• Bodurov / Shopov

    • Transcendence

    • Coalescence

      Million fragile pieces of sound collide and mirror otherworldly dimensions. Reality and dreams, body and soul go on a magical trip into the unknown. While the piano, earthly, comforting and dark at times, brings solace like an echo of your thoughts. Awoken from this dream, you feel connected, reborn.

      ‘Coalescence’ is a collaborative album by contemporary jazz pianist Dimitar Bodurov and electronic music producer Ivan Shopov. Spanning over eight variously paced pieces the record is the result of two lengthy improvisation sessions that took place in Bodurov’s Amsterdam-based studio back in 2017. After letting the raw recordings season for a few years the duo re-immersed themselves in the material. The album they fleshed out feels and sounds as if it was meticulously composed and not created in the spur of a moment. ‘Coalescence’ is offered to us barely edited and as pure as it gets. Bodurov and Shopov are indulging in varyingly paced and piano-driven musical explorations which are minimalist at their core but emotionally dense as well.

      ‘Coalescence’ is released in a time when most of us have been forced to put our lives and inter-human interactions at a halt. Exploring the territories of ghostly musical stasis, Bodurov and Shopov are keeping us sane through all mind states, feelings and paths they’ve sketched in their improvisatory dialog. When musicians from different backgrounds are coming together the goal is always to adjust their approaches so they eventually merge within the music. Maybe due to previous studio and live collaborations, in ‘Coalescence’ this intertwining of elements is present right from the start. This successful combination of acoustic sounds and their synthetic counterparts allows us to go deeper and deeper until all is said and done. At least until Bodurov and Shopov find themselves locked in another studio together for the next creative outburst.

      Credits :
      releases May 14, 2020

      Dimitar Bodurov – piano & electronica
      Ivan Shopov – electronica

      Recorded live at Optomusic Studio / Amsterdam in 2017
      Mixed by Dimitar Bodurov and Ivan Shopov
      Mastering by Ivan Shopov at Etheraudio Studio

      Microscop photography: Accreton by Venelina Katanska
      Graphic design: micronavt studio
      Words by Angel Simitchiev

      Produced by Dimitar Bodurov & Ivan Shopov
      © 2020 Dimitar Bodurov, Ivan Shopov

  • Dimitar Bodurov Solo

    • Solo in Bonn

      Dimitar Bodurov, piano
      Released April 15, 2019


      Dimitar’s latest solo piano album is a live registration of his concert at Beethoven’s haus in Bonn in November 2018. A lyrical and virtuosic rendition of free improvisations and original compositions based on folkore themes.

      All about jazz reviewed the album : “Technically impressive, on occasion Bodurov gives the impression that he possesses more than the standard two hands. Yet he is no slave to flashy display. The symmetry of jazz, folk and classical language of this compelling live document is totally natural”.

      All about jazz
      Ian Patterson, Dec 2019
      read full article here


      Produced by Dimitar Bodurov
      © Deutschlandradio / Dimitar Bodurov 2019
      ℗ Deutschlandradio 2019

      OPTOMUSIC OP0119

      All songs composed by Dimitar Bodurov
      Published with Buma Stemra, The Netherlands
      Recorded live at Beethoven-Haus, Bonn, Germany
      Radio producer Harald Rehmann
      Recorded and edited by Michael Morawietz for Deutschlandfunk
      Mastered at Deine.cd
      Photos by Cyril Wermers
      all rights reserved

    • Stamps from Bulgaria 2006

      Dimitar Bodurov, piano

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      Stamps from Bulgaria, solo piano - Dimitar Bodurov


  • Bodurov Trio

    • Senkya Padna

    • Stamp around

      Optomusic, 2015

      Dimitar Bodurov- piano
      MIhail Ivanov- bass
      Jens Dueppe- drums

      Dynamic, energetic, poetic yet more fluent and somewhat less eclectic.

      STAMP AROUND continues the narrative of “Stamps from Bulgaria” – a series of compositions based on elements of Bulgarian folklore.

      With this new a-la-suite approach the music takes surprising turns of sonic texture and emotion.

