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Sts Kiril & Methody Bulgarian Festival

  Saturday , May 22, 2010         3:00 PM        $15, $10 Senior/Students, Children free

Event Details

2010_card_face.psd_300The 10th ANNUAL Saints KIRIL & METHODY FESTIVAL GALA PARTY of the Bulgarian MAY 2010 Festivities .The Festival features
special guests;  TSVETANKA VARIMEZOVA with SUPERDEVOYCHE - UCLA Balkan Choir and IVAN VARIMEZOV with The UCLA BALKAN BAND. Accordionist extraordinaire IVAN MILEV and gadulka virtuoso NIKOLAY KOLEV with BILL LANPHIER, bass and BRYAN BOWMAN drumming. BEBELEKOV 100 KABA Group. VERNA DRUJINA Band
DA MOJEM Band. GRADINA and more. The GOLDEN ICON of Snt’s Kiril & Methody RITUAL will take place as usual and kids will perform and wave garlands. Food by HRISTO KOLEV.

3:00PM Doors Open
3:30PM Presentations and Workshops
4:00PM Food ready/Hristos Kolev
4:30PM Concert/Kids activities
6:30PM Dance and Ritual
7:00PM Concert - Superdevoyche & UCLA Balkan Band with Tsvetanka & Ivan Varimezovi
9:30PM Ivan Milev and others


IVAN MILEV is a landmark of contemporary Balkan folk music. Throughout his 40-plus year career as an accordion player in Bulgaria, he established the rules for Balkan folk music. His style fuses classical, jazz, Eastern European, and Middle Eastern music. Milev comes from a clan of famous folk musicians, learning the intricacies of Bulgarian folk music from his father, Atanas Milev, a renowned and innovative folk accordionist. In 1978 Ivan created his own Orchestra Mladost, which performed at festivals, fairs, in concerts, and on Bulgarian national television. Ivan's exquisite performance and charisma won him many awards and gained him widespread popularity. With his band Ivan has defined the famous wedding music culture in the Balkan region since the 1970s. Ivan toured the U.S. in 2001 with saxophonist Yuri Yanakov. His playing can be heard on the soundtrack of "Everything is Illuminated," a widely acclaimed independent movie. In 2006 Ivan Milev Band recorded its debut album, The Flight of Krali Marco Check out Chirpanliisko Horo  from Orchestra Mladost by Ivan Milev.

NIKOLAY KOLEV  is a renowned gadulka virtuoso from the village Karavelovo in the Rose Valley of Bulgaria. After graduating from Shiroka Luka High School, he performed with the Sliven Ensemble for three years. In 1984, he founded the orchestra Sopot. In the same year, he started the wedding band Rozova Dolina, which became one of the most sought-after groups in Thrace. In 1992, he also founded Balkanski Glasove, the singing group which took first place at the Varna Festival in 1994 and 1995. Nikolay is also an accomplished composer and arranger of folk songs. His compositions have been performed by such well-known singers as Roumen Rodopski, Savka Sarieva, Donka Koleva and many others. Nikolay Kolev has taught at EEFC Balkan Camps on both coasts and has an adoring cadre of private students. In 1999 Nikolay Kolev was the first Bulgarian to be recognized by the Slavic Heritage Council of America for his outstanding contributions in music. Check out Karavelovska Povratana
Karavelovska_edit.mp3  from Gadulka Melodies
dies.html by Nikolay Kolev.

TSVETANKA VARIMEZOVA , though famous for her outstanding voice, primarily studied tambura while she was in school, and also learned to play the accordion. She attended the folk music high school in Kotel, and continued her education at the music conservatory in Plovdiv.  For five years, both during and after her university studies, she was a member of Ansambl Trakija. In 1991, Tzvetanka joined the Kutev Ensemble, and over the years was also a member and soloist in Cosmic Voices, Le Grande Voix Bulgare, and the National Radio Choir in Sofia.   Throughout the nineties, Tzvetanka was the co-director of the state music ensemble in Pazardzhik.  In 2001, she conducted residencies at UCLA.  Over the last three years, Tzvetanka has worked intensively with American vocal music groups performing Bulgarian and other Balkan choral music forms including the UCLA Balkan Women’s Choir, Kitka, Nevenka and Zhena.

VASIL BEBELEKOV grew up in the Rhodope Mountains of Bulgaria and started playing the gajda at an early age. His wife, MARIA BEBELEKOVA also grew up in the Rhodope mountains and learned singing from her family. Both have taught at the Shiroka Luka Folk Music School and perform in the Bay Area and throughout of USA.

BILL LANPHIER, whose passion for Bulgarian music was sparked in high school, is easily one of America's most in-demand Balkan bassists. Deeply involved with a diverse spectrum of music, Bill has performed live with Madonna (the Virgin Tour and Live Aid), The Rippingtons, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Linda Ronstadt and Rickie Lee Jones. Bill's bass playing has been heard internationally on hundreds of radio and TV commercials.

BRYAN BOWMAN comes from an accomplished family of folk dancers and classical musicians, and was exposed to Balkan music at an early age. Having recorded and performed with some of the West Coast's top jazz and Balkan musicians, Bryan's drumming brings an undeniable versatility and creative sensibility to all his musical endeavors.



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Dance lessons: basic Bulgarian dances and songs with Ivan Milev accompanying, includes  Dunavsko horo, Krivo vodeno horo, Daychovo horo, Elenino horo.  

Rehearsal of VARVI NARODE VAZRODENI hymn of Sts. Kiril & Methody and …. popular Bulgarian songs 


Sts  KIRIL & METHODY Festival in San Francisco and ANTIKA BULGARIA International Cultural Club –A presentation by Tanya Kostova & Bruce Cochran 

(Dinner’s ready!)

Video set up  



Ivan Milev & Nikolay Kolev Band, Vechna Mladost BG Singing Group, MARTENICHKI Children’s Dance Gp, Bill Cope Family Group, Da Mojem, Jam session

Kid’s workshop on, Waving garlands, how to participate in the ritual and festival. Please bring flowers. Start the Garland Videos of past festivals. 


Ritual  of the Golden Icon, Bebelekov Family Group with music from Rhodope Mountains.  


Main Concert: Superdevoyche & Wedding Band from UCLA with Tsvetanka & Ivan Varimezovi  


Ivan Milev Band Open performing space  for performers from past festivals or new groups or soloists.


Superdevoyche & Wedding Band from UCLA with Tsvetanka & Ivan Varimezovi  
 **time and schedule subject to change  

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