Join the Bulgarian Cultural Heritage Center for a concert with two world-renowned virtuosos, Teodosii Spassov and Vlatko Stefanovski, whose mastery of their own traditional music of the Balkans embroidered with jazz creates an East-meets-West soundscape of guitar and Bulgarian flute.
Vlatko Stefanovski began playing guitar in his native Macedonia at age 13. He formed one of the most important bands in former Yugoslavia “Leb i Sol” which produced 14 albums and toured internationally. Since the mid 90’s Stefanovski plays and records with top artists around the world including Tommy Emmanuel, Stochela Rosenberg, Gibonni, Jan Akkerman, Stefan Milenkovic, Kudsi Erguner, Bojan Z, Manu Katche, Toni Levin. His recent work includes music for films, theater and ballet.
Teodosii Spassov is the top artist on kaval, the 8-holed wooden shepherd’s flute from his native Bulgaria. He developed his unique style by synthesizing folklore with jazz, fusion, and classical music. Newsweek recognized him as one of the most talented musicians in their “Best of the East” article (April, 1995), writing “Spassov has actually invented a new musical genre.”
For over 20 years Spassov has toured internationally with artists including Dave Liebman, Andy Sheppard, Yldiz Ibrahimova, Ennio Morricone, Jamey Haddad, Albert Mangelsdorff, Mark Johnson, Ivo Papazov, and Kazumi Watanabe. He was a member of Riverdance Company between 1998-2012. In Bulgaria, he recorded with Sofia Women’s Radio Choir which received a Grammy Award. Spassov composed numerous film scores and themes for films by Italian composers Carlos Siliotto and Ennio Morricone.
He is officially designated Artist for Peace in recognition of his “talent, his innovation in creating a unique music style and his virtuoso performance, his commitment to raise public awareness about music as a force to enhance dialogue among people, cultures and communities, as well as his profound commitment to the ideals and aims of the Organization.”
About the Bulgarian Cultural and Heritage Center of Seattle
The mission of BCHCS is to establish, organize, support, and promote events related to traditional and contemporary Bulgarian culture, to preserve Bulgarian heritage in the greater Seattle area; to engage, educate and do outreach to the Bulgarian and the Greater Seattle Community; and collaborate with other organizations to promote Bulgarian culture and heritage.