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Borislav Petrov is a jazz drummer/composer, born in Sofia, Bulgaria. He began his professional career at the age of 19 as a member of the renown Bulgarian pop/rock band - Slang, followed by a nationally acclaimed folk fusion quartet – Brainstorm. Received his music education in the Netherlands, by completing the “New York Comes to Groningen” jazz program at the Prince Claus Conservatorium in Groningen, followed by the masters program at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, guided by both American and Dutch jazz drummers - Ralph Peterson, Owen Hart, Steve Altenberg, Joost Van Schaik, Martijn Vink and Lucas Van Merwijk.

His master research on Bulgarian folk rhythms and drumming styles: “Long And Short Beats:The Mystery of Bulgarian Rhythms” 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. His article, based on this research was published in the prestigious Dutch Journal Of Music Theory (2012) Among the most notable project Borislav is involved with are:

Tin Men & The Telephone ( – an interactive-multimedia-piano trio, based in Amsterdam.Borislav's most successful, profitable and engaging project up to date. He has been a part of it for more than 7 years and he has contributed to all 3 studio releases of the band. Besides recording and touring, Tin Men & The Telephone are involved in important series of educational activities in schools around the Netherlands, which introduce jazz music to the youth, through the usage of interactive performance concepts and techniques. The band has been nominated for the 2016 British Jazz FM awards in the “digital initative” category.

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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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