Wednesday June 25, 2014 5:00pm

Dancing at Dusk

Balkan Hopping with Ivan Milev Band

Overview

Dancing at Dusk is a Caramoor summer tradition, enjoyed by families and those who simply like to experience joyful sounds. Held on the spacious lawn of Friends Field, D@D offers you a chance to learn about and dance to music from around the globe.

Hailed as the “real deal of Eastern European virtuosity,” accordion player Ivan Milev has been described as someone who “shreds like a rock god.” Joined by violinist Entcho Todorov and percussionist Seido Salifoski, Milev’s band will dazzle with its dizzying rhythms and high-energy performing style.

Ivan Milev and his band bust out a funk-heavy rendition of Bulgarian folklore music, and it absolutely rocks!

D@D features free arts and crafts activities, plenty of space for kids to run around, spacious picnic lawns, free and convenient parking, and real restrooms (with baby changing areas).

5:15pm – 5:25pm
Live show begins

6:30pm
Live show ends

6:30pm
Artist meet and greet

7:00pm
Event closes

5:15pm – 5:25pm
Live show begins

6:30pm
Live show ends

6:30pm
Artist meet and greet

7:00pm
Event closes

IVAN MILEV ACCORDION– Ivan Milev is a landmark of contemporary Balkan folk music. Throughout his 40-plus year career as an accordion player in Bulgaria, he has established the rules for Balkan folk music. His style fuses tunes of classical, jazz, Eastern European and Middle Eastern music. Milev comes from a clan of famous folk musicians. At a young age he learned the intricacies of Bulgarian folk music from his father, Atanas Milev, who was a renowned accordionist and an innovator in folk music performance. Atanas Milev was the founder of the Parvomay Orchestra, the first orchestra to perform folk music using “classical” instruments. Later Ivan enrolled at the School of Music in Assenovgrad, Bulgaria. In 1970, he continued studying music at the Dobrin Petkov Secondary School of Music in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. He graduated two degrees — in Percussion Instruments and in Accordion. Upon finishing his education, Ivan became a performer, teacher, and conductor in his hometown of Dalbok Izvor. From then on, he began to feverously compose ethnic melodies and tunes for folklore songs.

In 1978, Ivan Milev created his own orchestra – Mladost (Youth). The orchestra performed at festivals, fairs, in concerts and on the Bulgarian National Television, and Ivan’s exquisite performance and charisma gained him widespread popularity throughout the Balkan Region. With his band, Ivan defined the famous wedding music culture in the Balkan region through the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. His first LP “Gypsy Songs” (1978) with the famous Ivo Papazov and the singer Ivo Barev further established him as a pillar of Bulgarian folk music. Apart from the recognition he received from his audience, Ivan won several awards for his immeasurable talent. His orchestra received first prizes at the First, Second, and Third National Festivals for Orchestras and Vocal Performers organized by the Government Agency of Culture and the Government Committee of Music in Varna (1986), Stara Zagora (1987), and Vratza (1988). First prizes were also won at First and Second National Fairs for Folk Orchestras organized by the Government Committee of Music and the Musicians’ Association in Stambolovo in 1985 and in 1986. The subsequent album, featuring the laureates of Stambolovo, brought together first prize winner Ivan Milev, second in place Kanarite, third Georgy Yanchev, and the public’s choice Ivo Papazov.  At the time Ivan also recorded with Atanas Valchev and his popular National Folklore Ensemble of the Bulgarian State TV and Radio.

Ivan Milev has performed on tours in Germany, Austria, Turkey, Greece, and throughout former Yugoslavia. He is also the author of “Twelve Folk Compositions for Two Accordions” (1999). He shaped the talent of many performers of ethno music – Yuri Yanakov, Osman, Vasil Angelov, etc.

In 1999, Ivan Milev came to the U.S. and began working with one of his former students – saxophonist Yuri Yanakov. Together they appeared in numerous ethnic festivals and toured North America and Europe. Ivan Milev was twice invited to perform at the Independence Day celebrations in Washington. He also continued teaching music. Milev has been an in-demand instructor at Balkan Folk Music Camps, U.S.-based workshops in Eastern-European folklore for music performers and academicians. Ivan Milev and Yuri Yanakov recorded a Balkan gypsy music album, Roma Variations, in 2001.

In early 2002, Ivan Milev met violinist Entcho Todorov in New York. Shortly after, they started performing as a duo at variety of clubs and cultural events in New York City. Getting more and more attention from friends and strangers alike, Milev and Todorov decided to form Ivan Milev Band. The group has performed at clubs and festivals throughout the Northeast.

