EJC 2022 FRINGE programme

Thursday 22 September, 23:00 - at OZONE - Sofia Grand Hotel rooftop bar
Hristiyan Georgiev - kaval, vocals, melodica, keys
Georgi “Horhe” Marinov - didgeridoos, gayda
Stefan Tzekov - drums
Ivan “Popa” Gospodinov - vocals
Diyana Vassileva - vocals
Asya Pincheva - vocals

Oratnitza are six young Bulgarian musicians who share a love for both folklore and contemporary genres, ranging from clubby bass music to jazz. They hence call their unique sound “ETHNOBASS”. Ever since their birth Oratnitza has been driven by their curiosity to find out what lies beyond the musical status quo.

Thursday 22 September, 24.00 - at OZONE - Sofia Grand Hotel rooftop bar
Desy and The Visual Madmen
Desislava Andonova - vocals
Bojidar Vasilev - trombone, synths/programing
Vassil Voutev - drums
Dimitar Gorchakov - piano
George Donchev - double bass

Late 2018 Desy gathered a group of particular musicians she wanted to work with for developing and recording her musical ideas for her first solo album (released end of 2019). Later on they chose 'Desy & The Visual Madmen" name for the band.

Friday 23 September, 23:30 - at OZONE - Sofia Grand Hotel rooftop bar
Ateshghan Yuseinov - guitar
Alexander Deyanov aka SkilleR - beatboxing
Radoslav Slavchev Riverman - bass

Tryplet is a band of virtuosic musicians who work creatively and openly with jazz at a very high level. With very long experiences starting from the Bulgarian wedding to the big world stages, these musicians present a music that is open in all directions. Improvising and at the same time very groovy, they always provide something new and unexpected at the concerts. One very dynamic and imaginaire journey for the audience.

Friday 23 September, 24:30 - at OZONE - Sofia Grand Hotel rooftop bar
The essential FUNK trombone
Velislav Stoyanov - trombone, band leader
Ivan Jordanov - saxophone
Aleksander Vasev - keyboard
Dimitar Blagoev - guitar
Daniele Febbo - bass guitar
Viktor Viktorov - drums

Strong individuals, with different creative pursuits, the band members unite from their love of classical funk, with its open improvisational form and show us how it should sound - syncopated rhythms, dense bass, razor-sharp guitar, rhythm with a slightly oriental flavour, and of course a trombone, that sounds more arrogant than ever. During its creation, the band managed to conquer the scenes of the biggest festivals in Bulgaria, captured millions of Chinese hearts within the 13th International Festival of Youth Arts in Beijing and the 9th edition of Qintai Music Festival, and in March 2021 released their first album. At the beginning of 2022 they started to work on their second album.

Saturday 24 September, 23:30 - at OZONE - Sofia Grand Hotel rooftop bar
Noise Linguistix 
Mihail Ivanov Ivanov - double bass
Alexander Sergeev Logozarov - guitar

Noise Linguistix explores the space of the duo setting. Acoustic and electronic chamber sound blended tastefully, speaking the language of modern jazz and various other musical dialects. Their debut album 'Scattered Vibrations' (2021, Optomusic) features some prominent members of the Bulgarian jazz scene on a few tunes. The duo very often appears live accompanied by a special guest.

Saturday 24 September, 24:30 - at OZONE - Sofia Grand Hotel rooftop bar
Ruth Koleva
Ruth Koleva - vocals
Filip Alexandrov - keys
Bogomil Enchev - drums
Svetoslav Nedeltchev - bass

The Bulgarian-born New York City based singer-songwriter isn’t afraid of starting anew. During the early 90s, in the hardship of post-Communist Eastern Europe, Bulgaria underwent extreme financial collapse and so Ruth’s father, who is an Olympian and twice World weightlifting champion left for the Far East to seek new opportunities. Early in her career, she showcased her unique style through gigs at local venues and did a brief stint at the Hollywood Pop Academy. Her debut album RUTH scooped the top prize at the Bulgarian Radio Awards in 2014 and sold thousands of copies in Japan, with hit-making producer Mark Ronson declaring it “amazing”.