'The most famous practitioner of Bulgaria's most favoured musical format; master
clarinetist Ivo Papasov is the King Of Wedding Music. Though Western European eyebrows might be raised at such a title, it equates
Papasov with the status of superstar in his native country. Papasov and his Orchestra tour the Balkans, playing several weddings a week (many couples will re-arrange the dates of their ceremonies to coincide with a blank entry in his diary). He descends from a long line of zurna (double-reed instrument) and clarinetists. After forming his first ensemble in 1974, he gradually evolved from a traditional Thracian repertoire into a jazz-inspired improvisational set. This new work nevertheless maintained the complex time-signatures required of traditional Bulgarian dance music.
Ivo Papasov had stumbled over the incredibly popular formula which would see him become a national toast.'
'Ivo's wedding music, played first thing in the morning, provides thorough and long-lasting attitude adjustment for the busy executive.'
'Once again, Papasov has his band as well as the listener holding onto the tail of a tiger in this incendiary romp through traditional dance styles given a contemporary facelift.'
'With a huge gut and unwieldy frame, Ivo Papasov seems an unlikely source for some of the most nimble and virtuoso music you’ll be left in little doubt that he’s one of most interesting clarinetists around. He and his band race through numbers based on the complex rhythms of Bulgarian folk dances, grafting on jazzy improvisations.'
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