Two Men Orchestra presents “Magical Views” album

Nikolai Ivanov O.M. and Petar Yordanov-Buny
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Two Men Orchestra consists of Nikolai Ivanov O.M. and Petar Yordanov – Buny, known for their affinity for ethno and world music. Nikolai Ivanov is an artist with diverse interests in the world of culture. As a composer, he has created the music to more than 50 films, theater and ballet productions and has received many awards. He has been combining this work with active concert life. He has performed in almost all European countries, in the Far East and Middle East, and in Africa. He often has solo concerts, as well as a part of the OM band, playing various instruments. He is an artist by education and through his brush he also transforms his views of the world around him. Art is his "personal bridge" between the East and the West, between the spiritual and material worlds. Nikolai Ivanov likes combining new ideas with traditional ones, seeking inspiration in the space between jazz and avant-garde.

Petar Yordanov – Buny is a percussionist and composer. Like most young musicians, he likes experimenting using a variety of instruments. Among them are the cajon, djembe, African kalimba and others. Bunny participates in various projects and concerts, leads workshops on percussion instruments, and organizes festivals like Sofia Fusion Fest, Beglika Fest, and others. He is also one of the co-founders of "Oratnitza" ethno band that has had concerts in Europe, USA, Russia and the Far East. He is often seen playing on the stages of the Ivan Vazov National Theater and the Bulgarian Army Theater in Sofia.

The common thing between the two instrumentalists is their attitude to ethno, jazz, electronic, sacral and esoteric music. This is how the Magical Views album was produced, which includes 14 pieces by Nikolai Ivanov O.M. The arrangements were joint work with Petar Yordanov – Buny.

“The first part of the tour, during which we promote the Magical Views album, has ended,” Buny says.“So far we have presented it in Sofia, Kazanlak, Troyan, Stara Zagora and Veliko Tarnovo. Each of these concerts took place in different places – in galleries, museums, outdoors, thus creating spontaneous and diverse atmosphere. Reactions of people were a very pleasant surprise to us. At every concert they listened closely to our music, bought CDs and wanted autographs.”

“The combination of sounds from the various instruments we use in this project is very successful," Nikolai adds. “As composers we record fragments in real time before adding sounds and rhythm. We offer music that is interesting and is not commercial. Judging by the audience's interest in our concerts, I see the project as very successful one. People have shown very emotional reactions to our music. Both of us are convinced that what we are doing is worthwhile. I hope we will develop the project further. Our tour continues with a concert in Kikinda, Serbia before we visit Szeged and Budapest in Hungary. The first concert tour ends in Bucharest – Romania. In Bulgaria we continue with concerts in Varna, Rousse, Bourgas and Plovdiv.”

English: Alexander Markov

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