“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.

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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

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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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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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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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