Ensemble Trakia 45-Year Concert

This summer, at Plovdiv’s Ancient Theatre, I attended Ensemble Trakia‘s 45th anniversary concert. Once again, a fabulous show with Bulgarian traditional dances and music. In my recording you will have the chance to hear very well the double-bass of my good friend Stela Petrova, who has featured on a special video generously recorded for me, demonstratingContinue reading “Ensemble Trakia 45-Year Concert”

Bulgarian summer report 2016

A little bit late but I’d like to report another year of great musical moments in Bulgaria this summer! I should start by mentioning my gadulka lessons, with my dear teacher, Dr. Angel Dobrev, of the Bulgarian National Radio Folklore Orchestra, who this year introduced me to new challenges in Bulgarian music. Here is aContinue reading “Bulgarian summer report 2016”

Interview at Bulgarian National Television

This morning I was interviewed by Bulgarian National Television about my interest for Bulgarian Folklore, along with my Gadulka teacher Angel Dobrev. We played a duet consisting of a study in the format Paydushko Horo, a traditional Bulgarian dance in 5/8. You can watch the video at https://www.bnt.bg/bg/a/migel-falkao-portugaletsa-t-kojto-sviri-na-ga-dulka

Ensemble “Trakia” 40th anniversary concert with Stela Petrova on bass

Last Sunday I had the privilege of attending a session with Stela Petrova, bassist at the Ensemble “Trakia”. Later, on that unforgettable day, I watched Ensemble “Trakia” on their 40th anniversary concert, at the Ancient roman Theatre, in the historical city of Plovdiv. I carefully chose my place at the first row to watch StelaContinue reading “Ensemble “Trakia” 40th anniversary concert with Stela Petrova on bass”

Bulgarian Bass session with Stela Petrova

A session in Bulgarian Music with bass star Stela Petrova. During this two-hour session, Stela taught me how to play 3 songs. One, in a very tricky (for me) form of 9/8, from her band Diva Reka, is named “Happy Nine” and composed by one of the great kaval (Bulgarian flute) players of Bulgaria, bandContinue reading “Bulgarian Bass session with Stela Petrova”

Bulgarian Folk Music session with Angel Dobrev and Petar Milanov

Dear Friends, I am again now in Bulgaria, for a second year of learning more about the wonderful Bulgarian traditional music. Last year I started to learn Gadulka, the Bulgarian fiddle, with Professor Angel Dobrev, Gadulka extraordinaire of the Folk Orchestra of Bulgarian National Radio and Gadulka luthier, who made my own gadulka. The gadulkaContinue reading “Bulgarian Folk Music session with Angel Dobrev and Petar Milanov”

20th International Folk Festival Plovdiv 2014

Here’s some more footage from last summer in Bulgaria last summer. This time we are in the Trakia region, city of Plovdiv, where the 20th International Folklore Festival took place. The afternoon was very hot and this was the last day of the festival. There were folk groups from Bulgaria and also from other countries. TheContinue reading “20th International Folk Festival Plovdiv 2014”

Pirin Sings

Continuing to present my video recordings from Bulgaria last summer, we travel to the southeast, to the Pirin mountains. The festival “Pirin Sings” was one of the highlights from my stay in Bulgaria. You will see the atmosphere of this festival: performances, rehearsals and surroundings – all in a beautiful scenery of Predel, Razlog. The mainContinue reading “Pirin Sings”

1st International Festival for Bulgarian Immigrants – Stara Zagora

Some videos that I made during this summer’s visit to Bulgaria. This is a festival organized for Bulgarian folk groups living abroad. It was a hot day in Malka Vereya, next to Stara Zagora and the different groups and artists performed all day long. As you can see, the public constantly joined the show forContinue reading “1st International Festival for Bulgarian Immigrants – Stara Zagora”

Koprivshtica 2010

(i) “Koprivshtica sings!” . I would like to share with you some of my wonderful experience at the Koprivshtica festival in Bulgaria. With the few pictures and video clips I was able to record, I hope you will taste a bit of the atmosphere of this unique event, celebrated only every 5 years, and toContinue reading “Koprivshtica 2010”