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Rhythmic Movement

by Tania Stavreva

This Billboard Classical Top 10 Album features multi award winning "Bulgarian-born piano dynamo" (TimeOut NY) Tania Stavreva & 2 time Grammy Award winning drummer Will Calhoun (Living Colour), produced by legend Ron Saint Germain
Genre: Classical: Piano solo
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1. Rhythmic Movement
1:29 $1.29
2. Ratchenitza
1:22 $1.29
3. Mouvement Rythmique
2:05 $1.29
4. Danza Del Viejo Boyero
1:19 $1.29
5. Danza De La Moza Donosa
3:29 $1.29
6. Danza Del Gaucho Matrero
3:10 $1.29
7. Ruvido Ed Ostinato
2:59 $1.29
8. Jazz Concert Etude Prelude
2:13 $1.29
9. Jazz Concert Etude Toccatina
2:37 $1.29
10. The Dark Side of the Sun
1:42 $1.29
11. White Lies for Lomax
6:37 $1.29
12. Dilmano, Dilbero (Original Vocal Theme)
0:17 $0.99
13. Dilmano, Dilbero (Variations on a Bulgarian Folk Song)
11:19 $2.99
14. Ritmico Y Distorsionado (feat. Will Calhoun)
3:21 $1.29
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Album Notes
RHYTHMIC MOVEMENT - A Classical Album With A Modern Edge!
Piano works by: Alberto Ginastera, Mason Bates, Nikolai Kapustin, Pancho & Alexander Vladigerov, Tania Stavreva

On Billboard Classical Top 10 (#8)!

- featuring Tania Stavreva, Piano
- with guest artist and two time Grammy Award winning drummer Will Calhoun (Living Color, B.B. King)
- produced by the Legendary, Ron Saint Germain, who has earned over 75 Gold and Platinum Disc awards including four “Diamond Platinum" (10 million +) with sales approaching a quarter of a billion units and whose work has appeared on 19 Grammy nominations with 14 wins for various artists he has worked with: (Jimi Hendrix, Muse, U2, Soundgarden, Whitney, Aretha, Diana, Michael, Nels Cline, McCoy Tyner and many others)

Bulgarian-born and New York based artist, Tania Stavreva, was born into a musical family and began piano studies at the age of four. She was trained in old school music traditions giving her a strong foundation. She grew up listening mainly to Oistrakh, Richter, Horowitz, Gilels, Heifetz, Rubinstein, Weissenberg, Karajan, Mravinsky, Callas, etc. She also listened to The Beatles, Queen, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Aretha Franklin, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, etc., discovering in the
USA that jazz, rock 'n’ roll and experimental styles influenced her contemporary classical style.

Rhythmic Movement is Tania Stavreva’s official debut album, released on January 7th, 2017. Although a classical album, it is very modern with a jazzy flavor. The album includes works written by composers from three continents and Stavreva. The music on the album has a lot of excitement and rhythmic, melodic and dynamic energy, which gives it a very youthful feel, reflecting Stavreva’s spirit, current state of mind and where she is in her life as an artist in the present moment. That’s why Rhythmic Movement is like a power of bright colors that dance with the music and bring joy, excitement and positive energy. Stavreva currently likes surrounding herself with music that brings this into her life and that by performing the music - she can give this to people…to her audience.

Music critics have enthusiastically embraced Stavreva, describing her as "exceptional, entrancing, fun!”, "a fully formed and fearsomely talented pianist", "bold, dynamic, magnificent", “a piano dynamo”, “a very unique pianist, combining genuine quality with a refreshing approach to programing with superior technical abilities”. She is recognized as one of the most versatile young artists of her generation, renowned internationally for “having some of the most precise fingering of any of the twenty-something generation of pianists, bar none.”

