THEODOSII SPASSOV FOLK QUINTET
Canada / USA concert tour - January 11-31, 2018
Theodossi Spassov (kaval and voice),
world - acclaimed KAVAL(Bulgarian flute) player
Peyo Peev (gadulka),
two-time recipient of the Golden Gadulka Award.
Ivan Georgiev (bagpipe),
tours with the The Mystery of Bulgarian Voices choir.
Genadiy Rashkov (drums),
tours with the Filip Kutev National Folk Ensemble
Hristyan Tsvyatkov (guitar),
tours with the Filip Kutev National Folk Ensemble
Jan 11, Ottawa, ON
Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar St, Ottawa, ON K2P 2L7; Tel 416-587-3739
Jan 12 , Montreal, Quebec
VINCENT-D'INDY SCHOOL OF MUSIC, Address: 628 Côte-Sainte-Catherine Road, Outremont, Quebec H2V 2C5 , tel 514 726-9443
Jan 13 , Boston, MA
ACAS Center, 29 Montvale Ave., Woburn, MA 01801
Jan 14, Washington, DC
Botev Academy Bulgarian School - Washington DC
8120 Carroll Ave, Takoma Park, Maryland 20912
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Jan 16 , New York, NY
United Nations General Assembly hall
405 E 42nd Street (46th St & 1st Ave) New York, NY 10017
Jan 18, Chicago, IL
Bristol Palace, 828 E Rand Rd, Mount Prospect, IL
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Jan 19, San Francisco, CA
American Cultural Center 60 Onondaga Ave, San Francisco, CA 94112
Jan 20, Seattle, WA
Carco Theater 1717 Maple Valley Hwy, Renton, WA 98057, USA
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Jan 21, Los Angeles, CA
LACC Herb Alpert Music Center - Department of Music
855 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA
Jan 24, Las Vegas, NV
Jan 26, Phoenix, AZ
firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel. 602 405 8156
Jan 27, Dallas, TX
Plaza Arts Center, 1115 4th St, Carrollton, Texas 75006
Jan 28, St Petersburg, FL
Ilyananakova@yahoo.com, 727 480 6367
Jan 29, Miami, FL
La Vendetta Restaurant, 1909 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, FL 33020.
email@example.com, 786 942 9060
Jan 30, Atlanta, GA
Co Co Cabana, 4073 Lavista Rd. ,Tucker GA 390084
Jan 31 , Toronto,
Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West
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For more information about the tour contact:
Eli Yordanov, firstname.lastname@example.org, 1-416-587-3739
Petro Dushkov, email@example.com, 1-714-655-0079
Theodosii Spassov Folk Quintet
Under the direction of world-renowned kaval (traditional, wooden shepherd’s flute) virtuoso Theodossi Spassov, the stellar musicians of the quintet will present performances of traditional Bulgarian folk music in a unique and exciting manner. Their dazzling technical and musical skills will appeal not only to individuals in Bulgarian communities, but also to a broad and diverse North-American audience. The Quintet was created to present the beauty and cultural uniqueness of Bulgarian folklore around the world. The talented members of the band have worked together on many projects with the internationally renowned Filip Kutev National Folk Song and Dance Ensemble, and the women's choir, "The Mystery of the Bulgarian Voices"(Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares).
Theodossi Spassov is a virtuoso and eclectic kaval (wooden flute) artist and composer with roots in Bulgarian traditional music. He has nevertheless ventured out of the confines of folk music to embrace jazz, art music, and electronic dance music through collaborations with Bulgarian and non-Bulgarian performers, and through compositional endeavors. He is a well-respected and widely acclaimed artist at home and abroad who was designated as an Artist for Peace by UNESCO in 2015, not only for his innovative artistry, but also for his "commitment to raise public awareness about music as a force to enhance dialogue among people, cultures, and communities." From UN News Center
For over 20 years, Theodosii has toured 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".
Spassov is a brilliant improviser and technician who explores the full potential of the kaval using extended techniques to produce sounds atypical of this instrument and creating a myriad of soundscapes and a dynamic palette of tone colors.
NEWSWEEK: "He actually created a new musical genre."
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: "....like a jam session between Ian Anderson and Thelonius Monk."
BERLINER MORGENPOST: "What he manages to produce on his wooden flute is sensational."
HOWARD ROVICS: "His work on the Kaval was nothing short of pure genius."
