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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Help Orkestar MÉZÉ Record Their New Album!

Help Orkestar MÉZÉ make their next record from Orkestar MÉZÉ on Vimeo.

I am gearing up to record our second album with Orkestar MÉZÉ in August, but we need our fans’ support in doing so!

As all of you know, we are not backed by a label or a sponsor and do not have a manager or an agent. We are simply an independent ensemble creating fun music and bringing it directly to you. We record music for you, we play concerts for you, and we count on you to help us make our second record. The truth is, we cannot complete it without your support.

This new album is extremely important for us, as it will show the development of our sound since the release of our debut album. It will include all original material firmly establishing our unique “peasant funk” style with a bigger, funkier, brassier sound, English lyrics and a seemless incorporation of all American and Balkan elements. And it will feature 4 very special musical guests:

Ellis Hall – the legendary singer/multi-instrumentalist, former Tower of Power singer

Miroslav Tadic – a world-renowned guitarist, called by Guitar Player Magazine one of the world’s thirty most radical and individual guitarists

Theodosii Spassov – one of the most important figures in the music of Bulgaria and the foremost performer on Bulgarian kaval

Dr. Todor Kirov – a legendary Bulgarian gadulka teacher, performer, and composer (author of one of the compositions on the new album)

With your help, our second album will take us to the next level, reaching many more people with our unique sound that instantly makes you move, this time garnished with English lyrics that will definitely bring more fans to our “peasant army” and will make our music easily understood all over the world. And with the addition of our amazing musical guests’ talents, this record will truly cross country borders and genre limitations and will present an inimitable and instantly recognizable style that can reach far and beyond our imagination and dreams.

Check out our campaign page, pick your reward, and don’t forget to spread the word!! We need to reach as many people as possible! Thank you for your support!

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FREE show with Orkestar MEZE at the House of Blues (Hollywood) on Thursday, March 14

As some of you may know, at the beginning of February I had a sold out show with Orkestar MEZE at the Foundation Room (House of Blues – Sunset Blvd), and they loved us so much that we got an invitation to play on the main stage, which is a huge honor for us. And we want you to be a part of this special moment as our FREE guests!!!

To order your FREE tickets, please email us at peasantfunk@gmail.com letting us know how many tickets you would like (no limit and the show is 18+)! And please note that the ticket also grants you a FREE entry to the afterparty (21+) with the band in the Foundation Room!!! Basically, we want to show that we love and appreciate you and your support so much with a FREE show and a party afterwards in which we can all have a drink together and share silly stories….

Also, we are excited to announce that our dear friend and a phenomenal musician and human being Ellis Hall will do us the incredible honor of sitting in with us for a song at the House of Blues!! We are so humbled and thrilled that such an amazing performer will share his artistry with us and our fans… You don’t want to miss this!!! Your favorite international peasant funk band joining forces on stage with the jaw-dropping force of nature that is Mr. Hall!!

March 14th, 2013; 7:30pm
House of Blues
8430 Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
tel: (323) 848-5100
18 and over !!!!
order your FREE tickets at peasantfunk@gmail.com

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