Bodurov trio has been in demand since 2001. Founded by Bulgarian pianist and composer Dimitar Bodurov the band has released 5 albums for Norwegian and Dutch labels as well as Bodurov’s own OPTOMUSIC label.
Dimitar’s fascination with Bulgarian folklore evolved in a unique and distinctive style characterized by connecting folklore elements with contemporary jazz and classical composition.
"Stamps from Bulgaria", the band’s successful project is a series of compositions based on traditional Bulgarian folk songs and dances, for which All about Jazz wrote: “The exploration on this set of Bodurov's original compositions mixes jazz and Bulgarian folk together in a series of fascinating and enjoyable musical interactions. It's a great sound.“
The first CD album of the series, Stamps from Bulgaria was released in 2008 by Challenge records (NL) and was included in the top 10 releases of the year of the Dutch newspaper Volkskrant. Then in 2012 followed Seven Stamps, featuring the celebrated Bulgarian kaval player Theodosii Spassov. The album explores the rich variations of the 7/8 rhythms.
In Stamp Around (2016), samples from various folklore sources serve as inspiration. Dynamic, energetic, poetic yet more fluent and somewhat less eclectic.
The band will release their new album Senkya padna in 2022. The opening track Senkya Padna (A shadow has fallen) was written during the first lockdown of the pandemic and it uses a sample from a grandma singing an archaic traditional song about "a great shadow that fell and covered three cities". A coincidental metaphor on the current situation. Her mourning voice and the unsettling rhythmical and chord progressions reflect indirectly the state of fear, emergency and confusion we all fell into.
In 2019 in commission by Music meeting festival (Nijmegen, NL) the trio worked with celebrated Norwegian saxophone player Trygve Seim and Bulgarian vocal trio Avigea. And for the opening of Varna summer jazz fest (Varna, BG) and band was joined by Israeli trumpet player Itamar Borochov.
Bodurov trio has been performing throughout Europe and Israel.
Members of the group are: drummer Jens Dueppe, bass player Mihail Ivanov and pianist Dimitar Bodurov.