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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“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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