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Stamps from Bulgaria 2008

Bodurov Trio

Stamps from Bulgaria 2008

Price: € 12.95
Format: CD
Label: Challenge Records
UPC: 0608917327625
Catnr: CR 73276
Release date: 03 October 2008
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Challenge Records
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0608917327625
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CR 73276
Release date
03 October 2008
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Dimitar Bodurov: - piano | Mihail Ivanov: - bass | Jens Dueppe: - drums & percussionStamps from Bulgaria is the result of a long-term investigation into Bulgarian Folklore and its correlation with other music traditions and instruments. For me, there were two personal challenges in this project: as composer and as pianist.
My approach as composer was to avoid rearranging these songs, but rather to treat them as any other compositional element such as a major triad, a rhythmical phrase, intervals, etc. Thus establishing a process of de- and re-construction, which will eventually result in a new musical form, which is sometimes closer to the original than others.
On selecting the songs, I searched carefully for any personal and emotional connection and/or something unique (such as odd time measure, lyrics, or just a melody), which also contained enough dramatic potential, yet leaving room for exploration.
As a pianist I referred to the traditional singing and instruments in an attempt to apply their specific characteristics on the piano keyboard. I treated the piano as a melodic rather than harmonic instrument, which is its most common function.
All songs come from different regions of Bulgaria. Some are more popular than others. It is of course arguable which songs are actually Bulgarian, but this issue gives another dimension to my research and poses the question of national identity - a much discussed issue in a modern multi-cultural society.

With their new album Seven Stamps, Bodurov Trio continue delving into Bulgarian folklore and further narrowing their search to the intrinsic variations of the very popular rhythm in 7.
Different regions have their own interpretation and names of it such as Rychenica, Chetvorno, Elenino Horo, etc.
In combination with other measures, the rhythm in seven, serves as a basis for other so called additive measures, which provide countless possibilities for interpretation.

The trio will be also joined by the internationally acclaimed kaval player Theodosii Spassov, who is one of the pioneers in connecting Bulgarian Folklore with the jazz tradition, as well as a great inspiration for many musicians.
"Stamps from Bulgaria" ist das Ergebnis einer viele Jahre dauernden Auseinandersetzung des Trios mit der bulgarischen Folklore und ihrer harmonischen und rhythmischen Verknüpfung mit dem Jazz. Alle Titel der CD basieren auf alten bulgarischen Liedern, die Bodurov reharmonisiert, rhythmisch verändert und in die Sprache des Jazz übersetzt hat. Herausgekommen ist kein Folk-Album mit Jazztouch, aber auch kein Jazzalbum mit ein paar fremd klingenden Melodien. Dem Trio ist es gelungen, eine eigene Ausdrucksform zu finden, die beide Genres zu etwas Neuem verknüpft - ein überaus spannendes Hörerlebnis!

