5th Annual Kirov Concert

On September 8th, Todor and Milen Kirov performed a concert at Los Angeles City College, supported in part by Bulgarian Educational and Cultural Society “PCHELA” and the Bulgarian Consulate in Los Angeles. The Kirovs were joined on stage by Lauren Baba (violin), Andrew Conrad (clarinet), Randy Gloss (percussion), and Michael Mull (alto sax). Todor and Milen also received Certificates by the city of Los Angeles in recognition of their artistic work.

Dad and I

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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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Help Orkestar MÉZÉ Record Their New Album!

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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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