SAIGO's musical nomadism

The neo-soul performer and frequent collaborator of Kan Wakan found the right stage and a surprisingly openminded audience in Bulgaria

KANAAL: Тhrough the proper channels

Antonia and Lyubomir Chonos have been married for fifteen years, and even though two thirds of their marriage have been spent at KANAAL, they can still make each other laugh, which is probably the key to their success.

After years in which vinyl factories and record companies around the world suffered from the lack of profitable interest in their product, with its high sound quality and collector's value, and many expected an even darker future of total market collapse, a new trend surprised everyone – a significant jump in vinyl sales.

Music undercover

Todor Karastoyanov has deep connections to the stage but he does not like the spotlight. He is part of at least one project you may have heard live whose members prefer to remain anonymous. He plays for (or has co-founded) the bands 3TELETA, Lacrima Christi, Animatsionerite, Nasekomix

Meet you at the Fonoteka after midnight

Music blogs and media have become increasingly rare, and there are very few Bulgarian examples with any longevity: among them is Fonoteka Elektrika, which Alexander Vladimirov started more than a decade ago, and which remains the perfect guide to what is going on at "clubs, basements and afterparties."

Who is listening, and how, and why?

Feedbacker, TDK, Expectations and Krekhaus - several bands tell us how to build an audience, mutual trust and sustainability.

Radioman Tsvetan Tsvetanov

In 2008 Alarma Punk Jazz was spontaneously born – a concert series and a real revolution on national airwaves. Since then, hundreds of different bands have performed live on the Hristo Botev program and Tsvetan has long been one of the most active promoters of alternative music in Bulgaria.

About three years ago, Anna-Maria Hadzhistoyanova (Annna) stepped outside of the fashion world, where she still works as a stylist, and added music to her list of activities. This is how the Isterika party series was born, founded and entirely run by her, and offering a great selection of local and foreign DJs.

Behind the booth: Julieta Intergalactica

Striking representatives of our current DJ scene, which recently began to rouse from its long covid slumber, and found out more about what things look like behind the booth

The labyrinth of Leena's Subconscious

Over the last three years, Leena (Tsvetelina Lazova) has given us many signs that something bigger is coming – and now it's finally here

ATELIER: CAN'T LET A JAZZ HALL GO THIRSTY

The event series "Hala Jazz" is organized by the craft beer brand Hala, and the format presents a rare influx of ideas from places that have shut down to those that survived the recent crises: the jazz musicians that play at Atelier until recently played in the semi-secret Try C bar next to the Sofia Court House.

CONCRETE TECHNO

Yasen Markov is an architect and musician who always goes by the name TECHNOBETON – it's the name of both company and his music project. He studied architecture in Germany, and continued to work and teach there. He is one of the six Bulgarian electronic artists who are part of the multimedia initiative Altitude Attitude organized by the music media Fonoteka Elektrika.

If the phrase "citizen of the world" didn't currently carry a strong whiff of provincialism, that's how we would describe Raja El Madhun. Actually, it's enough to say that she is a very talented person who speaks four languages, studied finance at the University of National and World Economy and, fortunately for all of us, soon realized that her true calling is music.

Ivo Dimchev's Songbook

Who hasn't heard Ivo Dimchev, who hasn't listened to him? Recently, it seems that there is no person in the online space who has not come across the songs and recordings of his home concerts for a narrow circle of people, which became a hit not only in Bulgaria, with which he was able to win admiration from David Lynch.

LONDON PRISON BLUES

After Bulgaria, Denmark and China, the guitarist finds both harbor and challenges in London.

2020 COULD NOT STOP THEM: HUG OR HANDSHAKE

The name of the Bulgarian duo Hug or Handshake is quite funny and unintentionally ironic nowadays. Both the hug and the handshake suddenly acquired a very different context during the pandemic.

THE QUEENS AND ZGUROVSKI

This year, the main activity of Sofia Queer Forum 2020 is the creation of an archive titled The History of Crossdressing, a project by Zgurovski and Boryana Rossa. It will be presented on December 28 as an exhibition, both in the gallery and online at dragbg.sofiaqueerforum.org, where the archive can be explored.

SAMUIL KEHAYOV–SAYULKE

Samuil Kehayov is one of the driving forces behind artnewscafé. Working under the pseudonym Sayulke, Samuil is responsible for the diverse program of the space, and he's also the founder of the audio-visual group Melformator, part of the Nordic Soundscapes platform, and this year, together with Denitsa Chakarova, he's the organizer of a series of events about music, technology, education and digital arts, all part of Plovdiv's program as the European Capital of Culture 2019.

DOBRINKA TABAKOVA

She is a world-class composer. Her pieces have been performed by various ensembles, broadcast on air, played in cathedrals and on recordings such as the Collection of English Anthems, which features her piece "Praise" in honor of Elizabeth II. In 2014, her first album String Paths (ECM Records) was nominated for a Grammy. She also has dozens of other prestigious international awards in her biography, and has received praise for her compositions in publications such as The New York Times and The Washington Post.

THE CALL OF THE WILD

If you love both post-punk and electro, and often find yourself missing early 80s new wave, Les Animaux Sauvages will come to your rescue. Its lead vocalist and lyricist is the actress Sibila Seraphim, and their sound is created by Ivo Stoyadinov – Charlie, whose unmistakable guitar riffs directly transport you to another dimension.