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Dimitar Bodurov

Dimitar Bodurov is a Bulgarian jazz pianist / composer / producer, currently resided in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Born on the 17th of September 1979 in Bulgaria, Dimitar played several instruments- trombone, piano, saxophone, and drums. After graduating trombone from the music high school in Varna (BG) he studied 2 years jazz piano in the Conservatory in Sofia. Since 2000, Dimitar has been working and studying in the Netherlands. In 2002 he obtained bachelor diploma; and in April 2004 he graduated with cum laude his master degree in Rotterdam Conservatory in major jazz piano. In November 2006 he has graduated jazz composition and arranging in the same school. Since 2004, Dimitar has been intensively integrating Bulgarian Folklore in his own music. As a...
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Dimitar Bodurov is a Bulgarian jazz pianist / composer / producer, currently resided in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Born on the 17th of September 1979 in Bulgaria, Dimitar played several instruments- trombone, piano, saxophone, and drums. After graduating trombone from the music high school in Varna (BG) he studied 2 years jazz piano in the Conservatory in Sofia.
Since 2000, Dimitar has been working and studying in the Netherlands. In 2002 he obtained bachelor diploma; and in April 2004 he graduated with cum laude his master degree in Rotterdam Conservatory in major jazz piano. In November 2006 he has graduated jazz composition and arranging in the same school.
Since 2004, Dimitar has been intensively integrating Bulgarian Folklore in his own music. As a pianist Dimitar has recorded several CD albums with Bodurov Trio, Solo piano, Margriet Sjoerdsma and his latest duo project Neofobic. He has given concerts in the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Ireland, Macedonia and Bulgaria. Together with Margriet Sjoerdsma he has been touring in theatres, festival and clubs extensively in The Netherlands. And in the 2008/2009 season they were selected for the Jazz Impuls Double Concert Tour. As a composer he has written several mostly chamber works for various ensemble List or works: In 2002, he was awarded 3 jazz prizes: Erasmus Jazz Competition, Rotterdam; Leidse Stad Jazz Competition in Leiden, and Pim Jacobs Jazz Competition in Rotterdam. In July 2005, he participated the Solo Piano Jazz Competition in Montreux, Switzerland. And in January 2007 Dimitar won the Young Pianist Foundation Jazz Competition 2007.


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Bodurov Trio

The Bodurov Trio led by the Bulgarian pianist and composer Dimitar Bodurov has been an instant success since its debut in September 2001. In November 2003, the band released its debut album ‘Melatonic’ ACR 9817, for the Norwegian label Acoustic Records, with exclusively its own compositions, which were close to the ECM ideal. John Taylor reviewed it as: ‘A marvellous debut!’. Bodurov’s fascination with Bulgarian folklore has evolved in an unique and distinctive style, which is embodied in ‘The Resumption Suite’ (2004), a multi partial work for piano, bass, drums and samples, based on Bulgarian rhythms; and the band’s next project, ‘Stamps from Bulgaria’ (2008) - a set of compositions based on traditional Bulgarian folk songs and dances. The Trio has...
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The Bodurov Trio led by the Bulgarian pianist and composer Dimitar Bodurov has been an instant success since its debut in September 2001. In November 2003, the band released its debut album ‘Melatonic’ ACR 9817, for the Norwegian label Acoustic Records, with exclusively its own compositions, which were close to the ECM ideal. John Taylor reviewed it as: ‘A marvellous debut!’. Bodurov’s fascination with Bulgarian folklore has evolved in an unique and distinctive style, which is embodied in ‘The Resumption Suite’ (2004), a multi partial work for piano, bass, drums and samples, based on Bulgarian rhythms; and the band’s next project, ‘Stamps from Bulgaria’ (2008) - a set of compositions based on traditional Bulgarian folk songs and dances.
The Trio has toured throughout Europe including the Benelux, Germany, Austria, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania and Ireland. In 2002 Bodurov and his band were awarded three prizes: the Leidse Stad Jazz Award; the Erasmus Jazz Award; and the Pim Jacobs Jazz Prize. In July 2005.Dimitar was one of 12 young pianists from around the world selected to participate in the ‘Time Montreux Jazz Solo Piano Competition’ in Switzerland. In January 2007 he won the ‘Young Pianist Foundation Jazz Concours 2007’ at the BIMhuis, Amsterdam.
With their new album 'Seven Stamps', which will be released next year, the Bodurov Trio continue delving into Bulgarian folklore and further narrowing their search to the intrinsic variations of the very popular rhythm in 7.
Different regions have their own interpretation and names of it such as Rychenica, Chetvorno, Elenino Horo, etc.
In combination with other measures, the rhythm in seven serves as a basis for other so called additive measures, which provide countless possibilities for interpretation. The trio will be also joined by the internationally acclaimed kaval player Theodosii Spassov, who is one of the pioneers in connecting Bulgarian Folklore with the jazz tradition, as well as a great inspiration for many musicians.
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