    • Seven Stamps

      Dimitar Bodurov- piano
      MIhail Ivanov- bass
      Jens Dueppe- drums

      feat. Theodosii Spassov- kaval



      With their new album Seven Stamps, Bodurov Trio continue delving into Bulgarian folklore and further narrowing their search to the intrinsic variations of the very popular rhythm in 7.

      Different regions have their own interpretation and names of it such as Rychenica, Chetvorno, Elenino Horo, etc. In combination with other measures, the rhythm in seven, serves as a basis for other so called additive measures, which provide countless possibilities for interpretation.

      The trio will be also joined by the internationally acclaimed Theodosii Spassov (kaval), who is one of the pioneers in connecting Bulgarian Folklore with the jazz tradition, as well as a great inspiration for many musicians.


    • Stamps from Bulgaria 2008

      Dimitar Bodurov- piano
      MIhail Ivanov- bass
      Jens Dueppe- drums, percussion

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      Stamps from Bulgaria is the result of a long-term investigation into Bulgarian Folklore and its correlation with other music traditions and instruments. For me, there were two personal challenges in this project: as composer and as pianist.

      My approach as composer was to avoid rearranging these songs, but rather to treat them as any other compositional element such as a major triad, a rhythmical phrase, intervals, etc. Thus establishing a process of de- and re-construction, which will eventually result in a new musical form, which is sometimes closer to the original than others.

      On selecting the songs, I searched carefully for any personal and emotional connection and/or something unique (such as odd time measure, lyrics, or just a melody), which also contained enough dramatic potential, yet leaving room for exploration.

      As a pianist I referred to the traditional singing and instruments in an attempt to apply their specific characteristics on the piano keyboard. I treated the piano as a melodic rather than harmonic instrument, which is its most common function.

      All songs come from different regions of Bulgaria. Some are more popular than others. It is of course arguable which songs are actually Bulgarian, but this issue gives another dimension to my research and poses the question of national identity – a much discussed issue in a modern multi-cultural society. -Dimitar Bodurov


      Top 10 jazz CDs from Holland for 2008
      The Bodurov Trio brings a welcoming and original sound in Jazz – not in a corny, boring way as it is so often the case with combinations of Jazz and Balkan music, but totally organic, warm and with guts.

      New ways in Jazz!

      VENTO AZUL (Japan)
      This is a spectacular piano trio recording with many innovative approaches, as well as ethnic flavour!

      With this new album Bodurov lives up to his promise!

      With originality as a driving force, one can almost taste the Bulgarian culture and landscape!

      The Bodurov Trio approaches with the same intensity the fast and complicated as well as the slow and soulful songs. A must have for everyone, interested in music from this region!

      The Bodurov Trio elegantly transports an emotional landscape of Bulgarian Folk culture!

      JAZZISM (NL)
      As an instrumentalist, Bodurov is an amazing talent and a musician, who did not forget about his roots, yet does not stand still!


    • Resumption Suite

      Dimitar Bodurov- piano
      Cord Heineking- bass
      Jens Dueppe- drums

      Live at De Doelen, Rotterdam 2004

      Bulgarian folk music has been an inspiring part of both my memories and my plans and projects. With the knowledge, gained on composition and experimental techniques, this project became realized as The Resumption Suite. In it, I tried to reconcile some tangible elements of my past and presence, at the same time implying something for the future.
      Dimitar Bodurov

      This is a multi-partial piece for piano, bass, drums and samples. Though based on the tradition of jazz improvisation, the music flows and borrows elements from Bulgarian folklore.The Resumption suite was premiered in De Doelen, Rotterdam, Netherlands as Dimitar’s graduation project, for which he received Cum Laude.

    • Melatonic

      Acoustic Reocords, Norway ACR9817

      Dimitar Bodurov- piano
      Jens Dueppe – drums
      Cord Heineking – bass

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      Melatonic - Cord Heineking, Dimitar Bodurov & Jens Düppe


  • Bodurov / Magatelli / Krajnčan TRIO

    • Wasteland


      Dimitar Bodurov – piano
      Mattia Magatelli – double bass
      Kristijan Krajnčan, drums

      Produced by Dimitar Bodurov
      © OPTOPMUSIC 2017

  • Neofobic

    • Neofobic

      Gubemusic, Norway

      Dimitar Bodurov- piano, live electronics
      Jens Dueppe- drums, percussion

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      Neofobic - Dimitar Bodurov & Jens Dueppe


  • Mixing vanity TRIO

    • Mixing vanity

      Rosen Zahariev-Roko – trumpet & percussion
      Dimitar Bodurov – piano, keys, electronica
      Dimitar Semov – drums & electronic percussion

      credits :
      Recorded live at the Bulgarian National Radio hall 1 on the 18th November 2016 in Sofia, Bulgaria.

