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by Hristo Vitchev & Liubomir Krastev

Modern jazz guitarist/composer Hristo Vitchev and virtuoso clarinetist Liubomir Krastev create a beautiful sonic pairing of the extremely emotional and lyrical Bulgarian folklore and the multidimensional and deeply textured world of modern jazz harmony.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Devoiko Mari Hubava (Beautiful Young Lady)
Hristo Vitchev & Liubomir Krastev
7:03 $0.99
2. Oblache Le Bialo (Little White Cloud)
Hristo Vitchev & Liubomir Krastev
6:50 $0.99
3. Silent Prayer
Hristo Vitchev & Liubomir Krastev
6:04 $0.99
4. Improvisation #1
Hristo Vitchev & Liubomir Krastev
2:05 $0.99
5. Blues for Clever Peter
Hristo Vitchev & Liubomir Krastev
7:55 $0.99
6. Lale Li Si, Zyumbiul Li Si (Are You a Tulip, Are You a Hyacinth)
Hristo Vitchev & Liubomir Krastev
10:23 $0.99
7. Improvisation #2
Hristo Vitchev & Liubomir Krastev
1:09 $0.99
8. Polegnala E Todora (Todora Took a Nap)
Hristo Vitchev & Liubomir Krastev
4:44 $0.99
9. Hubava Si Moia Goro (You Are Beautiful My Forest)
Hristo Vitchev & Liubomir Krastev
7:15 $0.99
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Album Notes
With their "Rhodopa" project, modern jazz guitarist and composer Hristo Vitchev and virtuoso clarinetist Liubomir Krastev create a beautiful sonic pairing of the extremely emotional and lyrical Bulgarian folklore and the multidimensional and deeply textured world of modern jazz harmony. Their self-titled debut album features exciting new arrangements of old Bulgarian folk melodies as well as some new originals by the guitarist. As jazz critic Dan Bilawsky describes: “Hristo Vitchev and Liubomir Krastev cover everything from the mystical to the mournful and the grim to the gleeful on this absorbing duo date.”

"Bulgaria-born, Bay Area-based guitarist Hristo Vitchev, having firmly established himself as a gentle giant in the contemporary jazz scene, seems always willing and able to reinvent himself while holding true to the integrity of his artistry." – ECM REVIEWS

“Vitchev is a master of the creative musical statement and every phrase and line that he plays reeks of innovation. His notes are slender and he casts them in melodies that arch and curve like wonderful and timeless architecture. His lines lope and gambol in dramatic parabolas as they shape the songs he makes so memorable.” - JazzdaGama

"With Rhodopa, guitarist/composer Hristo Vitchev and clarinetist Liubomir Krastev meld musical minds, dive exuberantly into an array of earthy Bulgarian folk material and come up with four hands of beauty. The result is a panoply of aural color, emotion, and technical artistry." - Nick Mondello (All About Jazz)

"You just won’t find a jazz guitarist (on the planet) these days who has such essential communication skills through his fingers. With Liubomir’s reeds, they form a cultural jazz experience that can’t be compared with anything else!" – Dick Metcalf (Improvijazzation Nation Magazine)

"Hristo is now looked upon as one today's finest jazz guitarists around the world. He’s a creative artist with a strong passion and endless originality. His music has magic powers since he can bring listeners’ emotions to a far deeper place that few people ever reach." - Andrea Nardini (The Noodle Chronicle - Shanghai, China)

"Modern jazz guitarist, pianist and composer Hristo Vitchev always refreshes the ear and the soul with his inordinately sensitive, mesmerizing, and beautiful approach to music. He is unique - and artist who explores every avenue of approach to both folk music and jazz and the result is an experience that simply no one else can match." - Grady Harp (

"Hristo Vitchev takes improvisational music to a third dimension of texture you can feel. Rhodopa is my selection for album of the year for 2013. 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. " - Brent Black (

"Hristo boldly departs from the group setting and gives the audience even more of what they crave—soulful arrangements and virtuosity with heart. There is a beauty and an elegance that comes through on each and every one of Hristo Vitchev's recordings. The music he composes, the arrangements he crafts, the musicians that he assembles together and the dignity and reverence of his musicianship speak of the heart of the man and his love of life. " - Travis Rogers (JazzTimes)

