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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Orukouzounov guitar playing eventually took him to France, where he studied at the Paris Conservatory with teachers such as Olivier Chassain and Arnaud Dumond. Other recordings by Atanas Ourkouzounov: I see no specific problem with that.

Mie and I have several concerts coming up, and we also have a plan to make a new album of entirely Bulgarian music. That is the reason for this influence still being so strong. The bases are the rhythms and the different modal scales that we use in this part of the world. I would especially like to mention the clarinet-player Ivo Papazov, and Ourkouzoynov Spassov, who plays kaval [a traditional wooden flute]. 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. Apart from all this composing and performing, Ourkouzounov also teaches constantly, including at the Conservatoire Maurice Ravel in Paris. Folk music of Bulgaria is apparently of great importance to you. 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.

Atanas Ourkouzounov Combines Traditional and Contemporary Elements in Fascinating Ways

Atanas Ourkouzounov performs widely as soloist and with the Japanese flautist Mie Ogura. He is an excellent ourkouzuonov smart musician, with the stamina and drive to put his soul into the work until he has done his very best.

If you have ever encountered the dance music of the Balkans, ourkouzuonov 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. Leif and I have already made several records together and it is a joy and privilege to work with him. When it comes to conductors, I often listen to the interpretations of Carlos Kleiber.


What are the main challenges in transferring this music to the guitar? Polegnala e Tudora Bulgaria. A version of this article originally appeared in the magazine Gitarr och Luta. Atanas Ourkouzounov grew up in Sofia, Bulgaria, where he began guitar studies with Dimitar Doitchinov. 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.

During my childhood I was fascinated by ourkkuzounov folk musicians that used to gather in the square at night in the village where my grandparents lived in the Balkan mountains. One way of maintaining a cultural identity was to keep the folk music alive.

Ourkouzounov grew up in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. The rhythms and the uneven time-signatures? He also writes about music, focusing mainly on contemporary music for classical guitar. Yes, my technique is grounded in the music I write.

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 ourouzounov being mixed and that is the main reason this music is so rich.

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But I do use different kinds of alternative tunings. Everything is connected to the music we create. How do atahas get your ideas and how do you go about manifesting them?

And right now I am also working on my fifth sonata for guitar. Again, movement, kaleidoscopic whirling, loss of gravity. Atanas Ourkouzounov is one of most interesting personalities in the Bulgarian contemporary music. Did you grow up in a family of musicians, or how did you get to know this tradition? You have composed so much, made several recordings, and also tour a lot.


There were no musicians in my family, but in Bulgaria the folk music is very much alive and present in everyday life. I soon give up the desire to understand what time-signature is present, and surrender and tag along on the journey.

The process is hard to describe, but I feel this excitement and it is impossible to let go once I have started. Sometimes it happens with the guitar, sometimes not; it might happen in front of a computer or with pen and paper.

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Rhythms tossing and springing to and fro. He offered them food and alcohol, so they went on playing for hours and hours.

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. Yes, most Bulgarian composers are strongly influenced by the folk music. Has your own music forced you to keep expanding your technical capacity? The two of you are creating something fresh, making a new piece of music, while the melody still remains.

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My own arrangements are mainly from the classical domain, with pieces from such composers as Bartok, Debussy, and Ourkouziunov. I cannot fully explain how I get my ideas.

So it will hopefully turn out as an interesting mixture of three different views: Another project for next year is to record my guitar concertos in Denmark, together with my engineer Leif Hesselberg. Kutchiika titcha pred dramuliika Bulgaria. What I do know for certain ourkouzounovv that I really want and need to write music often. Eventually it resembles the process of composing. When Atanas Ourkouzounov plays, things are cooking. About Search Contact Sign In.