      Recorded by Georgi Gogov
      Mixed and mastered by Dimitar Bodurov at Optomusic studio, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

      Produced by Dimitar Bodurov
      © Dimitar Bodurov 2018

  • Moore / Bodurov / Vatcher TRIO

    • Stormy

      Michael Moore – alto sax and clarinets
      Dimitar Bodurov- piano
      Michael Vatcher – bass

      Produced by Dimitar Bodurov at Optomusic
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  • Notes on Hopper

    • Notes on Hopper

      Notes on Hopper is an adventurous journey into the world of American painter Edward Hopper.

      Edward Hopper’s most famous painting is Nighthawks (1952). A New York café late at night with two men and a woman sitting at the bar. Loneliness and isolation are typical themes in Hopper’s work. At the same time his paintings are intensely cinematic, they’re always the beginning of a story.
      Notes on Hopper tells the story behind Hopper’s paintings in a jazzy atmosphere with songs, improvisations and spoken word. Based on the diaries of his wife and fellow artist Josephine Nivison, Notes on Hopper paints a portrait of a female artist’s struggle in her stormy marriage with Edward Hopper.

      Written, sung and performed by Judith Scholte. The lyrics were put to music by multiple award-winning composer Paul M. van Brugge. The music is performed by two masters of improvisation; Dimitar Bodurov, piano and electronics and Nils van Haften, saxophones and bass clarinet.



      Written by Judith Scholte
      Composed by Paul M. van Brugge

      Vocals – Judith Scholte
      Piano, electronics – Dimitar Bodurov
      Saxophones, bass clarinet – Nils van Haften

      CD produced by Dimitar Bodurov and Paul M. van Brugge
      Recorded and mixed by Dimitar Bodurov at Optomusic (www.optomusic.com)
      Notes on Hopper is published by Deuss Music (www.deussmusic.com)

  • Project PULSE

    • Project PULSE

      produced by Dimitar Bodurov

      Theodosii Spassov – kaval
      Sandip Bhattacharya – tabla
      Dimitar Bodurov, piano, electronics


      Once upon a time, two times, three… So goes the pulse of time, so goes the story.

      The story is about the pulse that beats in words, in logics, in the hearts, or maybe in your heart. It is a story about emotions, told in compositions of soundscapes, improvisations.

      Time is spacious, illustrious, and prolific as the spirituality of ancient India, the lyricism of Bulgarian folklore and the searching spirit of contemporary European improvisation and composition.

      Bulgarian pianist and composer Dimitar Bodurov has put together a collective of unique artistic individuals capable of transcending the urgency of Project Pulse.

      The celebrated Bulgarian kaval player Theodosii Spassov, a master of Indian tabla Sandip Bhattacharya and Bodurov himself on piano and electronics.


  • Margriet Sjoerdsma

    • Bloom

      Foreign Media Music 93749

      Margriet Sjoerdsma- vocals
      Dimitar Bodurov- piano, keys, programming
      Cord Heineking- acoustic & el.bass
      Jasper van Hulten- drums

      Arits Orubs- vibraphone
      Shirma Rouse- backing vocals
      Laise Aerts- backing vocals
      Jeffrey Bruinsma- violin
      Heleen van der Hoeven- violin
      Ro Krauss- viola
      Saartje Camp

      Produced by Dimitar Bodurov and Margriet Sjoerdsma 2008

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      CD | MP3 Bloom - Margriet Sjoerdsma



      At the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

      CD Presentation, Rotterdam

    • With the whisper of a morning

      Margriet Sjoerdsma-vocals
      Dimitar Bodurov-piano, wurlitzer, fender rhodes
      Cord Heineking-bass
      Bernhard Weichinger-drums

      Produced and arranged by Dimitar Bodurov

      Executive producer Margriet Sjoerdsma

      © 2006 Margriet Sjoerdsma and  Dimitar Bodurov



      At the Kleine Komedie, Amsterdam

      At Varna Summer Jazz Fest, Bulgaria

  • As guest and producer

    • NIKOBO

      NIKOBO is the debut studio album by Bulgarian trumpet player Neyko Bodurov (1982). Jazz, beats and electronica collide in a set of original compositions, which can easily be wrapped as Nu Jazz. A playful mix of catchy themes, edgy solos and broken beats that stands equally convincing in a jazz club, a festival stage and a beach party.

