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A fun and revolutionary music band from Spain? BGKO - Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra is an international ensemble based in Barcelona with a particular style that comes from klezmer, jazz and romani music. BGKO has also been inspired by the eclectic music scene from Barcelona and from Latin-American melodies. Eastern Europe is represented in their music mixed with the metropolitan spirit that only a city like Barcelona can bring.

'Imbarca' (which means 'Embarkation' in Romanian) its BFKO first album. A musical work containing both original compositions of the band as versions of popular classics. The album has a 'live' spirit that make the band "feel like home" when they are on the stage.

Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra has been thrilling audiences all over Europe with their vibrant show of traditional and popular music from Eastern Europe. Now, BGKO will give for the first time a concert in Bulgaria, that will happen in the mark of 13th IN THE PALACE Sofia International Short Film Festival, Bulgaria, on the 13th of December at the Hall 3 of the National Palace of Culture (NDK).

Start at 22h00. Doors open at 21h30 | Tickets▶
Promo: 10 BGN (first 100 tickets) | Standard: 15 BGN | On doors: 20 BGN



O Trance Do Mimo


A musical journey from France to Portugal. Lisbon was the city that saw their first performances in the streets and their progressive growth as a band. Different backgrounds that make their sound fresh and new. Their history fascinated directors Naima Le Cesne&Ines Alves, who decided to make a short film about their lives expending a day with them, 'Fish&Chips' is one of the short films that will take part in the official selection of the 13 In The Palace International Short Film Festival . 

O Trance Do Mimo will be the opening band for the festival on the 8th of December at the Hall 3 in the National Palace of Culture (NDK) in Sofia. For sure they will bring the street spirit and bohemian feelings that their music represents.

Start at 22h00. Doors open at 21h30 | Tickets▶
Promo: 7 BGN (first 100 tickets) | Standard: 10 BGN





Blues is a teacher. Punk is a preacher. Everything is emotions and energy, experience and talent, soul and intellect. Exciting things are happening when these things clash. Bob and Lisa have founded BellRays on 1991. They want you to listen to music and feel good. So they took everything they knew about it; about The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, The Who, about Ramones, Billie Holiday, Lou Rawls, Hank Williams, Jimmy Reed, Led Zeppelin, not to name too little and pushed it into action. 

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Saskia Laroo, hailed by American public and press at large as "Lady Miles of Europe", is one of the few women trumpet stylists, blowing for more than three decades. Born July 31, 1959 in Amsterdam, she began on trumpet at age 8, never dreaming of becoming a professional musician. That all changed when Saskia, turned 18, after briefly majoring in Mathematics at University of Amsterdam switched her focus to a career in music. She worked extensively in various groups from this point, primarily on upright bass, though eventually, on both bass and trumpet. Saskia Laroo combines today's music by uncontrived romps into new styles, eagerly limned as "nu jazz" or "swingin' body-music" - a vivacious blend of hip-hop, jazz, salsa, funk reggae, and world, that many other artists dare not venture. Her artistry and her groove ring vibrantly and free on her four albums journeying us through the music she has absorbed and plays from heart and soul.

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In the band "Karandila Junior" are playing gypsy children and most of them are the inheritors of the musicians of the huge orchestra, called "Karandila". The junior orchestra consists of 14 children, who are aged between 10 and 18. They play together from the beginning of the last year, but have already been getting their big pieces of success. Their first foreign performance takes place in Vienna in April. Then the Municipality of Sliven finances the orchestra band's travelling to Austria. The children take part in the festival of Balcanic Music and they play a whole concert in the Vienna Ost Club. After that they go touring in Germany and Hungary. The stage costumes of the orchestra players are made according to a special design project. The reportoire of the young people is already hour and a half. Their leader is Angel Tichaliev.

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The first CD of the band “Sinus” was released on 2002. During 2004 they developed a certain style with their new album “Transistor”, which was impossible to find in Hungary those days – experimental rock. The band presented the album with a live tour in Russia, Germany, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Serbia, Austria, Italy and Romania. A unique visual spectacle makes their concerts worth to remember. During the autumn 2007, their third album “Microtron” was released. Pozvakowski are nominated for “Hangsúly Metal Award 2007” in two categories (the live performance of the year and the album of the year).


His style is a unique mixture of folk and jazz. We know him as a virtuosic performer of flute who can play all the folkloric melodies. His performances are a synthesis between traditional folk, jazz and classical music. He is well known for his original ideas for the implementation of which he gathers musicians of various genres. In a project with Heavenly Strings, he collects nuances of European classical music and traditional Balkan songs all mixed up with the innovatory spirit of jazz. 

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Diana Miro is the new name of previously well known Hvoya. She got her first musical lessons at the age of 3 years old when her parents (professional pianists) began to foster love for the music in their child. After having gotten classical music education, Hvoya started her independent electronic career in 2007. As a result of her creative work, an unusual mix of a vibrant feminine vocal, refined dm-beats and romantic acoustic melodies has appeared. During the last two years Hvoya has got on well in recording collab album with Ukrainian chill-out project Zymosis (released on Sunline Rec, USA), producing several tracks with Jukeen in Slovenia and Portuguese project Hexagon Heaven (Francisco Godikinho), taking part in several big events (including International Firework Festival 2008). In February, 2009, Hvoya released her first solo album Flower. A debut "plate" was released on I, Absentee experimental music label in the USA.


