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Forward, forward Forward and always forward to feats and glory! An orchestra the three of us already form for dances and frolic. The three of us already form an orchestra most wonderful for dances and frolic. Forward, forward, Forward and always forward! The trumpet I will play and I will beat the drum, while Tomcat Moustakan will blow the saxophone. The world over ( the motley crowd) will be charmed by us. Good luck, godspeed for our endeavour! Forward, forward Forward and always forward! Forward!


”Modern Balkan Jazz with folklore roots“
-Mannheimer Morgen-

Music from Bulgaria is only rarely acknowledged as contribution to the development of jazz. A lack of knowledge and the absence of opportunities for listening to Bulgarian music foster this valuation. Whoever wanted to hear jazz from the Balkan sphere of influence played with virtuositiy at least had to travel to Vienna.

Alexander and Konstantin Wladigeroff founded a quintet with which they now can fill this knowledge gap, and this year’s „Inselsommer“ Festival at the beach of Ludwigshafen’s Parkinsel offers them a chance to perform and prove this.

In this small, almost family setting a sound spectacle takes place on the Rhein banks; imported Balkan folk dances create lightheartedness, still leaving space for an almost meditative concert atmosphere. In a stirring way, trumpet player Alexander Wladigeroff and his brother Konstantin on the piano combine their pleasure of playing and virtuosity. However, when the saxophonist Andrey Prozorov weaves his technically sophisticated, but still always melodic tone lines into the original compositions, the Wladigeroff band’s sound becomes so dense and intense that even the pitching of passing cargo boats fades into the background. Sure enough, without this rhythmic bed provided by bassist Philipp Moosbrugger, drummer Duchan Novakov, and the Turkish darbuka player Turgay Ucar, the charismatic front men could hardly perform with such confidence.

Unlike the other musician’s stylistic band, Dimitar Kararmitev is set with the folkloric pieces with his wooden kaval. That sonic sketches of rural ­village fairs are created is due to the characteristic flute sound and stereotype notions rather than to Karamitev’s way of playing. On the one hand, the musicians acoustically document their cultural heritage, on the other hand – with the folk dances based mostly on asymmetrical metres – they embed their other, modern compositions in a kind of recognizablility. Even stubborn purists will excuse a folk dance or more to anybody who performs complex jazz numbers, partly played at a breathtaking pace, with such souvereignity. Within the musical spectrum in this country, the Wladigeroff brothers band is a significant exception. Virtuous, unconventional, and with a pleasure of playing that is not only worth listening to.


released May 27, 2008

Produced by Alexander & Konstantin Wladigeroff

Design: schultz+schultz-mediengestaltung - www.schultzundschultz.at
Photography: Iskren Iliev “ISI” - www.iskren.at & Mario Lang

Cover and Booklet Artwork by www.julianado.com / www.xen.vargov.com
Alexander Wladigeroff plays D. Monette Trumpet and Flugelhorn - F. Besson

Recorded and Edited: February 15 -21 & March 29 , April 5 - 13 2007
“4tune audio production studio” by Martin Klebahn, Vienna, Austria, www.4tune.at
Mixed and Edited: June 28 - 30 & July 4 - 9 2007
“Feedback Studios” by Reinhard “WURZL” Buchta, Vienna, Austria, www.reinhardbuchta.com
Mastered: July 18 at “Quinton” by Andreas Rathammer
Total Time: 72:25

Special thanks to:
Harry Fuchs (ÖMF), Markus Lidauer (SKE), Harald Quendler “Extraplatte“, Georg O. Luksch, Christine Koblitz, Sebastian Schulenburg, Andreas Rathammer, Heinrich Schläfer “Quinton“, Martin Kleban, Robert (Robo) - 4tune Studio, Reinhard Buchta “Wurzl“, Andi and Renate Schultz, Mimi and Alva, Jeanette Pacher, Julkata, Andreas Felber, Dimitre Dinev, Iskren Iliev “ISI“, Xenia Vargova, Mario Lang, Kim Shina, Rumen Dimitrov, and last but not least Annie Staleva. To all musicians who took part in this album and enriched our music with their great talent and love: Merci and bon voyage to all of them. Ekaterina, Andrey, Dimitar, Dusan, Philipp Moosbrugger, Flip Philipp, Stoyan Yankoulov “Stundji“, Otto, Karlitschko, the colleagues from the Fidelio String Quartet, Kazutaka, Denise, Tomasz and Martin.

Many special thanks to :
My dear brother Sashko for his boundless love that gives me strength, confidence and hope in life. He is my ­PULSE! (Konstantin) To Mama Willy and Ketchen for their invariable optimistic encouragement and support with regards to “Wanderer in Love“. With deep appreciation! To my affectionate Brother Konstantin for the lyrical and extremely spiritual music he wrote, for the love and inspiration he put in the creation of our CD! HE IS THE BEST MAN IN THIS WORLD! (Alexander) To God in heavens for the spiritual power and happiness he has bestowed on us to compose music and live with music! “I dedicate this music with a smile and a tear“ (Toots Thielemans) This dedication of T. Thielemans’ album “The Brazil Project“ (1992) greatly appealed us. We think it completely fits our music and we will add: We dedicate our music to our ancestors and to our friends because they filled us with joy and pride, to love our kin!


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Wladigeroff Brothers Austria

The Wladigeroff Brothers descend from of one of Bulgaria‘s most prominent musical families.Their father Alexander P. Wladigeroff (1933-1993), was a composer and conductor, and the twins have a life-long commitment to music to look back upon. They both honed their skills at the University and at the Academy of Music in Vienna, and in Alexander’s case, also at the Royal Academy of Music in London ... more

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