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Atanas Ourkouzounov Combines Traditional and Contemporary Elements in Fascinating Ways. Joey Lusterman October 1, Strings By Mail Atanas Ourkouzounov | Toccatchenitsa for solo guitar – Composer : Atanas Ourkouzounov Model: DO Instrumentation: Solo Guitar Level. Strings By Mail Atanas Ourkouzounov | Tanzologia for cello and guitar – Level: 4 Number of Pages: 24, plus separated parts Instrumentation: Chamber Music.

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Atanas Ourkouzounov Combines Traditional and Contemporary Elements in Fascinating Ways

One way of maintaining a cultural identity was to keep the folk music alive. He studied guitar, chamber music, analysis, ethnomusicology and improvisation at the Paris Conservatory and graduated in with unanimous vote the first prize in guitar. There were no musicians in my family, but in Bulgaria the folk music is very ourkouzoknov alive and present in everyday life. I also often tune the third and sixth strings one half-tone down. There have been interesting blends of musical influences, such as Orthodox Atwnas music, Turkish and Arabian maqamthe musical tradition of the Gypsies, Jewish, Armenian—all of these are being atansa and that is the main reason this music is so rich.

The bases are the rhythms and the different modal scales that we use in this part of the world. Several internationally recognized performers have played his works.

Another project for next year is to record my guitar concertos in Denmark, together with my engineer Leif Hesselberg.

Everything is connected to the music we create. The use of microtones? Sometimes it happens with the guitar, sometimes not; qtanas might happen in front of a computer or with pen and paper. Ourkouzounov grew up in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. His guitar playing eventually took him to France, where he studied at the Paris Conservatory with teachers such as Olivier Chassain and Arnaud Dumond.

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Ourkouzounov has written over works for guitar-solos, duos, trios, quartets, instrumental ensembles, and four concerti-a number of which have won important prizes, and a majority of which have been published by leading publishers Doberman-Yppan, Henry Lemoine. And so is the variety—ranging from your own original compositions to arrangements of popular music. Has your own music forced you to keep expanding your technical capacity? You seem to have a never-ending source of inspiration at hand!

Again, movement, kaleidoscopic whirling, loss of gravity. Oudkouzounov I do know for certain is that I really want and need to write music often. Na ti mome dzivri Bulgaria.

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He offered them food and alcohol, so they went on playing for hours and hours. The rhythms and the uneven time-signatures?

Folk music of Bulgaria is apparently of great importance to you. I soon give up the desire to understand what time-signature is present, and surrender and tag along on the journey.

Kutchiika titcha pred dramuliika Bulgaria.

There are several Bulgarian musicians who create an exciting fusion of traditional music and jazz, and that inspires me a lot. Did you grow up in a family of musicians, or how did you get to know this tradition? He is an excellent and smart musician, with the stamina and drive to put his soul into the work until he has done his very best.

Eventually it resembles the process of composing.

Atanas Ourkouzounov | Tanzologia for cello and guitar

Ange Turell is a Swedish guitarist and composer. So it will hopefully turn out as an interesting mixture of three different views: I would especially like to mention the clarinet-player Ivo Papazov, and Thedosii Spassov, who plays kaval [a traditional wooden flute].


If you have ever encountered the dance music of the Balkans, with its frequent use of uneven time-signatures, or the sometimes harsh and other-worldly beautiful harmonies of the singular Bulgarian female choruses whose singing has fascinated so many of us, you may feel partly at home with the tonal language and rhythms Ourkouzounov frequently employs. A version of this article originally appeared in the magazine Gitarr och Luta. During my childhood I was fascinated by the folk musicians that used to gather in the square at night in the village where my grandparents lived in the Balkan mountains.

He also studied theory, music ethnology, improvisation, and chamber music. Our arrangements of pop and jazz tunes are mostly made by Mie; I only work with the guitar parts. I cannot fully explain how I get my ideas. The two of you are creating something fresh, making a new piece of music, while the melody still remains. Atanas Ourkouzounov is one of most interesting personalities in the Bulgarian contemporary music.

In addition to eight CDs on which Ourkouzounov plays, more than 60 CDs of his music performed by others are currently available. Atanas Ourkouzounov grew up in Sofia, Bulgaria, where he began guitar studies with Dimitar Doitchinov. Melodies rapidly winding through flickering semitone-vegetation.

Atanas Ourkouzounov – Guitar.