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 is one of most interesting personalities in the Bulgarian contemporary music. Atanas Ourkouzounov – Guitar. 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. Another project for next year is to record my guitar concertos in Denmark, together with my engineer Leif Hesselberg.

I think it feels natural to play this music on the guitar, and I actually think so in general when it comes to traditional music from different parts of the world.

Works | Atanas Ourkouzounov

He also writes about music, focusing mainly on contemporary music for classical guitar. Again, movement, kaleidoscopic whirling, loss of gravity.

I remember what it was like ourkozounov I started playing the guitar—pretty quickly I found it boring to practice all of those classical arpeggios, tremolos, and the like. Has your own music forced you to keep expanding your technical capacity?


It is like watching a movie where you are the one creating the storyline, and of course you want to know how it all ends! Ourkouzounov grew up in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria.

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. Sometimes it happens with the guitar, sometimes not; it might happen in front of a computer or with pen and paper.

You have composed so much, made several recordings, and also tour a lot. Polegnala e Tudora Bulgaria.

Atanas Ourkouzounov | Tanzologia for cello and guitar

About Search Contact Sign In. You seem atajas have a never-ending source of inspiration at hand! The process is hard to describe, but I feel this excitement and it is impossible to let go once I have started. In addition to eight CDs on which Ourkouzounov plays, more than 60 CDs of his music performed by others are currently available. I also often tune the third and sixth strings one half-tone down.

I cannot fully explain how I get my ideas. He also studied theory, music ethnology, improvisation, and chamber music.

Atanas Ourkouzounov | Toccatchenitsa for solo guitar

And right now I am also working on my fifth sonata for guitar. Then, sudden shifts of perspective, showing views of floating harmonies and charged waiting. One way of maintaining a cultural identity was to keep the folk music alive. Other recordings by Atanas Ourkouzounov: The use of microtones? That is the reason for this influence still being so strong.


And so is the variety—ranging from your own original compositions ourkiuzounov arrangements of popular music. I have had the pleasure of hearing some of your performances together with the flutist Mie Ogura, and the interplay between the two of you is really astonishing.

A version of atanax article originally appeared in the magazine Gitarr och Luta. Apart from all this composing and performing, Ourkouzounov also teaches constantly, including ourmouzounov the Conservatoire Maurice Ravel in Paris.

Did you grow up in a family of musicians, or how did you get to know this tradition? Eventually it resembles the process of composing. When Atanas Ourkouzounov plays, things are cooking. I have no rules about how the work should go ahead.

Leif and I have already made several records together and it is a joy and privilege to work with him. ourkouxounov

When it comes to these types of arrangements, we take the song, dance, or theme and try to create a functioning structure or form, which means that you are more free to put a bit more of yourself into the music.