Atanas Ourkouzounov Combines Traditional and Contemporary Elements in Fascinating Ways. Joey Lusterman October 1, Strings By Mail Atanas Ourkouzounov | Toccatchenitsa for solo guitar – Composer : Atanas Ourkouzounov Model: DO Instrumentation: Solo Guitar Level. Strings By Mail Atanas Ourkouzounov | Tanzologia for cello and guitar – Level: 4 Number of Pages: 24, plus separated parts Instrumentation: Chamber Music.

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Did you grow up in a family of musicians, or how did you get to know this tradition? Eventually it resembles the process of composing. Another project for next year is to record my guitar concertos in Denmark, together with my engineer Leif Hesselberg. I think it feels natural to play this music on the guitar, and I actually think so ourkohzounov general when it comes to traditional music from different parts of the world. The use of microtones?

Atanas Ourkouzounov performs widely as soloist and with the Japanese flautist Mie Ogura. Atanas Ourkouzounov – Guitar.

That is the reason for this influence still being so strong. So I pick up my guitar in order to try out something, or I go deeply into my own imagination to intensely figure out what a musical idea might sound like. There are several Bulgarian musicians who create an exciting fusion of traditional music and jazz, and that inspires me a lot. Kutchiika titcha pred dramuliika Bulgaria.

There were no musicians in my family, but in Bulgaria the folk music is very much alive and present in everyday life. I have had the pleasure of hearing some of your performances together with the flutist Mie Ogura, and the interplay between the two of atansa is really astonishing.


When it aranas to conductors, I often listen to the interpretations of Carlos Ourkuozounov.

Atanas Ourkouzounov | Tanzologia for cello and guitar

As a guitarist you have a dazzling technique, making it possible atahas you to perform highly intricate and difficult passages while still maintaining the expressive content. It is like watching a movie where you are the one creating the storyline, and atansa course you want to know how it all ends!

I am very fond of Indian music and its underlying life philosophy that regards existence as a huge interconnected network; an approach that is ourkouaounov appealing to me.

Atanas Ourkouzounov grew up in Sofia, Bulgaria, where he began guitar studies with Dimitar Doitchinov. I would especially like to mention the clarinet-player Ivo Papazov, ourkkouzounov Thedosii Spassov, who plays kaval [a traditional wooden flute]. Apart from all this composing and performing, Ourkouzounov also teaches constantly, including at the Conservatoire Maurice Ravel in Paris.

He is an excellent and smart musician, with the stamina and drive to put his soul into the work until he has done his very best.

The rhythms and the uneven time-signatures? He also studied theory, music ethnology, improvisation, and chamber music.

ourkozuounov I also often tune the third and sixth strings one half-tone down. Melodies rapidly winding through flickering semitone-vegetation.

The two of you are creating something fresh, making a new piece of music, while the melody still remains. I think that everything in existence is related to the creative process: Has your own music forced you to keep expanding your technical capacity? I cannot fully explain how I get my ideas. He studied guitar, chamber music, analysis, ethnomusicology and improvisation at the Paris Conservatory and graduated in with unanimous vote the first prize in guitar.


You have composed so much, made several recordings, and also tour a lot. But I do use different kinds of alternative tunings. You seem to have a never-ending source of inspiration at hand! What I do know for certain is that I really want and need to write music often.

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He also writes about music, focusing mainly on contemporary music for classical guitar. About Search Contact Sign In. My own arrangements are mainly from the classical domain, with pieces from such composers as Bartok, Debussy, and Ligeti. This music is so well-written and perfect when it comes to structure and balance that nothing needs to be changed or added.

Atanas Ourkouzounov

Yes, my technique is grounded in the music I write. Na ti mome dzivri Bulgaria.

I soon give up the desire to understand what time-signature is present, and surrender and tag along on the journey.