“Tonus Peregrinus” Tour announced

This June, Milen Kirov will be touring Germany and Austria with brand new music which will be recorded in July at the Penderecki Hall in Radom, Poland for the London-based ICSM Records. In Hamburg Milen will be joined on stage by Rumyana Yankova (violin) for the premiere of a brand new work, and in Vienna, Milen will present his brand new project “Duo BalkanTourist” with flutist Boris Lipov. For more information, visit the “Concerts” section of this page.

Flyer Tour 2017

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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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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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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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Upcoming Piano Solo and Duo Concerts plus shows with Orkestar MÉZÉ

2013 is off to an amazing start!!

Neema Pazargad and I recorded Volume 1 of my collection of concert etudes for piano solo and duo entitled “Modes & Meters”, which is currently being edited and mixed and should be released sometime late spring. We also shot 2 music videos for “Montis” and “Gorgon” – the 2 piano-duo pieces from “M&M” Vol.1, directed by the brilliant Harry Bromley-Davenport. The videos are still in the editing stage, but I can share with you that they look amazing and offer a very unique and exciting vision in the field of contemporary music. Here is a sneak peak:

Those of you who are in Southern California will have the chance to hear “Modes & Meters” Volume 1 performed in its entirety this Saturday, February 23rd at the Recital Hall of CSUN’s Department of Music. On March 17th, Neema Pazargad and I will perform “Gorgon” in the same recital hall as part of the CSUN Faculty Composers Concert.

Meanwhile, my Orkestar MÉZÉ continues with a string of amazing, high-energy, sold-out shows. Our last concert at the Foundation Room of House of Blues (Hollywood) was a smashing success and now we are excited to visit our friends from MALABOMBA! and play a show at the classic La Cita Bar in Downtown Los Angeles on February 27th. Another exciting event for us is going to be a concert produced in partnership with the Southeast European Film Festival on April 2nd. Details for this and all aforementioned concerts could be found on the ‘CONCERTS‘ page of this website.

 

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Concerts, Recordings, and New Music

Hey there,

It is been quite awhile since my last update and a lot has happened since. So, here is a summary of the news around me from the last 6 months…

In May of 2012 I successfully completed my Doctoral studies at California Institute of the Art and received the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts as a Performer-Composer. The three busy and eventful years in school culminated with my dissertation, a book of concert etudes, and improvisational and finger dexterity exercises intended for the contemporary professional pianist and entitled “Modes & Meters”. This book summarizes the essence of my improvisational and compositional piano techniques and was premiered at the Roy O. Disney Hall at CalArts by myself and my colleagues and wonderful pianists Lisa Maresh and Neema Pazargad.

For those of you who live in Southern California, you will have the chance to see a live performance of “Modes & Meters” on Saturday, November 17th at Chapman University in Orange, CA and on Saturday, February 23rd at California State University, Northridge. I will be joined by Neema Pazargad at these performances and for more information, you can visit the links at the bottom of this email.

We are also planning a recording of the entire book in late December and a video recording of “Gorgon” and “Montis” for 2 pianos in January. Both the album and the videos will be released in the early spring of 2013.

This summer I finally had the chance to release a few remixed and remastered classic recordings that I had done about 10 years ago. Among them are “Luta Rakia” and “Yash Bob/Eat Beans” featuring the great Miroslav Tadic on guitar, as well as my “Bulgarian Suite No.1” for solo piano and another version of “Luta Rakia” by one of my projects Bulgarian Moonshine Co. Below is a video of “Fugue” from “Bulgarian Suite No.1”. If you would like to download any of these tracks, just click on the track’s title and it will take you to iTunes. All of these recordings are also available on Amazon and CD Baby.

Sometime ago the pianist Danny Holt commissioned me to write a piece for his unique piano and percussion setup for one performer. “Aegri Somnia” is the result of this commission and Danny will premiere it tonight at the Wild Beast at CalArts and tomorrow afternoon at Art Share-LA. It is an exciting and demanding piece featuring rich ornamentation resembling the epic traditional songs of Bulgaria and based on the asymmetrical 7/8 metric pattern of the Bulgarian dance Rachenitsa.

In October, a very unique and wonderful album entitled “Orenda” by БALKANSKY was released by the Bulgarian label Kuker Music. I had the pleasure of contributing to the album by recording piano on the beautiful traditional Bulgarian song “Tudora” also featuring the legendary voice of Yanka Rupkina,“the kaval-player of the Universe” Theodosii Spassov, the programming and sounds of Ivan Shopov, and the visionary producing of Ivo Christov. Check out the amazing visuals of the official album teaser: http://youtu.be/XKTxSjoPL0A

Thank you for being a part of my musical journey. Love and peace.

Milen

 

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Last concert with Orkestar MÉZÉ until Fall!!

Tonight I am performing with my Orkestar MÉZÉ for the last time before we take a well-deserved break and come back with new material in the Fall. The party is at Rusty’s Surf Ranch on the Santa Monica Pier and starts at 10pm. See you there!!!

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