Monday, September 16, 2013

Hristo Vitchev / Liubomir Krastev Rhodopa First Orbit 2013

Hristo Vitchev takes improvisational music to a third dimension of texture you can feel.
Brent Black /

Allow me to live on the sonic cyber edge as it is a place that has become like a second home, Rhodopa is my selection for album of the year for 2013. 

English Romantic Poet John Keats...
A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.

Bulgarian guitarist Hristo Vitchev along with clarinet virtuoso Liubomir Krastev have taken simple Bulgarian folk melodies along with two original compositions from Vitchev and have meticulously merged cross cultural melodies with the more traditional form and functionality of the improvisational form we refer to as jazz to create a lyrical tapestry of emotional colors. There is an overriding warmth, a lyrical simplicity brought alive by the harmonic synergy that this most unlikely of duos is able to create from a cultural base many will never know.

To attempt a traditional dry as dust analytical breakdown of what is melodic beauty in a pure and highly accessible form is to over analyze what is simply available for the taking. Vitchev and Krastev complete and compliment the lyrical development of each other. One need not be versed in the cultural of Bulgaria to appreciate the compositions and imaginative arrangements brought forth for each piece, the universal language here is unspoken with the only requirement that you listen. A vibrant and rich tapestry is constructed within each composition with each piece reinforcing the development of the piece that follows.

Critically acclaimed guitar virtuoso Hristo Vitchev started the year with the release of the highly regarded Familiar Fields. With Rhodopa, Vitchev has now assumed his rightful place as a global virtuoso of unrivaled talent and ability. As artistically gifted as he is technically proficient, Hristo Vitchev moves to the head of the pack with this stellar outing.

Tracks Devoiko Mart Hubava; Oblache Le Bialo; Silent Prayer; Improvasation #1; Blues for Clever Peter; Lale Li Si Zyumbiul Li Si; Improvisation #2; Polegnala e Todora; Hubava Si Moia Goro.
Personnel: Hristo Vitchev: Guitar / Piano
Liubomir Krastec: Clarinet