Balkania After the Rain
“The music in Balkania After the Rain reflects my classical guitar background, my Bulgarian heritage, and my orientations as a performer and composer towards jazz and flamenco as well. In this album the listener will find a unique body of work that brings together classical, jazz and folk traditions. By doing this, I can contribute in a new way to the array of cross-cultural musical collaborations and exciting creative work that is occurring in Canada and the world today.
I look to Bulgarian folk music as one of my primary sources of inspiration. In this regard, there is a focus on the additive/asymmetrical meters common in Bulgaria and the Balkans, as well as traditional melodic modes and typical melodic inflections. I use these traditional elements in a more contemporary manner that did compliment the style of the compositions in this album. All the artists in this album are accomplished musicians and I am so lucky and blessed that they did contribute their talent in to this musical adventure of mine.”
Balkania Orchestra: Anton Apostolov
Valeri Dimchev, Ganesh Vishwanath Tanwade, Vihren Paunov, Ivo Paunov, Hasheel Lodhia, Ahmet Ilci, Alberto Suarez, Irene Markoff, Dimitre Atanasov, Tzvetelina Bratanova, Rosi Atanasova, Bashkim Jaupi.
Nedyalko Nedyalkov, Stoyan Yankulov, Spass Rizov, Colin Maier, Ivan Tsonkov ,Luchezar Stamatov, Ivailo Romanov (Peleto), Darek Kobylarz, Mia Cioffi, Ekaterina Popova.
This recording was made possible through the assistance of the Canada Music Fund and the Music Section of the Canada Council for the Arts.