Making her New York recital at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 2009, she returned to Carnegie Hall in 2016, this time on the main stage, Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, where she gave the world premiere of "The Caged Bird Sings" by Mason Bates. She has performed at many other prestigious venues including Lincoln Center, Kaufman Center, Consulate General of the Republic of Bulgaria in New York, as well as the Grammy Museum Theater, Clive Davis
Auditorium in L.A., Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Sanders Theater at Harvard University and the French Cultural Center in Boston, The Koerner Hall at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada, The National Ethnographic Museum in Bulgaria, Radio Plovdiv - Bulgarian National Radio Concert Hall, Cathedral San Lorenzo & Sala dei Notari in Italy, 1901 Arts Club in London, and the Ruinekerk in the Netherlands to name a few. In 2013 her sold out Chicago recital debut was featured live on WFMT 98.7 at the Chicago Cultural Center. She has been featured on New York 1 News, ABC7, BBC Music Magazine, Keyboard Magazine, KUSC 91.5, and Musical America. She was invited to perform at the Miles Davis/Edith Piaf Commemorative USPS Stamp Dedication Ceremony at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York, where she was featured on CNN Television and shared the stage with the legendary bassist Ron Carter, the Miles Davis Family, Grammy-award winning songwriter Mike Stoller and legendary music producer George Avakian (Columbia Records). For more detailed bio visit: www.taniastavreva.com

More About Rhythmic Movement:

1. Rhythmic Movement (Tania Stavreva): Composed for the Onomatopoeia Theater Company’s off-off Broadway show, “The Tempest” a modern adaptation of Caliban’s theme.

2. Ratchenitza (Pancho Vladigerov, 1934) (b) - written by one of Bulgaria's greatest composers. Ratchenitza is a traditional Bulgarian folk dance usually performed in 7/8 or 7/16.

3. Mouvement Rythmique (Rhythmic Movement, Pancho Vladigerov, 1942) (b): Composed in a Bulgarian asymmetrical rhythm of 9/8 (2+2+2+3) as part of P. Vladigerov's piano album 'Aquarelles', Op. 37.

4. -6. Danzas Argentinas Op. 2, (Argentine Dances, Alberto Ginastera, 1937) (b): A set of three solo piano pieces. Ginastera often uses Argentinian folk melodies and rhythms as composers, Pancho and Alexander Vladigerov use Bulgarian folk influences and rhythms in their music. Stavreva lists the titles as originally written by the composer:
Danza del Viejo Boyero (Dance of the Old Herdsman),
Danza de la Moza Donosa (Dance of the Beautiful Maiden), and
Danza del Gaucho Matrero (Dance of the Arrogant Cowboy).

7. Ruvido ed Ostinato (Rough and Ostinato, by A. Ginastera, 1952) (b): The fourth movement from Piano Sonata No.1, Op. 22. Stavreva only included this movement in order to continue building the rhythmic drive and intensity prominent in the beginning of the album. In this piece she says she feels a shared rock 'n’ roll type of energy; a natural connection between that style and modern classical music.

8. -9. Jazz Concert Etudes, 'Prelude' and 'Toccatina' (Nikolai Kapustin, 1984): Stavreva is thinking of Kapustin as the Russian Gershwin - as he was both a jazz and classical pianist and much of his classical music exudes a “jazzy” edge. Stavreva includes two of his Jazz Concert Etudes that are rhythmic, melodic, virtuosic and pure fun to play.

10. The Dark Side Of The Sun (Tania Stavreva, 2012) (a): On this piece, Stavreva improvises inside the strings (not ‘prepared’) of the piano adding glissandos, string plucking and other string techniques. The atmosphere has a dark, mysterious feel that adds contrast.

11. White Lies for Lomax (Mason Bates, 2009)(d): This piece, commissioned by the Tanglewood Music Center, won the 3rd Van Cliburn, American Composers International Competition in May, 2009. Written as a ‘Blues
Fantasy’ tribute to Alan Lomax, (the renowned ‘ethnomusicologist’ whose early recordings inspired countless blues musicians from Muddy Waters to the Rolling Stones), the feel only seems improvisational. It is an electro-acoustic piano piece where, in the end, Stavreva plays along with the Alan Lomax song, “Dollar Maime”. Invited by Mason Bates himself, this piece performed by Tania was re-released on the composer’s album “Stereo Is King”.

12. Dilmano, Dilbero: Is a popular folk song in Bulgaria. Stavreva sings the theme, giving the listener a reference of the ‘folk song’ source. Like many folk songs, the lyrics come from everyday life: “Dilmano, Dilbero” (a girl’s name), “Tell me how the papers are planted.” (the main lyrics).

13. Dilmano, Dilbero Variations on a Bulgarian Folk Song (Alexander Vladigerov, 1954) (b). Alexander, the son of Pancho Vladigerov, composed this incredible set of nine variations for solo piano around the popular song “Dilmano, Dilbero”. Stavreva plays the entire piece as one track because all the variations are connected to each other.

