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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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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