Meanwhile, Ivan recorded for the soundtrack of “Everything is Illuminated,” a widely acclaimed independent movie, featuring Elijah Wood and directed by Liev Schreiber.

In 2006, Ivan Milev Band recorded its debut album, The Flight of Krali Marco.

 

ENTCHO STRINGS — Bulgarian violinist Entcho Todorov is an accomplished classical musician, playing everything from Brahms to Broadway and touring with rock singer Sheryl Crow, and soul legends Hall & Oates.

Entcho was a violinist at the Tony-award winning Broadway show “Shrek: The Musical.” He was also the consummate solo violin in the Broadway show “Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life” during the 2005-2006 season. He was offered the position after successful performances as a violinist in the Broadway’s classic “Fiddler on the Roof” and as an understudy for the part of the fiddler during the musical’s 2004-2005 run with Harvey Fierstein and Rosie O’Donnell.   Entcho’s career on Broadway began in 2004 when he played solo violin for the show “The Immigrant: A New American Musical.” He also recorded The Immigrant’s soundtrack a year later. In 2005, Entcho was the concertmaster for the soundtrack of “Everything Is Illuminated,” a critically acclaimed independent movie featuring Elijah Wood and directed by Liev Schreiber. Entcho also led the orchestra for the recording of another award winning independent picture — “Black-eyed Susan,” in 2004. At that time, he played on the albums “Naturally” and “100 Days, 100 Nights” by Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings and on “Who is This America?” by Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra.

He studied at Manhattan School of Music, New York, on a full scholarship with Ariana Bronne. He graduated with a Master’s degree in Violin Performance in 2000. Entcho has been in-demand performer on many U.S. classical music orchestras – Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Haddenfield Symphony, and Key West Symphony Orchestra among others. Entcho came to the U.S. from his native Bulgaria in 1997 and initially attended The University of Central Arkansas. He spent a year there playing with regional orchestras before moving to New York.

In Bulgaria, Entcho’s career as a classical performer started at a tender age. The prodigious violinist practiced rigorously under the guidance of his father, Toshko Todorov, also a violinist. At ten, Entcho played solo concerts with the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra and the Shumen Symphony Orchestra. At eleven, he won first prize at the Svetoslav Obretenov National Competition for classical music performance. At twelve, he was second at the Kotzian International Violin Competition in Czechoslovakia and received a special award for exceptional performance of Czech composition. Entcho was accepted at the Sofia Music Academy, Bugaria, in 1992. During his studies at the academy, he was the principal at the New Symphony Orchestra of Sofia and Sofia Academy of Music Orchestra. He also toured Europe with the New Bulgarian Opera Orchestra from 1994 to 1996.

Entcho had aspired to master Balkan folk music but it was not until he collaborated with the legend of Eastern European folk music, Ivan Milev, in early 2002, when he devoted his playing to the genre. Their success as a duo led to the creation of Ivan Milev Band. In 2006, the band recorded its debut album, The Flight of Krali Marco.

 

 

ABOUT THE MUSIC OF IVAN MILEV BAND

Ivan Milev Band opens the boundaries for an amazing journey into the depths of new contemporary Bulgarian and Balkan folk music. A legendary performer, accordionist Ivan Milev has established the rules that govern Bulgarian Folk Music throughout his 40-plus year career. He is the mastermind behind Ivan Milev Band, having gathered a group of musicians from Eastern Europe to record a landmark album of contemporary Balkan folk music.

Ivan is an accordionist of incredible virtuosity and technique, and his vision of combining multiple ethnic styles has produced tunes with daring key changes and dizzying tempos. Battling solos between the veteran accordionist and his apprentice, violinist Entcho Todorov, deliver energizing performances of Bulgarian and Balkan folk music.

Ivan Milev Band is the vision of two musical talents and two friends – Ivan and Entcho, that see the potential of Balkan music extending far from the Eastern European region and thrilling audiences from different cultures and musical backgrounds around the world.

Ivan Milev Band’s album – THE FLIGHT OF KRALI MARCO – is a unique and ambitious recording that attempts to unify Balkan Folk Music in a way that has never been done before.

From just about any angle, the history of the Balkans is rich with power struggles, revolutions, and hardship. Very few geographical areas have witnessed so many cultural mutations and regenerations. Though blood and war was often at the center of these changes and this ever-evolving area, one cannot overlook the unique creative expressions that have surfaced as a result of this rich and diverse land. Instead of demarcating these boundaries, THE FLIGHT OF KRALI MARCO, embraces them.

Instead of saying those people are not a part of my history, it sees its history all throughout the Balkan region, expressed by the many cultures and ethnicities.