Tzvetan Nedyalkov who plays with the successful Ku-Ku Band is one of the musicians that is responsible for their unique sound and appearance. They have released 19 albums and performed at more than 500 concerts on their 13 national tours.
He has won a number of prestigious awards, including the festival's award the classical guitar in the town of Gotse Delchev, an award at the festival in Czechoslovakia Corner People. Pancho Vladigerov teaches guitar at the National Music Academy, Sofia.
Tzvetan Nedyalkov has played with many international groups such as: Manhattan Transfer, Mezzoforte, Incognito, Zuchero and Planet X.
At the moment he is teaching jazz and pop guitar at the National Music Academy: Pancho Vladigerov in Sofia.
Nikolay Lyudmilov Mihaylov was born on 2 July 1988 in Pleven. He began learning to play the guitar when he was fourteen – firstly he attended Lubomir Anov’s classes and then Alexander Pumpalov’s. In 2012 he graduated from the National Academy of Music “Prof. Pantcho Vladigerov” – Sofia, in Rosen Balkanski’s guitar class.
During his education he founded many formations with which he’s won many prizes::
1st prize in “Author-composer” category at the Cled’or International Competition in Plovdiv with the band Threemystic (2006);
1st prize in “Chamber music” category at the Acad. Marin Goleminov International Competition for classical guitar in Kyustendil with guitar duo NOI (2011);
2nd prize in “Chamber music” category at the Acad. Marin Goleminov International Competition for classical guitar in Kyustendil with the guitar quartet to the National Academy of Music “Prof. Pantcho Vladigerov” – Sofia (2012);
3rd prize at the Acad. Marin Goleminov International Competition for classical guitar in Kyustendil (2012, 2013).
His film music and sound design activities, reflected in a number of short films, bring him international participation and awards: Seventh International Short Film Festival "In the Palace" - Balchik; Jameson Short Film Festival (2011); 13th NBU Film Festival in Sofia and others.
Since 2011 he has been a teacher of classical guitar, chamber music and musical ensembles at the National School of Arts "Panayot Pipkov" - Pleven.
In 2014, Nikolai Mihailov was awarded by Pleven Municipality for exceptional merits in the field of art. In 2015 he was awarded a diploma for the development of guitar art and a prize for the development of culture in Bulgaria.
He was born in Silistra on 08.06.1972.
His music career started unoficially when he was in the 7th grade. Inspired by the music of Accept, Manowar, Iron Maiden, and Metallica, he formed his first band together with some friends at the Youth Home - Silistra. First, he had played bass, but soon replaced it with a guitar.
A number of concerts in his hometown had followed and of course - the first original songs of the band. But after graduating high school, the boys separated. He moved to Varna where he had his first professional engagements. He even used to work abroad with various musicians.
He is currently playing in the Bulgarian musical band Fandango.
Musical influences: Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Van Halen, etc.
Darko Bageski is born 1981 in Skopje. He started his education in music (primary and part of his secondary education) as a student in the DMBUC (State Music and Ballet Educational Centre) Ilija Nikolovski Luj (Skopje) in professor Jane Penov’s class.
Further on he graduates from his secondary school "Pavao Markovac" in Zagreb (Croatia) in professor Xhevdet Sahatxhija’s class. He continues his higher education at The Liszt School of Music in Weimar (Germany) in professor Christiane Schpanoff’s class, and graduates within professor Jurgen Rost’s class. Consequent to this he enrolls for his three-year post graduation studies at the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki (Greece) in professor Gerhard Reichenbach’s class. He finish his master exam in professor Costas Cotsiolis’s class.
In the course of his education he has participated in numerous professional masterclasses by eminent professors and pedagogues of classical guitar: Pavel Steidel (Chech Republic), Thomas Miller Pering (Germany), Laura Young (Canada), Zoran Dukic (Croatia), Aniello Desiderio (Italy), Nikita Koshkin (Russia), Ernesto Bitetti (Argentina), Carlo Marchione (Italy), Oddair Assad (Brasil), Zoran Anic ( Serbia), Zoran Krajishnik (Serbia).
He has also attended lectures in world music taught by professor Thomas Fellow (Germany) and lectures in methodics of acoustic guitar taught by professor Monica Rost (Germany).
