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Borislav Petrov Borislav Petrov

Drummer, composer and educator from Bulgaria. A dedicated researcher and performer in the field of Bulgarian odd meters, Bulgarian folk-jazz and cross-over jazz. Member of the Dutch multimedia jazz trio Tin Men & the Telephone and a bandleader of Bulgarian jazz- folk band Jazzanitza. Music genres: jazz, ethno-jazz, big band, fusion, world music, electronica, rock, pop, singer-songwriter, etc. He has performed in various theater and television shows. Specialty: odd meter structures in Bulgarian folklore music.

Bachelor's degree from the jazz program at Prince Claus Conservatorium in Groningen (the Netherlands, under the guidance of American jazz drummers Ralph Peterson, Owen Hart, Steve Altenberg.

Master's degree at the Conservatory of Amsterdam under the guidance of Dutch drummers Martijn Vink and Lucas Van Merwijk. Master research: Bulgarian folk rhythms and drumming styles: “Long And Short Beats” focuses on the essence of Bulgarian irregular meters and the historical development of folk drumming, as well as on ideas for expanding Bulgarian rhythms and integrating them into other styles of music. Publications: Bulgarian Rhythms: “Past, Present, and Future” in Dutch Journal Of Music Theory (2012) Performance credits: Jаzztory – educational concert presentations on the music and life of the legendary artists from the history of American jazz. Borislav was a creator, producer, and host of Jazztory, which had 32 issues for a period of 5 years

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"Short&Long Beats: The Mystery Of Bulgarian Rhythms" The clinic starts with a presentation on the essence of Bulgarian rhythms, how to become familiar with them and to interpret them with the proper feel. Further on, it investigates the Bulgarian drum set playing in the wedding tradition and gives examples of the rhythms and grooves that accompany the dance music and the instrumental showcase music, developed by the late wedding bands. Finally, it suggests ideas on how to expand the rhythms and to integrate them into other musical context, such as jazz improvisational language

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