Solo Piano Tour Summer 2016

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

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

June 18 | Varna (Bulgaria) at Radio Varna Concert Hall, 7:30pm

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

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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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New Video – “Gorgon” for 2 pianos

A newly-released video of my concert etude for 2 pianos “Gorgon” 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, so stay tuned for that.

In Greek mythology, the Gorgon was a terrifying female creature. The name derives from the Greek word gorgós, which means “dreadful” and the term commonly refers to three sisters who had hair of living, venomous snakes, and a horrifying visage that turned those who beheld it to stone. While two of the Gorgons – Stheno and Euryale, were immortal, their sister Medusa was not, and was slain by the mythical demigod and hero Perseus.
This polyrhythmic and polymodal piece is based on two different modes and two different rhythmic patterns (2+2+3 and 3+2+2) and most of the time each player’s hands don’t play in the same mode or rhythm (i.e. Piano I left hand matches Piano II right hand, and Piano II left hand matches Piano I right hand). Sections alternate between smooth and even phrases during which the listener cannot distinguish the different rhythms, and accented phrases where the difference is obvious.

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Toccata

Toccata (from Bulgarian Suite No.1) is now available on YouTube, iTunes, Amazon,  and CD Baby. It was composed and recorded in 2000.
Available for download at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/bulgarian-suite-no.-1

 

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New Recordings and Projects

Happy New Year everyone!! Hope 2014 will bring you smiles, success, and exciting adventures. 2013 was a good year for me, but judging by the way 2014 is kicking off, the new year is going to be a very exciting one!

Milen_Duets_finalA couple of weeks ago I released a remastered recording I did back in 2008 with the great Bryon Holley (percussion) and Kate Conklin (voice). “Duets” is an EP that features a couple of original compositions and a couple of arrangements I did of traditional Bulgarian songs. It is an intimate, yet powerful recording that I am glad is finally being released officially. You can download it on iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby.

Another recording that just became available for download is “The Lion’s Dream” – a composition that was commissioned in 2012 by the Bremen (Germany) chapter of Lions Clubs International. You can watch it on YouTube and download it from www.milenkirov.bandcamp.com

Currently I am working on 2 brand new recordings to be released this year. “Modes & Meters, Vol.1” is an album of my newest piano music that features concert etudes for solo and duo pianos with performances by myself and the amazing pianist and good friend of mine Neema Pazargad.
Orkestar MÉZÉ’s second album is almost tracked completely. We have to finish recording keyboards and then on to mixing and mastering. It already sounds so great with amazing performances by our special guests Ellis Hall (Tower of Power, Ray Charles) – vocals and keys, Theodossii Spassov – kaval, Miroslav Tadic – guitar, and Todor Kirov -gadulka. Here’s a little clip from the studio featuring the wonderful Ellis Hall…

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