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Once upon a time, two times, three... So goes the pulse of life. The pulse in the heart, or maybe in your heart. So goes the story of creation. An emotionally charged story about kindness, happiness, contemplation, rhythm and meditation. A narrative of compositions, improvisations and ambient soundscapes.
The spirituality of ancient India, the lyricism of Bulgarian folklore and the searching spirit of contemporary European jazz come together to convey the urgency of PROJECT PULSE.
Bulgarian pianist and composer Dimitar Bodurov has put together a collective of unique artistic individuals - worldwide celebrated Bulgarian kaval player THEODOSII SPASSOV, master of Indian tabla SANDIP BHATTACHARYA and BODUROV himself on piano and electronics.
Theodosii Spassov is a worldwide celebrated Bulgarian kaval (wooden flute) player and is one of the pioneers to combine Bulgarian folklore with Jazz and World music. For over 30 years, Theodosii has toured all over Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Australia, Canada and United States. In 1994, he performed with Sofia Women's Radio Choir which was awarded with a Grammy award for "Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares". In April 1995, "Newsweek" magazine recognized Theodosii Spassov as one of the most talented Eastern-European musicians in its "best of the East" article, noting that "Spassov... is not merely surviving the post-communist cultural wasteland. He has actually invented a new musical genre."
At home in Bulgaria, Theodosii Spassov is a national figure and musical hero. Spassov was honored with the "Music Artist of the Year" award and most recently was named UNESCO artist of piece among Herbie Hancock, Gil Gilberto, Valery Gergiev and Celine Dion
Sandip Bhattacharya is a prominent name among Indian Classical music lovers. He was born and raised in India's oldest cultural and holy center, Benares. Descendant of an old musical family he inherits the title Bhatta from his grand father, meaning master.
Since early childhood Sandip learns from some of the most respected names in Indian music such as Ravi Shankar and Zakir Hussein.
Since the mid 90s Sandip resided in the Netherlands where he regularly works with musicians of the Dutch and European jazz and world scene such as Jan Garbarek, Mari Boine, Sainkho Namchylak. Sandip has great experience working with various groups, theater and dance productions as well as giving indian classical solo concerts.
He regularly tours throughout Europe and in his native India.
Dimitar Bodurov is a Bulgarian jazz pianist, composer and producer, currently based in Amsterdam (NL).
His solid background in both jazz improvisation and classical composition in combination with love for folklore and electronica shaped his authentic musical signature.
Bodurov has released several CD albums with his own groups, has received a few awards and has given concerts at the most prestigious venues in the Netherlands including North sea Jazz Festival and Concertgebouw Amsterdam among others.
As a composer he has written commissions for Gergiev Festival (Rotterdam), Dance group LeineRoebana (Amsterdam), Holland Festival and Origen festival (Switzerland).
Bodurov is also the initiator of Keys and Stix Festival, dedicated to piano-drums duets and since 2014 the artistic director of Radar Festival (Varna, Bulgaria).