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Homage to Bela Bartok

Teodora and Theodosii Spasov join forces to release one of the most anticipated recordings in the world of ethno jazz,

Incantations – Homage To Bela Bartok, on the 7th of April 2016.

With great Balcanic influences, and some world music touches, this recording is  a world premiere.

Teodora is rated one of Romania’s first league jazz singers, with a career that spans over 21 years. She has performed with jazz musicians like Stanley Jordan, Benny Rietveld, Lars Danielsson, Les Paul, Darius Brubeck in important venues in the USA, Canada and all over Europe.

Bela Bartok,  a great connoisseur and collector of ethnic  music and lore, intuitively felt and recognized these subtle, vibrant undercurrents. He picked up on them and went on to compose the Romanian Dances. These were a great source of inspiration to myself. 

My first performance of the Romanian Dances was together with Stanley Jordan in an exquisite pairing of guitar and voice. Bartok’s music performed in American vein was a great revelation and, as such, impeccably sustained by Stanley’s refined and masterful sound. Two years later my guest was Theodosii Spassov and the entire vision about the project underwent a radical change.  He completely understood both my needs and my personal relationship to the Dances and he wrote the musical arrangements for voice, Kaval, percussion and double bass” said Teodora in an interview.

Theodosii Spassov is considered a national figure and musical hero in his home country – Bulgaria. He was trained in kaval playing in Plovdiv. The kaval, an eight-hole wooden “shepherd” flute, is one of the oldest Instruments in Europe, rich in tone and technical possibilities. Theodosii Spassov has developed his own unique style of playing the instrument by synthesizing traditional folklore with jazz, fusion and classical music.

For over 20 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 of 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.”

Spasov has performed throughout the years with Dave Liebman, Trilok Gurtu, Glenn Moore, Billy Cobham and Ennio Morricone. At the fourth European Jazz Night, Theodosii Spassov was a featured performer along with other jazz musicians, including Winton Marsalis.