VLATKO STEFANOVSKI AND THEODOSII SPASSOV
Night of Balkan Magic
Welcome to the magic night of Balkan`s best traditional music showcasing a
band of two incredible musicians from Europe, to be more precise, the Balkans.
Two amazing virtuosos born and raised on that slice of the planet, at the crossroads of worlds, whose melodies blend East and West into one, unique harmony. Their names are Vlatko Stefanovski and Theodosii Spassov.
Vlatko started playing guitar at the age of 13 in his native Macedonia. In his late teens he formed the group “Leb i Sol” which became one of the most important bands in the former Yugoslavia. Leb i Sol released 14 albums and toured around the world. Since the mid-nineties Stefanovski has developed a successful solo career. In the last several years he has played and recorded all around the world with many top artists like Tommy Emmanuel, Stochelo Rosenberg, Gibonni, Jan Akkerman, Stefan Milenković, Kudsi Erguner, Bojan Z, Manu Katche, Toni Levin...His recent work also includes music for films, theater and ballet.
Theodosii began to play kaval in his native Bulgaria. The kaval, an eight-hole wooden “shepherd” flute, is one of the oldest Instruments in Europe, rich in tone and technical possibilities. Spassov has developed his own unique style by synthesizing folklore with jazz, fusion and classical music. “Newsweek” recognized him as one of the most talented musicians in its “Best of the East” article in April 1995, with words: “Spassov has actually invented a new musical genre.” For over 20 years, Theodosii has toured all over the World. His unique way of playing impressed audiences but also musicians, who collaborate with him: Dave Liebman, Andy Sheppard, Yldiz Ibrahimova, Ennio Morricone, Jamey Haddad, Albert Mangelsdorff, Mark Johnson, Ivo Papazov, Kazumi Watanabe...Between 1998 and 2012 he was a member of the world-renown Irish music and dance Riverdance Company. At home, he recorded with Sofia Women’s Radio Choir which was awarded with a GRAMMY award. He has composed numerous film scores, also he recorded themes for films by Italian composers Carlos Siliotto and Ennio Morricone. Theodosii Spassov is officially designated Artist for Peace in recognition of his “talent, his innovation in creating a unique music style and his virtuoso performance, his commitment to raise public awareness about music as a force to enhance dialogue among people, cultures and communities, as well as his profound commitment to the ideals and aims of the Organization”.
That would be how much they are worth individually. Try to imagine how it sounds when two of them are on the same stage...So, we invite you to come and hear these two magicians, who easily complement each other's strengths and inspire new creative dynamics in one another as they build symbolic bridges between cultures.