14. Ritmico y Distorsionado (Ginastera, 1952) (c): Taken from Alberto’s Ruvido ed Ostinato from Sonata No. 1, Op. 22 (same as track #7), but with drummer Will Calhoun improvising. Drums help bring the album to a culmination, concluding its theme and title. It is purposely distorted in certain sections of the piano because Stavreva and her team decided to have fun with the title, calling it Ritmico y Distorsionado (rhythmic and distorted)!



to write a review

Pam Asberry

Passionate, Masterful, Magnificent!
New York based artist Tania Stavreva’s debut release, “Rhythmic Movement,” is a masterpiece. Released on July 7, 2017, it immediately reached the Billboard Classical Top Ten (#8), is the winner of 14 international music awards, and has been praised by critics all over the world. And rightfully so! Born in Bulgaria into a musical family, Stavreva began her musical studies at the age of four. Although she was classically trained as a child, she was later influenced by jazz, rock and experimental style and this is reflected in her work. Produced by the legendary Ron Saint Germain, “Rhythmic Movement” has a fresh, contemporary feel, and demonstrates Stavreva’s prowess and versatility at the piano.

The album opens with an original work, “Rhythmic Movement,” composed for an off-off Broadway production of “The Tempest.” Indeed, Stavreva credits theater with her inspiration to start composing. Like most of the pieces on the album, this piece is percussive, driving and rhythmically complex. Next are two folk dance pieces by the Bulgarian composer Vladigerov, “Ratchenitza” and “Mouvement Rhythmique,”(the French titles a nod to the influence of the French Impressionists on Vladiverov’s music). These are followed by Ginastera’s “Danzas Argentinas,” based on Argentinian folk influences; track 5, the hauntingly beautiful “Dance of the Beautiful Maiden,” is a personal favorite.

Tracks 8 and 9 provide a nice change of pace with the “Jazz Concert Etudes ‘Prelude’ and ‘Toccatina’.” Composed by the Russian composer Kapustin, whom Stavreva refers to as the “Russian Gershwin,” these pieces are rhythmic, melodic, energetic, and a delight to hear. These are followed by “The Dark Side of the Sun,” an original improvisation inside the strings of the piano. Featuring glissandos, the plucking of strings, and other avant-garde performance techniques, the effect is mysterious and crepuscular. “White Lies for Lomax” by Bates is a blues fantasy tribute to Alan Lomax, best known for his field recordings of twentieth century folk music. A musician himself, Lomax is credited with discovering and bringing to a wider audience artists such as Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Burl Ives, Lead Belly, and others. This piece, commissioned by the Tanglewood Music Center, won the third Van Cliburn American Composers International Competition in 2009 and, according to Stavreva, “the feel only seems improvisational.”

“Dilmano, Dilbero” is a popular folk song in Bulgaria and on Track 12 Stavreva sings the theme in order to provide a point of reference to the folk song source of the “Dilmano, Dilbero, Variations on a Bulgarian Folk Song” (Vladigerov) that follow. Performed with virtuosic clarity, this magnificent set of variations for solo piano were a highlight of the album for me.

Track 7 is a Stavreva’s interpretation of the fourth movement of Ginastera’s Piano Sonata No. 1, “Ruvido ed Ostinato,” the basis for the album’s final track, “Ritmico y Distorsionado.” With the addition of guest artist and two-time Grammy award winning drummer Will Calhoun, this track brings the album to a dramatic conclusion, with purposeful distortion of certain sections of the piano and a play on words with the title (“rhythmic and distorted”).

Joyfully passionate and masterfully performed, “Rhythmic Movement” is a stunning artistic achievement. Regardless of your musical preferences, this is an album you don’t want to miss. Most enthusiastically recommended!

Christian Fabian

Holding down a great groove!
It's very unusual to hear a classic musician with such a "deep pocket!". This is a jazz term but it really applies to Tania very well. I was tapping my foot and felt like getting up and moving around while listening to "Rhythmic Movement". How many times does that happen when you listen to classical music? Not too often in my case. Tania is way ahead of her years and displays a maturity which could only be topped of by a Yehudi Menuhin or a Vladimir Horowitz! Mozart always complained in the letters to hi father that the orchestras he was working with don't feel the time the way he felt it. With Tania on the piano this would have not been the case! get this CD! It's the way classical music should be played!

