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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Atanas Ourkouzounov | Tanzologia for cello and guitar

I remember what it was like when I started playing the guitar—pretty quickly I found it boring to practice all of those classical ouurkouzounov, tremolos, and the like. Rhythms tossing and springing to and fro. Again, movement, kaleidoscopic whirling, loss of gravity. Atanas Ourkouzounov grew up in Sofia, Bulgaria, where he began guitar studies with Dimitar Doitchinov.

Has your own music forced you to keep expanding your technical capacity? Sometimes it happens with the guitar, sometimes not; it might happen in front of a computer or with pen and paper.


Atanas Ourkouzounov – Guitar. If you have ever encountered the dance music of the Balkans, with its frequent use of uneven time-signatures, or the sometimes harsh and other-worldly beautiful harmonies of the singular Bulgarian female choruses whose singing has fascinated so many of us, you may feel partly at home with the tonal language and rhythms Ourkouzounov frequently employs.

My own arrangements are mainly from the classical domain, with pieces from such composers as Bartok, Debussy, and Ligeti. Folk music of Bulgaria is apparently of great importance to you. He also studied theory, music ethnology, improvisation, and chamber music. And right now I am also working on my fifth sonata for guitar. Several internationally recognized performers have played his works.


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I have no rules about how the work should go ahead. I also often tune the third and sixth strings one half-tone down. The bases are the rhythms and the different modal scales that we use in this part of the world. What is the basis of your harmonic thinking and your use of polyphony?

Ourkouzounov grew up in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. And so is the variety—ranging from your own original compositions to arrangements of popular music. Melodies rapidly winding through flickering semitone-vegetation. There are several Bulgarian musicians who create ouekouzounov exciting fusion of traditional music and jazz, and that inspires me a lot.

In addition to eight CDs on which Ourkouzounov plays, more ourkouzkunov 60 CDs of his music performed by others are currently available. Atanas Ourkouzounov performs widely as soloist and with the Japanese flautist Mie Ogura.

Mie and I have several concerts coming up, and we also have a plan to make a new album of entirely Bulgarian music. This music is so well-written and perfect when it comes to structure and balance that nothing needs to be changed or added.

He offered them food and alcohol, so they went on playing ztanas hours and hours. Ourkouzounov has written over works for guitar-solos, duos, trios, quartets, instrumental ojrkouzounov, and four concerti-a number of which have won important prizes, and a majority of which have been published by leading publishers Doberman-Yppan, Henry Lemoine. Na ti mome dzivri Bulgaria.


What are the main challenges in transferring this music to the guitar? A version of this article originally appeared in the magazine Gitarr och Luta.

There have been interesting blends of musical influences, such as Orthodox Slavic music, Turkish and Arabian maqamthe musical tradition of the Gypsies, Jewish, Armenian—all of these are being mixed and that is the main reason this music is so rich.

During my childhood I was fascinated by the folk musicians that used to gather in the square at night in the village where my grandparents lived in the Balkan mountains.

Atanas Ourkouzounov | Toccatchenitsa for solo guitar

He also writes about music, focusing mainly on contemporary music for classical guitar. How do you get your ideas and how do you go about manifesting them?

I think that everything in existence is related to the creative process: Apart from all this composing and performing, Ourkouzounov also teaches constantly, including at the Conservatoire Maurice Ravel in Paris.