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13th International Jazz Festival Bansko kicks off

Famous Jazz singer Yildiz Ibrahimova
Photo: BGNES
The town of Bansko opened the 13th International Jazz Festival 8 August. As every year, the pretty town, which is located at the foot of the Pirin Mountain, Southern Bulgaria, turns into a veritable capital of jazz. This year’s fest hosts 15 countries from around the world. What is more, it will run until 14 August, which is one day longer than usual. The 13th edition started with a pre-festival programme on 7 August. The concert was dedicated to Lea Ivanova, one of Bulgaria’s first jazz stars. Some of her popular songs were heard in the performance of singer Meri Taneva and Tony Zlatanov Band. Actress Desi Tenekedjieva presented her latest chill-out project Crazy Butterfly, featuring also Bobby Vylchev (piano), Mihail Yosifov (trumpet) and Kalin Veliov (drums). By tradition, the Bulgarian National Radio Big Band, conducted by Yanko Miladinov, opened the festival. The Band soloist was jazz vocalist Bianca Morales from Finland. We offer you next Bianca Morales and the piece General Strike.

The fest’s first night saw the long-expected concert of all-favourite jazz singer Yildiz Ibrahimova. In recent times, Yildiz has been living in Turkey; her participation in the jazz festival is part of a number of concerts in Bulgaria. Some exciting meetings with great world performers are yet to come! Incognito will be performing on 10 August. The band, which has gained wide recognition and various awards, has been nominated for the American Smooth Jazz Awards in the “International Group” category this year. In