Vasil’s concept of mixing Balkan traditional, folk rhythms and melodies with modern musical styles (most originating from the west, including: jazz; funk; avant garde; electronica; rock; trance; and more) has been the impetus for creating his own unique musical hybrid, of sorts. This sophisticated sonic stew is completely original, authentic and embraces a bold new approach to musical expression within the context of the fusion and jazz genres.
It was this vision that inspired him to form The Vasil Hadzimanov Band, back in 1995 — when they made their first recordings and began performing live.
In 2001, the group released their first official album release, 11 reasons for…, published by the major Eastern European regional label, PGP-RTS. The album's first print run sold out in only three months, and saw the band be honored with Beovision award, in 2002, for the Best Debut Album of the Year.
In the summer of 2002, they joined celebrated director Goran Paskaljevic and his film crew, in the making of a documentary film about Belgrade, for ARTE Television. Vasil composed the music and the band, fronted by their percussionist Bojan Ivkovic, acted and performed music in the movie.
2003 saw the release of their second CD, Kafanki, again published by PGP-RTS. For this one, they won the “Suncane Skale” 2003 award, for Best Instrumental Album of The Year (2003).