Steve Sheppard

An album that demands to be heard
Tania Stavreva literally bares her musical soul on this her new album entitled Rhythmic Movement, within this 14 part album you will hear passion power and intensity like never before.
The opener, which is also the title track, Rhythmic Movement is described by the artist as the modern adaptation of the Tempest (Caliban’s theme); the tempo here is faster and adds an extra element of power into its overall construction.
Swiftly we now move to a couple of pieces originally composed by Pancho Haralanov Vladigerov, the first being the effervescent Ratchenitza, which is a Bulgarian folk dance and the second a sublime performance of Mouvement Rythmique performed by Stavreva; a wonderfully romantic lilt can be found here that reflects the influence of the French Impressionist age, both technically crafted performances by the artist.
We now find ourselves with three pieces of fascinating piano to listen to Danza Del Viejo Boyero, Danza De La Moza Donosa and Danza Del Gaucho Matrero. These compositions were the brainchild of classical composer Alberto Evaristo Ginastera, who was considered to be one of the most important classical composers of his day, who also used folk melodies to compose from. Here Stavreva is at her fluent best, the focus and intention of her performance on these three pieces is quite breath-taking, on the middle piece, utterly beautiful, and the latter intense powerful and energetic.
We now approach the half way mark of the album, and as we do so we come across the piece Ruvido Ed Ostinato. Here is a composition that really flies, the sheer intense nature of this arrangement is vast and all consuming, it’s fast pace is played in an almost breathless style, and one that will no doubt captivate the fan base of the artist, Tania’s interpretation of this piece is solo piano at its classical best.
There is something of a sea change at this juncture as Stavreva embraces a little Jazzy ethic on the next two compositions, Jazz Concert Etude Prelude and Jazz Concert Etude Toccatina. These would be my favourite pairing from the album and for some reason reminded me of the late but great Keith Emerson in style and performance. The original work came from Russian composer Nikolai Kapustin, whose style was to fuse influences in his compositions, using jazz idioms in formal classical structures. Here Stavreva embraces this moment with a flourishing narrative and performance, one that literally sparkles with an unbridled excitement.
There is always a moment so splendid and exciting, this is the room to which we have walked willingly into now, and above the frame is the title, The Dark Side Of The Sun. Here Stavreva improvises to bring us a short form composition that is dark, moody, and almost sinister and I love it, one that has an eerie emptiness towards the end, allowing the listener to make up their own narrative perhaps.
One of the longest offerings on the release is the artistically clever White Lies for Lomax. This composition was composed by Mason Bates and is a tribute to blues legend Alan Lomax, a man who has inspired such luminaries as the Stones and Muddy Waters in his time. Here Stavreva really manifests something absolutely original in performance, a fusion of improvisation perhaps, but bathed in respect and originality, toward the end you can hear in the background Lomax performing Dollar Maime, while the artist joins in and plays along, this for me is a first, and uniqueness is always good.
On the next track Dilmano, Dilbero (Original Vocal Theme) we hear the artist sing the theme as we are about to enter the long form opus entitled Dilmano, Dilbero (Variations on a Bulgarian Folk Song). It is now we pay reference to the Alexander Vladigerov, son of the aforementioned Pancho Haralanov Vladigerov, who originally wrote this vast work as 9 variations, here the artist connects the dots and plays them all as one piece, this is a true musical narrative to enjoy, it’s like opening your favourite nine chapters of a book and having the soundtrack to go with them. Her performance is flourishing and extremely colourful and at times completely mesmeric, one could easily get lost within this composition.
Will Calhoun now partners Stavreva on drums for an exciting climax entitled Ritmico Y Distorsionado, or rhythmic and distorted, as it has been, this has to be classed as one of the most inventive offerings on the album and simply the perfect way to leave the album, one that sums up the project and concludes the release with a light-hearted fun style.
Rhythmic Movement by Tania Stavreva is a step into the world of classical fusion, it is an album that creates an intense vibe that demands to be listened to, and has a narrative that is utterly addictive, one of the finest performances on piano you’re likely to hear

Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Rhythmic Movement" is the debut album by classical pianist/composer Tania Stavreva. Subtitled “A Classical Album With A Modern Edge,” it consists of fourteen dynamic tracks, two of which are original compositions. Some of the music is from Stavreva’s native Bulgaria, some is from Argentina, and one piece is American. Although all of the music is considered to be classical, Stavreva imbues much of it with a jazzy edge that sometimes suggests a rock influence. Her performance is dazzling, with jaw-dropping technique, precision, and a palette of brilliant tonal colors. In the liner notes of the album, Stavreva describes "Rhythmic Movement": “This album is part of my heart; a reflection of where I am in my life’s journey as an artist. The works included here were written by composers from three continents and to me, these pieces are bursting with passion for life, inspiration and positive energy! This is what I wish to be surrounded by and what I strive to impart to the world through my music!”