      Neyko has put up a collective of skilful all-around musicians, each one contributes with a personal voice to the project. Neyko’s piercing trumpet and Dimitar Liolev’s slick alto weave on top of the groovy rhythm bass lines of Mihail Ivanov, Dimitar Semov’s rhythmic deviations and Dimitar Bodurov’s erratic harmonies and rich sound textures


      released April 15, 2019

      Produced by Dimitar Bodurov and Neyko Bodurov

      Line up :
      Neyko Bodurov / trumpet, flugelhorn
      Dimitar Liolev / alto sax, tenor sax
      Dimitar Bodurov / keys, Fender Rhodes, programming
      Mihail Ivanov / double bass
      Dimitar Semov / drums, el. percussion

    • InFusion

    • Kanatitsa

      with special guests:

      Theodosii Spassov: kaval in 3 and 10
      Dimitar Bodurov: piano in 5, 6 and 9
      Burak Malçok: ney in 6
      Stoimen Stoyanov: string arrangement in 4
      Dayan Kutsarov: programming in 9

      all compositions are based on Bulgarian folklore

      programming, guitars, mixing: Ivan Shopov
      vocals: Avigeya

      arrangement: Ivan Shopov and Avigeya
      Avigeya are : Aleksandra Vasileva, Milena Velikova, Ralitsa Kirilova, Sibina Radenkova
      lyrics: folklore on 1, 3, 6, 7 and 9; Aleksandra Vasileva on 2 and 8; Sibina Radenkova on 4, 5 and 10

      recorded at Pekarnata Studio and Etheraudio Studio
      mastering: Shawn Hatfield (Audible Oddities, USA)

      visual concept and graphic design: Ivaylo Petrov and Emanuela Belovarski
      cover model : Irena Milyankova

      review : Angel Simitchiev

      produced by: Ivan Shopov
      co produced by: Sabina Parisi

      Released by Etheraudio Records

    • Prey Catch The Hunter

      Kaneng Lolang  “Prey Catch The Hunter”

      “The themes in this record were informed by some determining factors in humanity’s existence – menstruation, birth, motherhood, lust, the state of our collective spiritual health, and ultimately , Love. The emotion that inspires the lyrics is particularly sourced from my experience within my female body, which beyond its mere physical attributes has given me the knowledge of ancient processes from which I wish to continue harnessing an intuitive creativity.“

      With contributions from TV On The Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe who sings to soothe the inner child on “Palm” , Adio commanding with a futuristic Yoruba mantra on “Peoplestand“, Jolie Holland’s visceral violin on “Constant Messiah” and Laurie Anderson collaborator Shahzad Ismaily’s gracious drums, this record is a sincere offering to all.

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    • The Bulchemists

      The Bulchemists are six artists of the younger bulgarian jazz diaspora, gathered from all corners of Europe and the US – unquestionably outstanding representatives of the jazz scenes in their chosen exile cities.

      What makes them unique is how they have maintained their deeply rooted relationship to the melodies and rhythm of the bulgarian ethnic music.

      Still rooted in Bulgaria, these individual artists, at the height of their talents, have come together to create some powerful new music.


      Dimiter Bodurov – Piano
      Peter Slavov – Double Bass
      Vladimir Karparov – Saxophone
      Alexander Wladigeroff – Trumpet
      Dimiter Liolev – Saxophone
      Borislav Petrov – Drums
      Mihail Ivanov – Double Bass




    • Wampum

      Line up:
      Diederik Rijpstra, trumpet
      Joost Lijbaart, drums
      Clemens van der Feen, bass
      Dimitar Bodurov, piano
      guest: Eric Vloeimans, trumpet

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