He has had many soloist concerts and performances in Macedonia, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Germany, Italy, Greece, Sweden, Taiwan and USA, having performed both as a soloist in many chamber orchestras, and with the Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra.
He currently works as à full time guitar professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts-Music in Skopje. He is also Art Director of TREMOLO Guitar Festival in Skopje, founder of Summer Guitar Academy in Ohrid, and president of Macedonian Classical Guitar Community.
Veselin Koychev comes from Plovdiv and is the leader of the jazz formation "White, Green and Red". He composes jazz, pop, classical and theatrical music, makes arrangements and orchestrations of folk music and other genres.
During his long career he has performed with the biggest names in Bulgarian jazz and many of the worlds’ famous jazz musicians.
He teaches guitar at the University of Plovdiv and at the Academy of Music, Dance and Arts.
Borche Naumoski graduated from the Faculty of Music, Ss Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, classical guitar study programme, in the class of Professor Vojislav Ivanovikj in 2006. After his graduation, he entered the second cycle of studies under the mentorship of Professor Srgjan Toshikj at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, University of Belgrade. He defended his master thesis on guitar performance in 2010, thus obtaining the professional title Master in Guitar Performance.
His successful career in guitar performance entails a number of solo concerts recitals and performances in the Republic of Macedonia, Republic of Serbia, Republic of Slovenia, Republic of Bulgaria and USA.
His repertoire comprises of pieces composed over different periods, starting from the renaissance up to the twentieth century. Mr Naumoski works as a pedagogue with pupils and students. He is a Docent at the Faculty of Music, Ss Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, teaching Guitar, Chamber Music and Guitar Literature. He is also a guitar teacher at DMBUC Ilija Nikolovski - Luj in Skopje.
George Harizanov is a guitarist, composer and educator. He studied jazz guitar (Concordia University, Montreal), composition (University of Victoria) and musicology (Bulgarian Academy of Science, Institute of Art Studies). As a guitarist he has worked and recorded with some of the finest Canadian and Bulgarian jazz musicians such as Mike Pinsonneault (flute/ alto sax), Dave Turner (alto sax), Christopher Smith (trombone), Guy Thouan (drums), Jim Doxas (drums), Aron Doyle (trumpet), Hristo Yotsov (drums), Dimitar Semov (drums) and Velislav Stoyanov – Bago (bass) among others.
After his return to Bulgaria he worked on projects with Velislav Stoyanov - Bago (double bass), Ventsi Blagoev (trumpet), Hristo Yotsov (drums), Dimitar Semov (drums) and others.
Peter Koychev was born in Plovdiv. He had graduated from the Plovdiv University "Paisii Hilendarski' and then he specialized playing jazz guitar in the Conservatory of Music 'Giuseppe Tartini' in Trieste, Italy.
The musical interests of Peter are in different genres: jazz, pop, rock, Bulgarian folklore.
He participated in various creative projects as he collaborated with a number of Bulgarian musicians. He has played on the stages of plenty of music festivals in the country, such as: Perelik Eco Jazz Festival, Jazz Forum Stara Zagora, Plovdiv Jazz Fest, 'Valley of the Thracian Rulers', Kazanlak, Haskovo Jazz Festival, the International Festival 'new Bulgarian music for guitar' and Kapana Fest in Plovdiv, the International Guitar Festival in Sliven, the Jazz Festival Dimitrovgrad.
He took part in the performances of the State Opera Plovdiv and the State Opera Stara Zagora.
Currently he is a teacher in playing electric guitar in the Academy of Music, Dance and Fine arts in Plovdiv and the University of Plovdiv 'Paisii Hilendarski'.
Biser Ivanov is a guitarist and composer, who is involved in a number of musical projects at home and abroad. He began studying classical guitar in his hometown Byala Slatina, in the class of Tsanko Bozaynikov. He has worked with famous persons such as: Lucy Diakovska, Lili Ivanova, Vasko Vassilev, Zvezdi Keremedchiev, Allegro, Bobby Kimball(the former vocalist of Toto), Ishtar.
At the present time, he is a part of the band of Veselin Marinov and Lucy Diakovska.
Boyan Doychev was born on July 5, 1988 in the city of Varna.
First musical steps in the primary school "Marin Drinov" in the guitar class of Stanimir Dikov. In 2006 he graduated from the Dobri Hristov National Music School (Varna) in the guitar class of Lyuben Haralambiev, Sevdalin Stefanov and Nelly Nedeva. In 2013 he graduated from the National Music Academy "Pancho Vladigerov" (Sofia) in the guitar class of Rosen Balkanski.
