The opening track SENKYA PADNA contains a sample of an elderly woman singing an archaic traditional folklore song "A shade casts its shadow on three cities”. Written during the pandemic, it immediately sets the tone of the album - rather dark, more aggressive and dissonant at times.
With its 6th album the band continues to explore their fascination with Bulgarian folklore and contemporary jazz. This makes this album quite dynamic, with its rich sound pallet and playful interactions.
ALL ABOUT JAZZ
"Extremely high musicianship, an original sound and strong inspiration from traditional music were apparent in the original compositions of the pianist"
I am not a big fan of explanatory notes on music. I believe that music is self-sufficient. However, with this album it is a little bit different. Our world, our lives are different. That’s why also music is different, and I felt compelled to share my thoughts and motivation behind writing writing the compositions.
Of course you can always ignore these notes and just listen to the music.
The album is named after the opening track Senkya Padna, which contains a sample of an elderly woman singing an archaic traditional folklore song "A shade casts its shadow on three cities". Her mourning voice tells a tragic story about a girl becoming sick and symbolically a shade, that casted over her.
I wrote this piece during the first lockdown of the pandemic and inevitably I used the shadow as a metaphor of the state of fear, emergency and confusion we all experienced at the time. Two years later the pandemic was almost coming to end when suddenly Russia invaded Ukraine. From the very beginning a nuclear threat and the potential of escalation to a WW3 was the new reality. The world was in shock, again. But for me, it was even more shocking when I discovered a freighting connection between the pandemic and the war. The Russian anti-west propaganda, which has been spreading systemically, like cancer for years, finally reached its peak. And it’s goals. It managed to insert so much confusion and hatred, to divide close relatives and turn them against each other, spreading vulgar lies and false statements, news, even videos.
Then I realised that senkya, the shade has not casted its shadow yet, it is yet about to come. So I continued that line and wrote two more pieces - Opinions and Savages. Opinions makes the link between the pandemic and the war, expressing the confusion of all these voices, these different sides of the story, unfortunately our human story. A story that repeats itself.
Savages stands short for Savages hiding in the shades i.a. Putin’s Russia and their propaganda and their evil, utterly arrogant and obviously insane plan, to conquer and destroy a neighbour country, people and culture. I think this is exactly what shocked the world - that act of brutality and barbarism, which we have probably quite naively accepted as part of the past, part of the dark ages. We thought we are on the way of making Humanity 2.0 - we can now build amazing technologies, we can implant artificial hearts, we conquered the space, we cracked the DNA, we created artificial intelligence, we are even talking about colonies on Mars and yet … the savages from the dark ages are still among us, quietly working on their evil plan, against us.
So, the first three tracks make an acronym for the state of humanity right now, for the future of democracy and the future of our children.
And after this dramatic opening, the album continues with a subject I have been exploring for the last couple of years - nostalgia. But even the nostalgia is now different, it is with a capital NO.
But I will stop here and let you interpret the rest.
And don’t worry, everything ends on a positive note, with a song about love..
I hope you will enjoy it!