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Hristo Vitchev Quintet brand new album "The Perperikon Suite" - Officially Released

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The Perperikon Suite is the brand new album by the Hristo Vitchev Quintet. The music, which is inspired by the spirit and magic of the ancient and sacred Thracian city of Perperikon, combines modern jazz, fusion, world, and orchestral elements into a large scale jazz suite in 7 movements. The impressionistic work was specifically written to be premiered by the group at their 53rd Monterey Jazz Festival appearance on Sep. 18th 2010. The reception of the music was so amazing that the group went directly into the studio to put the sounds to tape. The result is the most refined and adventurous work by Hristo Vitchev and the group up to date.

For the recording of this project Hristo's well established quartet was joined by virtuoso vibraphonist Christian Tamburr, which takes the impressionistic sound of the group to a whole new world.

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About Hristo Vitchev

Hristo Vitchev is a modern jazz guitarist and composer from Sofia, Bulgaria. Now residing in the San Francisco Bay Area, Hristo leads his modern jazz quartet which features the Latin Grammy-nominated pianist Weber Iago, drummer extraordinaire Joe De Rose, and virtuoso bassist Dan Robbins. Hristo has toured nationally and internationally with a wide variety of formations and has also performed guitar clinics in Europe and Japan. He has written more than 270 original compositions, many articles on jazz improvisation, and a book on chordal theory and construction entitled Between the Voicings: A New Approach to Chord Building for Guitarists. The Hristo

Vitchev Quartet's 2009 debut album, Song for Messambria (First Orbit Sounds Music) quickly received outstanding reviews by the international jazz community and was selected as one of the six best jazz albums of 2009 by E-JAZZ NEWS. As jazz critic Edward Blanco describes, “Vitchev is the newest guitarist to enter the national jazz scene and does so with a stunner of a recording in Song for Messambria, one of the finest debut albums I've had the pleasure of appraising this year." The record presents a unique blend of ECM-style modern jazz, classical, and Brazilian tone textures, and showcases the completely unique and masterful interpretation of the jazz idiom by each one of its members. In late 2009, Hristo Vitchev released his second studio album featuring Latin Grammy- nominated pianist Weber Iago. The Secrets of an Angel is an impressionistic landscape painted by the delightful and graceful conversation between the two instruments (guitar/piano). As jazz critic Brad Walseth describes, “On the heels of his impressive debut recording, Song for Messambria, guitarist Hristo Vitchev returns along with pianist Weber Iago for a wonderful guitar/piano duet recording—The Secrets of an Angel...while the gentle title track shimmers like a glistening iceberg on a cold sea. The delightful two-part 'The Last Pirate' is a highlight—brilliantly showcasing the exciting romantic bend inherent in Vitchev's music, while the nostalgic lullaby “Leka Nosht (Good Night)" recalls a faraway youth and rounds out this fine release."

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