Winner of international awards, including:
2014 - Guitar Competition "Transylvania" (Romania) - Second Prize (first not awarded)
2014 - Sinaia Guitar Competition (Romania) - Special Award
2014 - Guitar competition "Nis" (Serbia) - Grand Prize
2014 - Guitar competition "Terra Siculorum" (Romania) - Second Prize
2013 - Guitar competition "Tremolo" (Macedonia) - First Prize
2013 - Guitar competition "Terra Siculorum" (Romania) - Third Prize
2013 - Guitar competition "Marin Goleminov" (Kyustendil) - Grand Prize
2013 - Guitar Competition "Edward Pamfil" (Bucharest) - First Prize
2012 - Edward Pamphil Guitar Competition (Bucharest) - Second Prize
2011 - Music Competition "Young Virtuosos" (Sofia) - Third Prize
In recent years, Banda Del Padre has established itself as a group with an individual style and a constant search for different musical cultures, whose new "reading" becomes a kind of journey into the world of music. The experimental spirit of the musicians is a major driver for their collaboration with over fifty guest artists from around the world and their establishment in the field of fusion. Their debut album is called "RUBI", which was released in early 2013. More than twenty musicians from ten different countries take part in the "RUBI" recordings, and the single of the same name is with the participation of our native music star Polly Genova. Shortly after the official appearance of "RUBI", the single reached first place in the ranking "Our 20" on BG radio and third place in Bulgarian Singles Top 40.
To date, Banda Del Padre boasts a rich stage biography in various international and Bulgarian festivals - Arts Festival "Apollonia", international jazz festival "A to Jazz", Perelik Eco Jazz Festival "The Sound of Silence", Sofia Fusion Fest and others.
Banda Del Padre's main impetus for establishing their unique handwriting in mixing flamenco rhythms with Bulgarian folklore motifs is given by Neshka Robeva, who assigns to the group the musical arrangement of the performance "Carmen" by the Faculty.
Fusion Magic is a music project created by five prominent Bulgarian musicians: Petar Koychev - guitar, Lyubomir Tolumbadbiev - violin, Nedyalko Nedyalkov - flute, Hristo Minchev - bass, Stu Ivanov - drums. The group presents original plays and folk songs, arranged through the harmonious and rhythmic techniques of jazz and rock fusion. The formation interprets the Bulgarian musical folklore, updated in an attractive way to be more accessible to the general public.
Nedyalko Nedyalkov is a virtuoso kaval player, winner of the Grammy Award. plays in the folk music orchestra on the national radio, teaches flute and Balkan music in various forums at home and abroad.
Petar Koychev is a jazz guitarist who has played at a number of festivals in Bulgaria and abroad, teaches guitar at the Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts "Prof. Asen Diamandiev" - Plovdiv.
Lyubomir Tolumbadzhiev is a violinist who performs in various genres - folklore, jazz, classical, country and others. He works in a symphony orchestra - Pazardzhik, plays in folk and jazz formations.
Hristo Minchev is a participant in many different blues, jazz and pop projects. He has played with many of the most popular Bulgarian jazz musicians. He is currently a teacher of bass guitar and double bass at the Paisii Hilendarski University of Plovdiv.
Stu Ivanov is a drummer and composer who plays in jazz, pop, world, folklore styles. He is currently involved in many bands, is known to the public for his constant experiments and the search for new paths in music.
Groove Lines Project is a Varna fusion, blues, jazz-rock, funk trio created in early 2018. by Georgi Harizanov (guitar), Borislav Borisov (bass) and Plamen Peev (drums). The band plays mostly original music by Georgi Harizanov. In March 2019, the trio's debut album - Groove Lines Project.
In its short history, the band performs club and festival concerts in Varna (Varna Live Club, Retro Club Varna), Ruse (Max Club Ruse), Burgas (Alive Bar Burgas) and Veliko Tarnovo (Melon Live Music Club) in front of an audience for which, among the author's plays, sound and fusion standards such as The Chicken (Jaco Pastorius), Stratus (Billy Cobham), Chameleon (Herbie Hancock), Bright Size Life (Pat Metheny).
