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Theodosii Spassov

Theodosii Spassov

The world, so goes the cliché, is getting smaller, but the cultural possibilities are getting larger. So hearing Theodosii Spassov’s merger of traditional Bulgarian music and jazz may be disarming, but hardly shocking. It’s a sign and sound of the times.

Spassov has been working on the accord between the music of his heritage for several years, and his argument is mighty persuasive on his new project for the Traditional Crossroads label, The Fish Are Praying for Rain, his first U.S. release. On it, Spassov demonstrates his virtuosity on the Bulgarian end-blown wooden flute known as the kaval, in a setting alongside piano and drums. On the material, intricate metric designs of Eastern Europe meet swung phrasing, with no apology needed.

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