Koprivshtitsa festival 2022 – part 3

This is the 3rd edit of my recordings at the Koprivshtitsa festival of Bulgarian Folklore Art. Besides vocal and instrumental ensembles with traditional dances and costumes, another genre of performance typical of the Bulgarian folklore is humour. What today would be called of “stand-up comedy” is, in fact, part of the authentic Bulgarian traditions. AlthoughContinue reading “Koprivshtitsa festival 2022 – part 3”

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Koprivshtitsa festival 2022 – part 2

This is the 2nd edit of my recordings at the Koprivshtitsa festival of Bulgarian Folklore Art. More beautiful moments from the Koprivshtitsa festival this summer. I especially liked the little girl singing at the end.

Koprivshtitsa festival 2022 – part 1

This is the first edit of my recordings at the Koprivshtitsa festival of Bulgarian Folklore Art. At the arrival to the festival, me and my gadulka teacher, Angel Dobrev, arrived at master luthier of gadulka Anton Antonov. Next there are some recordings of stage 6, with groups from the Sofia district. Hope you like it!

26th International Folk Festival Plovdiv 2022

From my recordings at the XXVI International Folklore Festival at Plovdiv’s Ancient Theatre. This is the closing day featuring groups from Bulgaria, Turkey and Georgia.

Ensemble Trakia at the 26th International Folk Festival Plovdiv 2022

This year I could finally take a vacation and part of my holiday was spent in Bulgaria, for my gadulka lessons, visiting friends and watch musical events. One of the highlights was to meet my friend bass player Stela Petrova and watch her perform with Ensemble Trakia at Plovdiv’s Ancient Theatre, closing the 26th InternationalContinue reading “Ensemble Trakia at the 26th International Folk Festival Plovdiv 2022”

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”