CHRIS NICKSON: "....Spassov sounds like the late flutist and saxophonist Rahsaan Roland Kirk Except Spassov plays a simple, rural shepherd's flute."
- Member of the company of the Irish music and dance "Riverdance"
- The International Academy of Arts in Paris Award, 1996
THEODOSII SPASSOV FOLK QUINTET -
a wonderful 2009 USA TOUR - Reviews >>
PEYO TRENDAFILOV PEEV
Gadulka (traditional Bulgarian three-stringed musical instrument played with a bow)
Peyo Peev was born in Stara Zagora in 1975. He started playing with the Youth Folk Ensemble Zagorche and went on to graduate from the Filip Kutev National School of Folk Arts in Kotel in 1994. After graduation from the renowned Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts in Plovdiv in 1998,
he joined the Filip Kutev National Folk Song & Dance Ensemble. Today Peyo is a soloist with the Folk Music Orchestra of the Bulgarian National Radio.
Today Peyo is a soloist with the Folk Music Orchestra of the Bulgarian National Radio. He has is a two-time recipient of the Golden Gadulka Award (1996 and 1997) – created in honor of the legendary Bulgarian gadulka player Yanko Petrov.
Peyo has is a two-time recipient of the Golden Gadulka Award (1996 and 1997) – created in honor of the legendary Bulgarian gadulka player Yanko Petrov.
He has collaborated with distinguished Bulgarian musicians such as Ivo Papazov, Peter Ralchev and Stoyan Yankulov. Career highlights include participation in the 1997 world tour of the acclaimed Bulgarian women’s choir The Mystery of Bulgarian Voices as well as participation in the world-famous Riverdance show (1999 - 2000).
Ivan Simeonov Georgiev
Gaida (Bulgarian bagpipe)
Ivan was born in Burgas, Bulgaria in 1976. He graduated from the Filip Kutev National School of Folk Arts in Kotel, in 1995. He specialized in bagpipe and folk orchestra conducting at the renowned Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts in Plovdiv, from which he graduated in 1999.
Today he is on the faculty of the Academy and regularly performs with its National Orchestra. Ivan also tours with the acclaimed Bulgarian women's choir The Mystery of Bulgarian Voices as well as an accompanist to the vocal quartet Slavei. He makes regular appearances in international piping festivals all over the world such as the William Kennedy Piping Festival in Northern Ireland in 2007.
”…. musician with stunning technical mastery of both the djura gaida and the kaba gaida. Ivan has a passion for his culture's music and a flair for engaging his audiences and taking them into realms of musical experience they had not imagined.
-- Dr Mike Paterson, Piping Today magazine, Scotland
Genadiy SAVOV Rashkov
Tupan (traditional Bulgarian double-headed
Genadiy was born in the Bessarabian Bulgarian village of Suvorovo, in South Ukraine in 1973. Following high school graduation in 1990, Genadiy performed for four years with the Bulgarian ensemble at the Moldova Philharmonic Orchestra in the city of Taraclia.
In 1994, he commenced his studies as a percussionist at the renowned Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. As a student of percussion at the Academy, he played with Dance Ensemble Hem under the direction of Ivan Georgiev and with the Children’s Center Ensemble under the direction of Vencislava Ilienska.
Since 2004, Genadii has played in the acclaimed Filip Kutev National Folk Song & Dance Ensemble. His most distinguished appearances with the ensemble include shows at Royal Albert Hall in London and at Expo 2005 in Aichi, Japan, as well as numerous performances at Bulgarian presidential and PM state visits abroad.
HRISTIAN TSVYATKOV – Guitar
Hristian was born on August 27, 1987 in the town of Gabrovo. He grew up in the family of folk musicians. From the age of nine, he played classical guitar. In 2001, Hristian continued his musical education at the National School of Fine Arts "P. Pipkov" in Pleven with tambura. He has won many awards from national competitions. Later he graduated from the University "St. Kliment Ohridski" in Sofia, with a specialization in musical pedagogy.
Hristian records and plays in Bulgaria, Belgium, Austria, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and others.
He works with some of the best Bulgarian musicians: Theodosii Spassov, Peyo Peev, Stoyan Yankulov, to name just a few. He is currently part of Theodosii Spassov’s Folk Quintet and plays and tours with the world acclaimed Filip Kutev National Folk Song & Dance Ensemble.