A VERY POWERFUL BALKAN BAND
Their music is a homogenous, very groove mixture of extracts of Balkan and Bulgarian folklore with modern beats like drum & bass, funk etc. It is modern sound adding to the beauty of the traditional Balkan Music.
Kostadin Kostadinov – kaval (wooden flute)
Petyo Petrov – gayda (bagpipe)
Hristina Beleva – gudulka (violin)
Dimitar Hristov – tambourine
Chavdar Asenov – el.bass
Kilril Dobrev – drums
Stoyan Pavlov – percussion
The idea for the project Bulgara arose in a very unusual way. At a meeting in the studio the folklore specialist, the kaval player (shepherd’s flute) Kostadin Kostadinov and the heavy metal drum player Kiril Dobrev quickly found a common language. Gradually a concept was developing – to combine folklore with new sounds and rock.
A second ‘rhythm maniac’ Stoyan Pavlov on percussion and tupan and the rock bass guitar player Chavdar Asenov improved the strong groove of the new band.
The group is complemented with two other famous folklore musicians Petyo Petrov on the gaida (bagpipe) und Dimitar Hristov on tambura, one of the most famous persons in the band.
The music mainly comes from Kostadin Kostadinov while some music developed in the studio and at the computer. In two years of hard work in the studio a specific sound was developing. Bulgara skilfully mixes vivid live music with modern grooves and beats like drum & bass. Apart from some samplings some elements of funk as well as uneven Balkan rhythms can be found in the groove.
The concerts of the band are unique live events and endless explosions for the audience. That is why these are absolutely in with the young audience in Bulgaria. In the time of cheap pop-folk productions many young people have discovered the true nature of the Bulgarian folklore here – which is creativity.
Sofia Jazz Peak, Maribor Lent Festival, Balkanfeever Vienna, Frankfurt, Waidhofen Thaya Festival etc.
Traditional music has never been made fit for the world in such a creative and confident way like in Bulgaria. With the septet Bulgara the astonishing evolution of Bulgarian music is getting into its new phase. With its clever but nevertheless sensual fireworks of instruments the Glory Seven of the Balkan folk avantgarde leave all separations of tradition and innovation, jazz, folklore and danceable clubbing sounds behind. The precision of the music is overwhelming and has an archaic power. In Bulgarian clubbings they have an absolute cult status.
Balkan music fans used to brass music slowly have to get accustomed to the new and yet old sounds. Brass grooves have always been liked. Flutes and bagpipes sounded too etherical, alien, Irish, Tatarian or Oriental to most listeners. With Bulgara this will certainly be changed. No matter if you are overstrained or thrilled with this perfect abundance of rhythms, improvisation and melodies – you will never stay indifferent.
Richard Schuber / Concerto