Ivan Milev Band

Ivan Milev Band


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Ivan Milev Band opens the boundaries for an amazing journey into the depths of Bulgarian and Balkan music. A legendary performer, accordionist Ivan Milev has established the rules that govern Bulgarian Folk Music throughout his 30-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 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.

In the summer of 2006, Ivan Milev Band released THE FLIGHT OF KRALI MARCO, 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.