Georgi Harizanov is a guitarist, composer and pedagogue. He studied jazz guitar and composition in Canada, where he works with a number of jazz and fusion oriented projects side by side with established American and Canadian musicians including Mike Pinsonneault (flute / saxophone), Dave Turner (saxophone), Christopher Smith (trombone), Aron Doyle (trumpet), Jim Doxas (drums), Guy Thouan (percussion), Adrian Vedadi (double bass). After his return to Bulgaria he worked on projects with Velislav Stoyanov - Bago (double bass), Ventsi Blagoev (trumpet), Hristo Yotsov (drums), Dimitar Semov (drums) and others.
Borislav Borisov is a bassist who worked on the club scene with various groups until the mid-1990s, Formation 68, with Krassimir Iliev (guitar), Hristo Arabov (drums), etc., after which he took a creative break until 2018 when he joined the Groove Lines Project.
Plamen Peev is a drummer / percussionist known on the club stage for his participation in various JazzOn ’projects. to Fandango, Django Ze and Persona non grata. He has played with musicians such as Todor Todorov - Kashkavala (piano), Hari Sargsyan (guitar), Velislav Stoyanov - Bago (double bass), YaYa (saxophone / clarinet) and others.
Sevdalin Zdravkov Stefanov was born on November 1, 1972 in the town of Dobrich. He started playing the guitar in 1981. After that he studied successively with Trendafil Mihailov from 1983 to 1985 in the town of Kavarna; with Valentin Valchev from 1985 to 1990 in Dobrich and with Lyuben Haralambiev from 1990 to 1992 in the city of Varna.
In the period 1992-1996 he was a student at the Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts in Plovdiv in the guitar class of Georgi Tsonev. He specialized in the same academy in 2001 and 2012. As a student he actively participated in various musical formations. In 1994 he created a guitar quartet, with which he gave successful concerts in the country. At his request, Assoc. Prof. Ivan Dimov wrote "Concertino for Guitar Quartet and Orchestra". The work was performed for the first time in 1997 on Bulgarian National Television on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the composer.
In the period 1996-2000 Sevdalin Stefanov was a guitar teacher at the school at NSI "Dobri Hristov", National Chitalishte "Otets Paisiy" and Youth Home "Orbita" in Varna.
From 2000 to 2005 he worked as a musician in Greenland, Monaco, France, Italy, Greece, the United Arab Emirates, the Caribbean and others.
Since 2005 he has been a guitar teacher at the National School of Arts "Dobri Hristov" - Varna, and since 2010. is the head of the Classical Guitar Department at the same school. Participates as a jury in national and international guitar festivals and competitions.
In 2010 he edited and published a collection of guitar "Romance of Memory" with plays by Lyuben Haralambiev, in connection with the 80th anniversary of the famous teacher. In 2011 he published "Concertino for guitar quartet and orchestra" by Ivan Dimov; 2012 "Classical guitar in Varna" - first and second edition; 2013 "Guitar Pieces" by Georgi Harizanov; 2015 "Musical moods" - guitar pieces by Nikolay Yordanov; 2017 third revised edition of "Classical Guitar in Varna" and the methodology "Let's play guitar" - Part III (co-authored with Milena Valcheva); 2020 "Favorite Etudes and Whims for the Guitar".
Sevdalin Stefanov is chairman of the Association "Friends of the Classical Guitar" and one of the organizers of the traditional music festival "Days of the classical guitar" in Varna.
Fandango is a Bulgarian rock band formed in 1998 in the city of Burgas. Their debut album entitled "Fandango" was released in 2000. With it in 2001 they won a statuette for the debut of the Music Awards of "Forte - The Bulgarian Top 50". One of the undisputed hits of the group is "A Moment of a Fairy Tale", which remains for a record seven weeks in first place in the "Bulgarian Top 50". In 2002 they released their second album - "Earth Angel". It contains 10 songs plus a remix of the pilot single "Vacation".
After a 10-year lull in March 2014, Fandango released their third album, As Before. which is very well received and has been nominated for the BG album of the "Annual Music Awards of BG Radio 2015". In 2018 the song "A Moment of a Fairy Tale" enters the music textbooks for 9th grade.
Hristo Stefanov - vocals, bass guitar
Yordan Yordanov - guitar, vocals
Detelin Yosifov - guitar, vocals
Simeon Popov - drums