIROV - Saxophone
STOYAN YANKOULOV - Tupan, Percussion
feat: ENVER IZMAILOV - Guitars
The Fairy Tale Trio plays a kind of hybrid music combining elements of Bulgarian folk music and jazz. Kaval player Theodosii Spassov has developed a style that allows him more chromatic and timbral possibilities than previously associated with that instrument, while soprano saxist Anatoly Vapirov can go from tricky folk melodies to Coltrane-like wailing in the space of a few notes. The trio is rounded out by percussionist Stoyan Yankoulov, who uses mostly the traditional tupan (a double-headed drum, played with sticks) with a few modern additions.
Enver Izmailov is a remarkable guitarist. He developed a tapping technique long before ever hearing about Stanley Jordan. His playing encompasses Oriental and Balkan folk music, rock, Indian music etc. Western classical and the improvisation of jazz; he can also make his guitar sound like a tabla or saz and is not afraid to leave space.
In its more peaceful moments this reminds me a little of Codona, the old Don Cherry-Collin Walcott project. Then the musicians turn up the heat and could be mistaken for an Art Ensemble of Chicago offshoot. But the approach taken here is a melding rather than a juxtaposition, with the jazz elements logically flowing from the Bulgarian roots, and as such is one of the more successful folk-jazz fusions I've heard in some time. - Joe Grossman, RootsWorld
It is played to the dance, comparable to Bulgarian wedding music - the musicians get into faster and faster rhythms nearly into ectasy with their brilliant solistic performance. Once it is rather rock music which is obvious, then there are Arab sounds influencing or the wideness and loneliness of some Bulgarian landscape find a worthy pendant - especially in the calmer sequences. The "Fairy Tale Trio" is justified to bear its name - basically "Ultramarin" is in simple words "Music for Dreams". - CARINA PRANGE / Jazzdimensions
Other CDs you should hear:
Zig Zag Trio (Bulgaria)
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