Although most of the music is very demanding, Stavreva plays with a lively and passionate spirit, often conveying the feeling of having fun with the material. I was delighted to read that she has been known to play in rock clubs to make classical music more accessible to younger and non-traditional audiences. She has graced many classical music strongholds such as the main stage of Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and Steinway Hall as well as an impressive list of venues around the world. She is currently based in New York.

"Rhythmic Movement" was released in early 2017 and immediately reached the Billboard Classical Top 10 at #8. The album has earned an impressive list of awards and nominations, and very deservedly so. Bursting with energy and with chops to burn, Tania Stavreva just might be able to reignite a bigger interest in classical music - especially with young people.

The album begins with the title track, which Tania Stavreva composed for a musical theater production. It was originally slower and shorter, but evolved into a solo piece with a powerful drive that sets the exciting tone for the album. “Ratchenitza” is a traditional Bulgarian dance composed by Bulgarian composer Pancho Vladigerov. Bright, percussive, and very quick it all but dances out of the music player! “Mouvement Rhythmique” was also composed by Vladigerov, and the title reflects the influence of of the French Impressionists on his earlier work. Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera also has several of his works included on this album. The first is a set of three Argentinian dances, including the elegant and graceful “Danza de la Moza Donosa (Dance of the Beautiful Maiden),” a gorgeous piece that shows a more subdued side to Stavreva’s playing. “Ruvido ed Ostinato (Rough and Ostinato),” also by Ginastera, continues to build on the intensity of the music. Nikolai Kapustin’s two Jazz Concert Etudes, “Prelude” and “Toccatina,” are virtuosic with a catchy rhythm that will intoxicate fans of a wide range of genres - breathtaking! “The Dark Side of the Sun” is the second Stavreva composition, and is improvised on the strings inside the piano. The feeling is dark and mysterious with an ominous sense of dread! “White Lies for Lomax” by American Mason Bates was written as a “Blues Fantasy” tribute to ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax. “Dilmano, Dilbero” features Stavreva singing the theme to a popular Bulgarian folk song followed by Alexander Vladigerov’s (Pancho’s son) set of nine solo piano variations on that theme. With a playing time of almost 11 1/2 minutes, these variations clearly demonstrate the versatility of both the composer and the performer. The last piece on the album, “Ritmico y Distorsionado,” is from Ginastera’s “Ruvido ed Ostinato” and features award-winning Will Calhoun improvising on drums. The duo intentionally distorted certain sections of the piano, hence the change in the title, which translates to “Rhythmic and Distorted.”

"Rhythmic Movement" is an extraordinary debut by an artist I look forward to hearing more from! It you like modern classical music and/or jazz, music with intensity, passion, and spirit and enjoy exploring new artists, be sure to check out "Rhythmic Movement"!

Valerie G.

Exceptional composer and performer!
Tania is a rare and amazing talent and nowhere is this more evident than this CD. Her piano virtuosity skills mesh perfectly with her compositions....and although she lights the piano on fire in every track .. it's classical with a modern twist! She has amassed a highly sought after production team and it shows in the quality of the CD.. highly recommended!

Wouter Kellerman

Virtuosity at its best!
The piano comes alive with every conceivable aspect of rhythm, chord progression, articulation and dynamics! RATCHENITZA features the entire range of the keyboard, from the rumbling bass keys to the crisp, clear treble ones. The finger dexterity is exceptional. I really enjoyed the Danzas – DANZA DEL VIEJO BOYERO is a real treat: its light, staccato nature further punctuated by rhythmic accents, with lovely moments of diminuendo to mark the ends of phrases. The expressive, passionate, swirling harmonies of DANZA DE LA MOZADONOSA, and the slight departure from tonality kept me on my toes. DANZA DEL GAUCHO MATRERO brought me back from my reverie, with its sprightly, fast punchiness. I thoroughly enjoyed the vigorous syncopation. The variations to the folk song DIMANO, DILBERO are stylishly executed – I appreciate having the context of the original vocal theme. The drums add such depth and magnetism in RYTMICO Y DISTORSIONADO, making this duo truly electric. What a rhythmic adventure!