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I see no specific problem with that. When aatanas comes to conductors, I often listen to the interpretations of Carlos Kleiber. There were no musicians in my family, but in Bulgaria the folk music is very much alive and present in everyday life. Atanas Ourkouzounov is one of most interesting personalities in the Bulgarian contemporary music.

Atanas Ourkouzounov | Toccatchenitsa for solo guitar

I cannot fully explain how I get my ideas. And right now I am also working on my fifth sonata for guitar. There are several Bulgarian musicians who create an exciting fusion of traditional music and jazz, and that inspires attanas a lot. Polegnala e Tudora Bulgaria.

Atanas Ourkouzounov

What is the basis of your harmonic thinking and your use of polyphony? I have had the pleasure of hearing some of your performances together with the flutist Mie Ogura, and the interplay between the two of you is really astonishing. Has your own music forced you to keep expanding your technical capacity?

It is highly inspiring to work with such people—it motivates me to perform on a higher level, as well. I also often tune the third and sixth strings one half-tone atahas. Atanas Ourkouzounov grew up in Sofia, Bulgaria, where he began guitar studies with Dimitar Doitchinov.

Yes, my technique is aanas in the music I write.

I soon give up the desire to understand what time-signature is ourjouzounov, and surrender and tag along on the journey. He offered them aganas and alcohol, so they went on playing for hours and hours. 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.


You aatanas composed so ourkousounov, made several recordings, and also tour a lot. Atanas Ourkouzounov – Guitar. Folk music of Bulgaria is apparently of great importance to you. Leif and I have already made several records together and it is a joy and privilege to work with him. As a guitarist you have a dazzling technique, making it possible for you to perform highly intricate and difficult passages while still maintaining the expressive content.

Ange Turell is a Swedish guitarist and composer. Sometimes it happens with the guitar, sometimes not; it might happen in front of a computer or with pen and paper.

I have no rules about how the work should go ahead.

When it comes to these types of arrangements, we take the song, dance, or theme and try to create a functioning structure or form, which means that you are more free to put a bit more of yourself into the music. What I do know for certain is that I ourkouzunov want and need to write music often.

Then, sudden shifts of perspective, showing views of floating harmonies and charged waiting. Ourkouzounov grew up in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. My own arrangements are mainly from the classical domain, with pieces from such composers as Bartok, Debussy, and Ligeti.

The use of microtones? What are the main challenges in transferring this music to the guitar? I would especially like to mention the clarinet-player Ivo Papazov, and Thedosii Spassov, who plays kaval [a traditional wooden flute].

Everything is connected to the music we create. About Search Contact Sign In. I think it feels natural to play this music on the guitar, and I actually think so in general when it comes to traditional music from different parts of the world.

Na ti mome dzivri Bulgaria. I am very fond of Indian music and its underlying life philosophy that regards ourkkouzounov as a huge interconnected network; an approach that is most appealing to me.

The rhythms and the uneven time-signatures?

Atanas Ourkouzounov | Toccatchenitsa for solo guitar

But I do use different kinds of alternative tunings. So it will hopefully turn out as an interesting mixture of three different views: 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. Other recordings by Atanas Ourkouzounov: So I pick up my guitar in order to try out something, or I go deeply into my own imagination to intensely figure out what a musical idea might sound like.

Eventually it resembles the process of composing. 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. Mie and I have several concerts coming up, and we also have a plan to make a new album of entirely Bulgarian music. 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.

That is the reason for this influence still being so strong. 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. How do you get your ideas and how do you go about manifesting them?

My grandfather used to sing folk songs and he often invited musicians to come and play in his house. Did you grow up in a family of musicians, or how did you get to know this tradition?

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