04/25/13 By First Orbit Sounds Music
Hristo Vitchev Quartet LIVE at Alvas Showroom (San Pedro, CA)
The impressionistic jazz guitarists brigns his world-class quartet to the Los Angeles area!
HRISTO VITCHEV QUARTET – “Familiar Fields Tour”
Bulgarian modern Jazz Guitarist/Composer Hristo Vitchev presents the music from his latest and critically acclaimed quartet session "Familiar Fields" with Brazilian piano sensation and Latin Grammy Nominee Weber Iago, virtuoso bassist Dan Robbins, and drummer extraordinaire Mike Shannon!
The group will be appearing at the world renowned ALVAS SHOWROOM in San Pedro, CA on Sunday, May 12th at 4:00pm
ALVAS SHOWROOM: http://www.alvasshowroom.com/
1417 W. Eighth Street
San Pedro, CA 90732
To purchase tickets on-line please visit: http://gighear.org/get_event.php?id=4329
Join the Hristo Vitchev SoCal Supporters page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hristo-Vitchev-SoCal-Supporters/263906600411098
"Familiar Fields" marks Hristo Vitchev's 5th studio recording as a leader. The music presented in this session clearly displays the multidimensional tonal evolution of the band and each one of its individual members. The addition of drummer extraordinaire Mike Shannon to the quartet establishes a portal to new sonic landscapes and emotions to be explored in this collection of 9 original pieces by Vitchev. The music, which takes the listener through the realms of impressionistic, classical, jazz, experimental, and new age, always retains the unique sonic footprint that has brought critical acclaim to the quartet all over the world.
Check out a track from the new record: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yOyCL8YmTE
Here are some of the first impressions from the press:
“This release is a clear statement from an artist comfortable with who he is and where he is going. There are no absolute truths in music but instead there are shades of gray which Vitchev and his quartet fill in with the precision of a surgeon and the soul of a true artist. Never caught up in the academics of his works, Vitchev instead conducts a sonic exploration with the end result being a release that gives up something new with each subsequent spin. An ebb and flow unmatched, or perhaps unlike Vitchev, an ebb and flow that other artists simply can not match. As close to perfect as it gets!” – Brent Black (CriticalJazz.com)
“Vitchev has advanced a sound that manages to be intimate and epic at the same time!” – JAZZIZ
"If Pat Metheny and Larry Carlton are considered the kings of impressionistic jazz guitar, then certainly Hristo Vitchev is a crown prince and ready to lead a palace coup. In fact, “Familiar Fields” easily stands equal to even their greatest albums. Part of the reason for that has to be credited to Hristo’s choice of musicians in the quartet. The musical affinity and effortless grace shines forth on this album like few recordings I have ever heard. They share a single heart and mind that bursts forth in illumination on every track. There is no weak moment or weak player on this album." – Travis Rogers (JazzTimes)
"The musical bond between guitarist Hristo Vitchev and pianist Weber Iago is as strong as that of Chick Corea and Gary Burton, with proof being their two sublime duet recordings, The Secrets of an Angel and Heartmony, as well as three small group sessions under Vitchev's name. For the Familiar Fields quartet date with regular bassist Dan Robbins and new drummer Mike Shannon, Vitchev chose nine gems to play from his vault of more than 270 original compositions. As usual, as one listens to Vitchev's music, the words lyrical, impressionistic, spiritual, and passionate come to mind, and also Vitchev's term heartmony, which he defines as the simultaneous combination of feelings and emotions, especially when produced by experiences, memories, and stimulations pleasing to the heart, body, and soul." – Scott Albin (JazzTimes)
“The Hristo Vitchev Quartet, ladies and gentlemen, is in peak form. They have no competition: no other music in the jazz idiom is quite as satisfying.” - Grady Harp (Amazon.com)
"With Familiar Fields, his fifth CD as leader, guitarist Hristo Vitchev and his crew sends up a stimulating and engaging recording that is metaphorically dream-like. From start to finish, this is an emotionally moving performance where the musical fields presented are wistful, joyfully peaceful and somewhat bittersweet.
Familiar Fields is a highly intelligent, thought-provoking Impressionistic escapade." - Nick Mondello (AllAboutJazz.com)
“Whether you call it post-bop or post-fusion, Vitchev’s brand of jazz is passionate and ethereal. He has developed into a formidable guitarist and intelligent composer, and since he’s only 32 years old, his best work may be yet to come.” – Ed Kopp (Jazziz)
"Within Vitchev's tone and technique, it's not difficult to hear the influences of Wes Montgomery, Pat Metheny, and Lee Ritenour. He is adept at the full range of extended techniques but is most often described—justifiably—as an impressionist." - Karl Ackermann (All About Jazz)
“Of the many attributes that Bulgarian (San Francisco based) guitarist Hristo Vitchev possesses - refined technical abilities, warm tonality, and expressive soulfulness - his gift to convey beautiful stories through intricate composition is always at the heart of his appeal.” – Mark F. Turner (All About Jazz)
Hristo Vitchev has toured nationally and internationally and has performed in some of the best jazz clubs and festivals in the world. Including Yoshi's Jazz Club (Oakland, CA), Catalina Jazz Club (Hollywood, CA), Bach and Dynamite (Half Moon Bay, CA), Kuumbwa Jazz Center (Santa Cruz, CA), The Jazz Corner (Hilton Head Island, SC), Heidi's Jazz Club (Cocoa Beach, FL), Timucua White House (Orlando, FL), Ivories Jazz Club (Portland, OR), SOhO Jazz Club (Santa Barbara, CA), AT&amp;T San Jose Jazz Festival, Okazaki Jazz Festival (JAPAN), and the prestigious MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL to name a few. He has also done extensive touring of Japan and Europe.
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