Hammond organ at Live Zara Jazz 12 (in Eng)
Written by Fannie Philipova   
Saturday, 22 May 2010 18:37

A real Hammond organ will sound in the “Zahary Knyazheski” Library Hall on May 26. Special guest is the pianist Oleg Chaly – one of the lead jazz musicians in Greece. Ventzi Blagoev – trumpet, Peter Momtchev – saxophone and Dimitar Dimitrov – drums, are the rest of the quartet, who will challenge the audience in Stara Zagora with mainstream, swing and blues. The concert is a gift to the most loyal jazz fans in the town, who rarely get the chance to listen to their favourite music. The international popularity of the jazzmen is a certain sign, that the audience will hear improvisations
that will go beyond imagination. There will be many surprises for the fans, as well as for the musicians themselves.

Oleg Chaly is born in Donetsk in 1966 to a Russian jew and a Greek  mother. He grew up in Murmansk, where his father Vladimir is making and leading a jazz festival. It is there where Oleg has the opportunity to learn the piano and the double bass and later being shaped in a world class Hammond organist. A composer and an arranger, he is living and working in Greece as one of the best jazz pianists in the country. He collaborates with many local and foreign musicians, creating own projects as Thessaloniki Rhytm Section, Oleg Chaly/Quartet/Quintet, Hammond Organ Trio – one of the very few Hammond Organ formations on the Balkans. He takеs part in many prestigious European and American jazz festivals, works with Sheila Jordan, Chico Freeman, Tonny Lacatos, Miltcho Leviev and many others.

His partnership with Ventzi Blagoev is well known to the Bulgarian and the Greek audience. Their project Make Jazz ToGetHer already had 3 editions in both countries, they also had a remembering performance on the BlueZZ Fest in Rousse last year. Crossing the borders – that’s the way of developing and popularizing  the jazz, said the musicians about their partnership. Because jazz is first of all live music. He is moving forward by mixing the different styles, schools, and ethno sounds, as well as by the live performance. It is a big pleasure to work with each other, we are sure that the Balkan jazz is not only a national, but multicultural product, they added.

Peter Momtchev and Mitko Dimitrov are among the most popular Bulgarian jazz musicians. They define Momtchev as one of the best improvisers, and his indisputable talent is supported by the fact that he is playing easily all kinds of saxophones. Graduated from the National Musical Academy, Peter is 1st saxophonist in the Big Band of the National Radio. Playing with many international projects, his popularity brings him collaboration with Georgi Dontchev, Shibil Benev, Rosen Zahariev, Wikeda, Brass Association, and many others. Besides his filled concert program, Dimitar Dimitrov is a drum teacher who taught in the New Bulgarian University. He graduated from the NMA, and later the Richard Strauss Conservatory in Munich and played with the National Radio.  Dimitar Dimitrov is among the jazzmen, who have helped the most to many young musicians. His passion is to support jazz clubs.

They both have already played with Ventzislav, on his concert with the jazz diva Janice Harington. Dimitrov took part in Blagoev’s formation for his project with Randy Brecker.

Ventzi Blagoev is an important name for the Bulgarian Jazz. Apart of his excellent musical skills, he is an author and a leading power of the Live Zara Jazz concerts in collaboration with the Regional Library “Zahari Knyazheski”, with the support of the Municipality of Stara Zagora and the “ZarAArt” association. Thanks to their combined efforts in the town have already played tens of jazzmen like Mario Stantchev, Ari Roland and his quartet, Plamen Karadonev, Petronius Negresku, Bernar Gyuo, Zhivko Petrov, Peter Saltchev.

Translated by Dimitar Bl.


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