Monday, December 3, 2012

Theodosii Spassov - Bratimene

01. Horo with Kaval [05:53]
02. Rhodope Song [04:30]
03. Old Wives' Tales [06:57]
04. Paleontologomania [02:59]
05. Satin Doll [05:57]
06. Pendata [02:32]
07. Song about the Couscous [06:22]
08. Samba Rachenitsa [04:46]
09. Gyurkata [05:06]
10. A Little Something out of Nothing [02:06]
11. Rada [04:15]
12. For Nicky [04:42]
13. Christmas Eve with Bells [02:52]


# No 1:Theodosii Spassov - kaval( Bulgarian wooden flute), Vesselin Koichev - guitar, Docho Panov - bass guitar;
Recorded in February 1983.
# No 2:Theodosii Spassov - kaval; Simeon Shterev - flute, Roumen Toskov - piano; Vesselin Vesselinov-Eco - double-bass, Stoyan Yankulov - drums;
Recorded in July 1995.
# No 3:Theodosii Spassov - kaval, vocals; Stoyan Yankulov - percussions;
Recorded in January 1998.
# No 4: Theodosii Spassov - kaval, vocals; Milcho Leviev - piano.
Recorded in June 1993
# No 5: Theodosii Spassov - kaval; Peter Petrov - tenor sax; Ruschuk Trio: Boris Petrov - keyboards, Nikolai Georgiev - bass guitar; Marian Antonov -drums;
Recorded in March 1996.
# No 6: Theodosii Spassov - kaval; Peter Petrov - tenor saxophone;
Recorded in March 1996.
# No 7: Vesselin Nikolov Sextet: Vesselin Nikolov - soprano sax; Yildiz Ibrahimova - vocals; Theodosii Spassov - kaval; Vesselin Koichev - guitar; Docho Panov - bass guitar; Radoul Nachkov - drums; Boris Dinev - percussions.
Recorded in November 1985.
# No 8: Theodosii Spassov - kaval; Yildiz Ibrahimova - vocals; Ognyan Videv - guitar;
Recorded in January 1988.
# No 9: Theodosii Spassov - kaval; Stoyan Yankulov - percussions;
Recorded in January 1998.
# No 10: Theodosii Spassov - kaval; Acoustic Version: Antony Donchev - piano; Hristo Yotsov - drums;
Recorded in March 1992
# No 11: Theodosii Spassov - kaval; Anatoly Vapirov - soprano sax;
Recorded in October 1993.
# No 12: Theodosii Spassov - kaval; Roumen Toskov - piano; Georgi Donchev - double-bass; Stoyan Yankulov - drums;
Recorded in February 1997.
# No 13: Theodosii Spassov - kaval; Stefka Onikian - vocals; Nikolai Dragnev - guitar; Dimiter Shanov - bass guitar.
Recorded in February 1997
"St. Alexander Nevsky" Cathedral bells recorded during the Christmas Liturgy in 1992.

Gega New (1998)

Various video:

This is a compilation of Theodosy's best work from 1983 to 1998. Best described as Bulgarian ethnic jazz, this features Theodosy accompanied by some of the finest jazz musicians in Bulgaria: Yildaz Ibrahimova - vocals; Stoyan Yankulov - percussion; Milcho Leviev - piano; Vesselin Nikolov - sax; Simeon Shterev - flute, Peter Petrov, Stefka Onikian.
Theodosii Spassov invented a new musical genre. The American magazine is absolutely right. The Bulgarian genius developed a completely new style of playing the KAVAL, which is a shepherd’s flute consisting of wood and one of the oldest instruments in Europe.
Theodosii gets everything out of his KAVAL when playing his unique compositions. They include elements of traditional folklore music as well as jazz, classical music and even pop. His very own way of playing has not only impressed audiences during his concerts and festival appearances, but also fellow musicians, who cooperated with THEODOSII SPASSOV in the past years. Among them are Dave Liebman, Andy Sheppard, Yldiz Ibrahimova, Ennio Morricone, Jamey Haddad, Albert Mangelsdorff, Mark Johnson, Kazumi Watanabe and many others.


Theodosii Spassov was born on March 4th, 1961. He began his early training on the kaval at the Kotel Music School and The Academy of Music and Dance in Plovdiv/Bulgaria. The kaval, an eight-hole wooden “shepherd” flute, is one of the oldest Instruments in Europe, rich in tone and technical possibilities. Theodosii Spassov has developed his own unique style of playing the instrument by synthesizing traditional folklore with jazz, fusion and classical music.

For over 20 years, Theodosii has toured all over Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Australia, Canada and United States. In 1994, he performed with Sofia Women’s Radio Choir which was awarded with a Grammy award for “Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares”. In April of 1995, “Newsweek” magazine recognized Theodosii Spassov as one of the most talented Eastern-European musicians in its “best of the East” article, noting that “Spassov… is not merely surviving the post-communist cultural wasteland. He has actually invented a new musical genre.”

Theodosii Spassov has contributed to 20 CDs, four of his own, which have been noted worldwide. He has composed and performed numerous film scores including a French-Bulgarian feature film “Granitza”, (”The Border”) 1993. Also he recorded themes for films by Italian composers Carlos Siliotto and Ennio Morricone, entitled “An Italian Story” and “The Breakout of the Innocent”. At the fourth European Jazz Night, Theodosii Spassov was a featured performer along with other jazz musicians, including Winton Marsalis.

At home in Bulgaria, Theodosii Spassov is national figure and musical hero, and was recently honored with the”Music Artist of the Year” award. He is the Artistic Director of the world-renown “PHILIP KOUTEV Ensemble Of Music, Drama And Dance”.

Theodosii is currently member of the company of the Irish music and dance “Riverdance”-(1998-2001). Now hi is a soloist of Bulgarian National Radio.

The Special Prize of Detroit Flute Festival, 1994
The International Academy of Arts in Paris Award, 1996
“Music Artist of the Year” at the National Music Awards, 1997 and 2002
Apollo Toxophoros for sparkling contribution to Bulgarian music, 2001
National Film Centre Annual Awards-”Best film music composer”, 2006
“Artist Of Salon Des Arts” , 2007
“Dobri Chintulov” for culture activity, 2009
“Golden Age” for contribution to Bulgarian culture, 2011

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