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lunes, 1 de octubre de 2018

Hristo Vitchev Quartet • Familiar Fields



Editorial Reviews
Hristo Vitchev is a modern jazz guitarist and composer from Sofia, Bulgaria. Now residing in the San Francisco Bay Area, Hristo leads his modern jazz quartet which features the Latin Grammy-nominated pianist Weber Iago, drummer extraordinaire Joe De Rose, and virtuoso bassist Dan Robbins. Hristo has toured nationally and internationally with a wide variety of formations and has also performed guitar clinics in Europe and Japan. He has written more than 270 original compositions, many articles on jazz improvisation, and a book on chordal theory and construction entitled Between the Voicings: A New Approach to Chord Building for Guitarists. The Hristo Vitchev Quartet's 2009 debut album, Song for Messambria (First Orbit Sounds Music) quickly received outstanding reviews by the international jazz community and was selected as one of the six best jazz albums of 2009 by E-JAZZ NEWS.

As jazz critic Edward Blanco describes, "Vitchev is the newest guitarist to enter the national jazz scene and does so with a stunner of a recording in Song for Messambria, one of the finest debut albums I've had the pleasure of appraising this year."

The record presents a unique blend of ECM-style modern jazz, classical, and Brazilian tone textures, and showcases the completely unique and masterful interpretation of the jazz idiom by each one of its members. In late 2009, Hristo Vitchev released his second studio album featuring Latin Grammy-nominated pianist Weber Iago. The Secrets of an Angel is an impressionistic landscape painted by the delightful and graceful conversation between the two instruments (guitar/piano).

As jazz critic Brad Walseth describes, "On the heels of his impressive debut recording, Song for Messambria, guitarist Hristo Vitchev returns along with pianist Weber Iago for a wonderful guitar/piano duet recording - The Secrets of an Angel...while the gentle title track shimmers like a glistening iceberg on a cold sea. The delightful two-part `The Last Pirate' is a highlight - brilliantly showcasing the exciting romantic bend inherent in Vitchev's music, while the nostalgic lullaby "Leka Nosht (Good Night)" recalls a faraway youth and rounds out this fine release."

In 2010 Hristo Vitchev wrote a large scale jazz work (The Perperikon Suite) especially to be premiered at the 53rd Monterey Jazz Festival. This 7 movements jazz suite is inspired by the ancient Thracian city on Perperikon (located on the territory of Bulgaria), and combines orchestral, classical, jazz, and fusion elements depicting the history and mystery of this enchanting place. For the recording of this project the Hristo Vitchev Quartet was joined by virtuoso vibraphonist and multi-instrumentalist Christian Tamburr.

On top of leading his own quartet, quintet, and duo projects, Hristo Vitchev also co-writes and plays guitar with Joe De Rose and Amici - an energetic jazz/fusion formation lead by drummer Joe De Rose. Their debut record Sounds for the Soul (First Orbit Sounds Music) was released in late January 2010 and it is already gaining critical acclaim on the international scene.

Hristo Vitchev has appeared on countless radio shows including the Bay Area's KCSM, KRML, and KKUP, and Jazz FM 104 in Sofia, Bulgaria. Hristo has also performed in world-class jazz venues and festivals including Yoshi's Jazz Club (Oakland, CA), Anthology (San Diego, CA), The Herbst Theater (San Francisco, CA) as well as major jazz festivals including the 53rd Monterey Jazz Festival (Monterey, CA), 2009 and 2010 AT&T San Jose Jazz Festival (San Jose, CA), 2010 Redwood City "Jazz on Main" (Redwood City, CA), Okazaki Jazz Festival (Okazaki, Japan) and many more.

Hristo Vitchev- guitar
Weber Iago - piano
Dan Robbins - bass;
Mike Shannon - drums


 Amazon ...


1. Ballad for the Fallen
2. Wounded By a Poisoned Arrow
3. The Prophet's Daughter
4. They Are No More
5. Familiar Fields, Pt. 1
6. Familiar Fields, Pt. 2
7. The Mask of Agamemnon
8. The Fifth Season
9. Willing to Live


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