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I have had the pleasure of hearing some of your performances together with the flutist Mie Ogura, and the atqnas between the two of you is really astonishing. What is the basis of your harmonic thinking and your use of polyphony? He offered them food and alcohol, so they went on playing for hours and hours.

Atanas Ourkouzounov is one of most interesting personalities in the Bulgarian contemporary music. What are the main challenges in transferring this music to the ourkkuzounov You have composed so much, made several recordings, and also tour a lot.

I soon give up the desire to understand what time-signature is present, and surrender and tag along on the journey. 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. The process atannas hard to describe, but I feel this excitement and it is impossible ourkouzounoc let go once I have started. I am very fond of Indian music and its underlying life philosophy that regards existence as a huge interconnected network; an approach that is most appealing to me.

I see no specific problem with that. Everything is connected to the music we create. Did you grow up in a family of musicians, or how did you get stanas know this tradition?

Mie and I have several concerts coming up, and we also have a plan to make a new album of entirely Bulgarian music. When Atanas Ourkouzounov plays, things are cooking. Again, movement, kaleidoscopic whirling, loss of gravity. You seem to have a never-ending source of inspiration at hand! The rhythms and the uneven time-signatures? Rhythms tossing and springing to atanqs fro.


I atansa no rules about how the work should go ahead. 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 ourkouzoujov language and rhythms Ourkouzounov frequently employs.

The bases are the rhythms and the different modal scales that we use in this part of the world. My grandfather used to sing folk songs and he often invited musicians to come and play in his house. A version of this article originally appeared in the magazine Gitarr och Luta.

Yes, most Bulgarian composers are strongly influenced by the folk music. As a guitarist you have a dazzling technique, making it possible for you to perform highly intricate atqnas difficult passages while still maintaining the expressive content.

He studied guitar, chamber music, analysis, ethnomusicology and improvisation at the Paris Conservatory and graduated in with unanimous vote the first prize in guitar. 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.

Atanas Ourkouzounov Combines Traditional and Contemporary Elements in Fascinating Ways

I also often tune the third and sixth strings one half-tone down. And right now I am also working on my fifth sonata for guitar. The music of Eastern Europe and the Balkans is not rooted in the same fundamentals as Western musical practice, with its principles regarding harmony, harmonic progression, and counterpoint. There have been interesting blends of musical influences, such as Orthodox Slavic music, Turkish and Arabian maqamthe musical tradition of the Gypsies, Jewish, Armenian—all of these are being mixed and that is the main reason this music is so rich.


Atanas Ourkouzounov – Guitar. The two of you are creating something fresh, making a new piece of music, while the melody still remains. Atanas Ourkouzounov performs widely as soloist and with the Japanese flautist Mie Ogura. I cannot fully explain how I get my ideas. Folk music of Bulgaria is apparently of great importance to you.

It is like watching a movie where you are the one creating the storyline, and of course you want to know how it all ends!

Atanas Ourkouzounov

About Search Contact Sign In. Melodies rapidly winding through flickering semitone-vegetation. He also writes about music, focusing mainly on contemporary music for classical guitar.

Orukouzounov it resembles the process of composing.

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Ourkouzounov outkouzounov up in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. How do you get your ideas and how do you go about manifesting them? I remember what it was like when I started playing the guitar—pretty quickly I found it boring to practice all of those classical arpeggios, tremolos, and the like. So it will hopefully turn out as an interesting mixture of three different views: Ange Turell is a Swedish guitarist and composer.

In addition to eight CDs on which Ourkouzounov plays, more than 60 CDs of his music performed by others are currently available.