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Plamen Karadonev

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Plamen’s career in music begins at the age of 12 featuring recordings and performances of Bulgarian folk on the national television (Sofia, Bulgaria) Later on he falls in love with jazz and other contemporary styles and starts performing with local bands. During his high school years Plamen participates at a number of jazz festivals and concerts. Throughout his studies at the Academy of Music, Sofia, Bulgaria Plamen is also chosen as a pianist of The National Radio Big Band- Sofia, Bulgaria. A Berklee international scholarship tour brings Plamen to Boston where he founds a whole new world of musical adventures Here in the States Plamen has performed with artists such as Gene Perla, George Garzone, Hal Crook , Jimmy Cobb, Dave Liebman and many others. Influences include Eastern European folklore, Classical music including some 20th century composers, Jazz and other contemporary styles.

Album

Keep Swingin'

Label: Outside in Music
Released: 2024
Track listing: Keep Swingin’; Great Awakening; Bat Cave; Pine Needles; Mummy’s Curse; Bernie Burnola; A- 440; Nero; Pluto Language; Pelaghia.

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Dial and DeRosa: Keep Swingin'

Read "Keep Swingin'" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Keep Swingin', a splendid new album from pianist Garry Dial and drummer Rich DeRosa, features “the music of Charlie Banacos." Charlie who? you may ask. And the answer is, there are jazz educators, and then there was Charlie Banacos, whose talent and ingenuity in the classroom influenced and inspired countless jazz musicians for more than fifty ...

Album

Crossing Lines

Label: Mu Records
Released: 2008
Track listing: Crossing Lines; Night And Day; Rondo ala Bulgar; Like Sonny; Sianie; Frohleher Landman; Prelude in F; You Must Believe in Spring; The Island.

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Plamen Karadonev: Crossing Lines

Read "Crossing Lines" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone


Plamen Karadonev is a very likeable new pianist on the Boston scene. Originally from Bulgaria, he likes to combine his native folk and classical music with American jazz on his stimulating debut, Crossing Lines. The album is not without surprises, including the partial presence of Boston's George Garzone who gives a lesson or two ...

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Plamen Karadonev: Crossing Lines

Read "Crossing Lines" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson


Pianist and accordionist Plamen Karadonev has been down more than a few musical roads in his comparatively young life--playing folk music on television and radio in his native Bulgaria, studying classical music in Sofia, studying jazz at Berklee, gigging around Boston--and many of these meanderings are echoed in the varied music presented on Crossing Lines, his ...

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Plamen Karadonev: Crossing Lines

Read "Crossing Lines" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza


Plamen Karadonev is a multifaceted artist who began playing accordion when he was five, in his native Bulgaria. At first he was interested in Bulgarian folk music, but expanded his horizons to play the piano, listen to jazz and meld it with his native folk music when he was in his teens. A scholarship to Berklee ...

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Plamen Karadonev: Crossing Lines

Read "Crossing Lines" reviewed by Budd Kopman


Crossing Lines, the debut recording by pianist Plamen Karadonev (who also plays accordion), is a marvelous and continually surprising creation. While the music is mainstream at its base, it continually veers into complex harmonies and dramatic structures, bringing excitement and a delicious sense of danger.What might appear as a sudden supernova, Karadonev, who is ...


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