"It is a joy to listen to their communication as they unfold the arabesque Bulgarian folk melodies and make them dance and glow with lyricism, but the real scoop of the album is the original ballad "Silent Prayer" where Vitchev also plays piano. The poignant melody is introduced on the piano while the clarinet slowly soars and the delicate texture of Vitchev's guitar is thrown into the mix." - Jakob Baekgaard (All About Jazz)

"At its core, Rhodopa is an intriguing marriage of Krastev’s masterful Bulgarian-influenced clarinet with Vitchev’s jazz chords and Western guitar phrasings. It’s a loose yet sophisticated amalgam that makes for a very relaxing listen. On each tranquil piece, Krastev’s clarinet weaves arabesque Eastern European motifs atop Vitchev’s lyrical acoustic guitars, which serve as the harmonic foundation." - Ed Kopp (JAZZIZ, All About Jazz)

"Vitchev arrangements focus on the lyrical and emotional side of this folklore melody. He, on the acoustic guitar and piano, and Krastev are gifted with warm and gentle sounds and articulate nuanced playing. Both musicians opt for a meditative and slow ambiance, as on the touching, impressionistic "Lale Li Si Zyumbiul Li Si (Are You a Tulip, Are You a Hyacinth)." The interaction is peaceful and reserved, and usually Krastevs' playing colors these melodies with Balkan and East European overtones." - Eyal Hareuveni (All About Jazz)

"Rhodopa is an instrumental serenade of Bulgarian folklore music interpreted by a world-class guitarist and clarinetist. Hristo Vitchev and Liubomir Krastev deliver an enchanting and relaxing escape from reality with a fifty-three minute encounter of soul-reaching music." - Ed Blanco (All About Jazz / WDNA Radio)

"Guitarist/pianist Hristo Vitchev has released some wonderful jazz material, but nothing he’s done previously will prepare you for this one. Here, it’s just him and clarinetist Luibomir Krastev, and they go back into The Great Bulgarian Songbook and come up with material as golden as olive oil and as fragrance as freshly brewed demitasse coffee. Completely unrushed and unashamed, material such as “Little White Cloud” and “Beautiful Young Lady” have an alluring warmth that penetrates your most reflective thoughts. The alluring melodies, themes and submissive interplays on “Are You a Tulip, Are You a Hyacinth” grabs you as if you’re walking arm in arm down a winding village street, greeting the vendors of the local shops and taking in the scents from the local bread, meat and cheese markets. Krastev’s tone is warm and rich, and while he “slums it” with a Bb stick instead of the traditional and more ethnic C, he makes up for the allowance with some luminous long tones. As for Vitchev, he sounds like he was born for this disc, as he goes from foreground to background as if he were in a circle dance, taking the front of the line at just the right time, and slapping his heels with perfect timing and verve. This is one to savor over and over again." - George Harris (Jazz Weekly)

"Guitarist Hristo Vitchev has impressively established his niche in jazz, and music at large. Concentrating on original compositions that are highly impressionistic, Vitchev has created more than a sound, he has created a landscape of sound. Rhodopa is Vitchev's duet recording with clarinetist Liubomir Krastev. The pair's jumping off point are their native Bulgarian folk melodies, presented as if in a dream, light as mist. Krastev's tone is slippery, devoid of any woodiness, except in the lowest of registers. Vitchev allows a bit of Latin guitar into his consciousness, informing his playing with warmth and character. If there is criticism for Vitchev, it is the musical embarrassment of riches he provides regularly." - Michael Bailey (All About Jazz)

"The warm, poetic tunes are like fairy tales in verse. They are imbued with nostalgia, and shimmer with a variety of muted colors and sentiments. Krastev's softly undulating tones waver against Vitchev's vibrating strings in a spiritual celebration of abstract beauty. This thematically unified work is a genre bending, elegant and satisfying opus and a new high for Vitchev who continues to excel himself on each fresh release." - Hrayr Attarian (All About Jazz)



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