Milen leads “Orkestar MÉZÉ” back onto the stage!

After a 15-month hiatus, Milen Kirov will lead his 11-piece “Orkestar MÉZÉ” back onto the stage with a 2.5 hour show of classic Peasant Funk and brand new material. This not-to-be-missed show will be presented at the best LA club for creative new music – The Blue Whale!

April 20, 9pm
21 and over
Tickets: $15
Students: $10
http://www.bluewhalemusic.com/

MEZE on truck

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Performing “Dirtsong” with Black Arm Band on February 15 in Los Angeles

On September 15, I will be performing at Royce Hall (UCLA) with the celebrated indigenous music group Black Arm Band, unveiling the fascinating story of their heritage, language and homeland offering connection to the aboriginal heritage of Australia – a side seldom seen by the wider world. “Dirtsong” is a journey through vast landscapes, songlines and aboriginal communities. Musicians from all over Australia, from rainforests, deserts, coastal towns and inner cities, share the vibrancy of their cultures. Singing in eleven languages, the songs give a human voice to these stories, as visuals by Melbourne’s Daybreak Films provide an rare opportunity to observe the communities in their own settings and their abiding sense of responsibility to the natural world and their spiritual lands.

For tickets: http://cap.ucla.edu/calendar/details/black_arm_band_2017

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Fall 2016

p1020527After a very successful summer of concerts throughout Europe (and Los Angeles), I got back to Southern California for the Fall semester and my new position as an Assistant Professor of Music at Los Angeles City College. Besides with teaching, I was busy with playing a few concerts in Los Angeles through the end of the year, as well as working on new music and booking dates for 2017.

Here are some sights and sounds from the past few months…

 

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Solo Piano Tour Summer 2016

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May 24 | Los Angeles (California) at Thayer Hall, Colburn School, 8pm FREE http://www.colburnschool.edu/

June 9 | Plovdiv (Bulgaria) at BeeBop Cafe https://www.facebook.com/BeeBopCafe/

June 17 | Varna (Bulgaria) at Radio Varna Concert Hall, 8pm

June 26 | Bremen (Germany) at the Focke Museum, 5pm http://www.focke-museum.de/

June 28 | Hamburg (Germany) at Tschaikowsky Saal, 8pm http://tschaikowsky-saal.de/

July 1 | Vienna (Austria) at the Crypt of Peterskirche, 7pm

https://www.wien-ticket.at/de/ticket/35673/milen-kirov-between-east-and-west-krypta-der-peterskirche-krypta-der-peterskirche-wien

 

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Adjudicating at the 2015 Bolognini Piano Competition

Spent the last two days listening to some very talented young pianists, while adjudicating at the Bolognini Piano Competition. It was such an honor and pleasure! Bolognini

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FREE download of “Love Revolution (feat. Ellis Hall)” by Orkestar MÉZÉ

The hit-single by Orkestar MÉZÉ “Love Revolution” featuring The Ambassador of Soul Mr. Ellis Hall was just released! It already gathered the attention of a few radio stations in Bulgaria that quickly added it to their playlists. I am sure there are more to follow… And the best part is that you can download for FREE (see below)! Enjoy it, spread the word about it, request it from your favorite radio station if you feel so moved!

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Orkestar MÉZÉ’s new single “Love Revolution (feat. Ellis Hall)” to be released on Tuesday, December 9th!

The long-awaited single “Love Revolution (feat. Ellis Hall)” from the upcoming record by Orkestar MÉZÉ will be officially released on Tuesday, December 9th! It will be available as a FREE download for a limited time on http://orkestarmeze.com/ as well as on iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, and other digital music retailers.
The song features the amazing voice and funky keys of The Ambassador of Soul Mr. Ellis Hall and was inspired by the recent events happening all over the world as people are standing up for their rights and for their search for a better life.

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Show with Orkestar MEZE at the legendary Viper Room on October 3rd

October 3rd (Friday), 2014 at The Viper Room
8852 West Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069
21 and over
$15 – Advance Tickets / $20 – At the Door
Show time – 10:30pm
Doors – 8pm
TICKETS: http://orkestarmeze.com/concerts/

It has been a while since our last concert and you will not want to miss this one!!
Orkestar MEZE plays the legendary Viper Room on Sunset Blvd in Hollywood for the first time! Peasant funk, great and cozy venue, a party like no other, and special guest appearances by Knoup from VIZA and a legendary musician who will remain a secret for now! This show will sell out for sure so make sure to get your tickets in advance!

Also performing:
Chameleon Conductor and Viza

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“Welcome to Bulgaria” Video with Music by Milen Kirov and Balkansky

It was a pleasant surprise to hear my piano playing and this track I recorded on for my friends from Balkansky Live Theodosii Spassov, Ivan Shopov and Ivo Kuker Christov as a soundtrack to these beautiful images. Enjoy the sights and sounds from my homeland!

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New Video – “Montis” for 2 pianos

A newly-released video of my concert etude for 2 pianos “Montis” featuring the great Neema Pazargad. This composition is a part of a book and a CD titled “Modes & Meters Vol.1″ to be released later this year. Stay tuned for that!

Montis – (Latin – “mountain; of the mountain”)
A slow, epic piece evoking the spirit of the traditional Bulgarian ornamented instrumental melodies. Written in 8/8 (3+2+3), this composition builds around a constant 2-note ostinato by systematically adding layers of melodies, harmonic structures, and more ostinato patterns. It was inspired by visions of the Bulgarian Rhodopa mountain.

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