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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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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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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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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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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Performances in Germany, piano on Woody Allen documentary, a brand new CD and more…

What a Fall it has been!!! A very  busy, eventful, and exciting fall indeed…

I passed my Doctoral qualifying exams at California Institute of the Arts in late August and am on track with progressing to candidacy and finishing my Performer-Composer DMA degree in May, 2012! Immediately after the exams I started the school year at CalArts and Chapman University, with the addition of the Department of Music at California State University, Northridge where now I teach Harmony. These three music schools have such enormous differences in their curriculum, student body, and academic/creative pedagogical approach and yet I love teaching at every one of them!

Late in September I spent a week at PACT Zolverein in Essen, Germany, where I performed my piece “2” as part of the CalArts Plays Itself festival. This was such a great experience at a truly unique art space, where I performed in front of a very educated and warm German and international audience,  made new friends, met old ones, and enjoyed some great contemporary art and quality German beer. After the festival I spent a week in Bulgaria where besides seeing friends and family I was given the honor of a 2-hour interview/program on Bulgarian National Radio dedicated to my music and my latest CD – “Peasant Funk” by my 11-piece Peasant Funk ensemble Orkestar MÉZÉ.

Back in Los Angeles in October, I had the chance to work with Emmy-winning, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Robert Weide and record piano for his “Woody Allen: A Documentary”, part of the American Masters series. A week after this memorable session, I went into the studio to work with my good friend and amazing musician Miroslav Tadic on his score for “Invisible Writing” by Single Wing Turquoise Bird. This was so much fun as I got to put down some funky synth bass tracks to go with beautiful images by outstanding filmmakers.

November of course was marked by the most important event in my band Orkestar MÉZÉ‘s short life yet – the release of our debut album “Peasant Funk” on 11/11/11!! We filled up the legendary Key Club in Hollywood and had a blast. Now you can enjoy our music in your home, your car or on your iPod, as you can download the album on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby and other fine digital distributors, or purchase a hard copy at www.peasantfunk.com!

Now I am looking forward to playing with MÉZÉ on the Santa Monica Pier on December 17th and then taking a few days of well deserved vacation! Have a fun and safe holiday season everyone!!

Cheers,

Milen

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“Peasant Funk” is here!!!


“Peasant Funk” – the eagerly anticipated debut album by Orkestar MÉZÉ is here and is available as a download and a CD!!! Get your copy today and party like a true peasant!!

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