Anticapitalistic, socially committed, with left-wing orientation, the urban rock and roll band from Kragujevac is formed in 2006. Their music is combined by different genres - hardcore, hip-hop, blues, funk. Through the sound and lyrics of their songs, Contradicta and its members are striving to present the spirit of the serbian young people,the rights of every single person, who is trying to find piece in this heavy paced and foreign world, in which everybody lives in and to fight against the biggest corporations, who are earning money no matter how. The revolution is not going to be shown on televisions, it starts from the smallest streets. The band's members are Marko Jovanovich (drums), Stanko Milachich (bass), Darko Batich Djordjevich (guitar), Bogdan Tsvetkovich (vocal). At the time the band is recording their first album.

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Nobody really knows who are Pistamashina exactly. Speculations are flooding the fans with sources of information, yet despite the diverse theories the information remains unclear. In general, the theories and rumor revolve around several possible versions: 
1. Pistamashina is a band of alien agents in disguise that work for an unknown civilization. 
2. Pistamashina is an experiment of a secret international organization with the support of governments of the most developed industrial countries in the world.


Maestro Milcho Leviev called Darinka Tzekova "one of the most original events in Bulgarian music", her talent he compares with that of musicians such as Ivo Papazov, Theodosii Spassov and Yildiz Ibrahimova. Darinka acquired a reputation as a soloist of the Ensemble "Philip Kutev" and most successful Bulgarian ethno-fusion band Bulgara. During the recent years she had featuring performances with Milcho Leviev, Peter Ralchev, Theodosii Spasov, Peter Erskine, Yotis Kiortsoglu, Vicky Almazidu, Vlatko Stefanovski, sang as a partner of the German star Xavier Nayduu in Seine Strassen Tour and recorded together with Hubert von Goyzeren, Zap Mama and the American group Queen Ester. The project, which will be presented at the festival in Balchik is called "Sharena salt" and combines ethno funk and rock in an inimitable way. She plays along with the folowing performers:

Borislav Rashkov - bass Strahil Gaydarski - guitar George Bakardzhiev - drums Petyo Kostadinov - bagpipes


Kottarashky is nickname of Nikola Gruev, an architect by education, born in Sofia in 1979. After several years of experience in digital music and sampling, he publishes some of his songs on Myspace. Western labels shows interest, and so in November 2009 the debut album "Opa Hey" appears for the world, issued by the Asphalt tango records (Berlin). This label keeps serious traditions in the Balkan and Eastern European music, and works with performers within stand out the names of Fanfare ciocarlia, Mahala rai banda, La cherga and others. The album achieved good success: it stays for 5 months in the European chart for ethno music - World Music Charts Europe, reaching third place for the month of February and in March was announced as album of the month by the great world music journalist Charlie Guillait working for BBC. Some pieces have already been issued in compilations.In March 2010 Kottarashky Live Band has been formed with the idea that the music from the album to be performed live. The result is a quite different sound and new arrangements in which each member of the band contributes with his talent.

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Four years have past since the debut album "Genetik Gift" and Beat Dis has now released "Keep Still". The Band who originates from Szombathely in Hungary, could be classified as a trip-ho/rock/hip-hop formation. While touring Hungary they have supported dZihan & Kamien, DJ Vadim and Little Axe, they proved to audiences that they are definitely capable of bringing the magnificently mixed and greatly collected standard of the "Genetik Gift" album to the stage.
The group's instrumentation has been compared to that of The Roots, their vocals to Morcheeba, singer/composer Tamas Csigo to Tricky and the overall sound to that of Massive Attack. In truth, however, these comparisons barely scratch the surface, as can be heard on new album ‘Keep Still!'
Two tracks from ‘Keep Still!' - "Just Like" and "Criminal" - were included on a Beck's beer/Chameleon Records promotional compilation of which 90.000 copies were distributed, while "Just Like" was one of the first videos played on Hungarian MTV and reached no.1 in the national MTV and radio charts.

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Tri O Five is a Bulgarian band that enjoys a wide popularity in their live shows. The band members are: Ilin Grivishki-DJ Ilko, Desislav Ivanov – Deso, Antoniy Rikev-Ya Tony and Michael Fleming. Their music can be emotional, specified as “funky, groovy and sexy rhythm”. The final mix contains traces of various musical backgrounds and accumulated experience throughout the years, a fusion of house, funk, jazz and soul.


The band Bliks was founded in Kragujevac, in September 2009 in cooperation with many local musicians with different music influences. In their promo album "The Beats" dominating are the acoustic instruments - double-bass, guitar, Udu drum combined with female and male vocals. The band is inspired with different musical directions: Blues, Slow Jazz, Drum & Bass, Etno etc. Their promo material was recorded at "Wild Cat" studio in Kragujevac. The band has no fixed formation. Milos Petrovic, as music and lyrics author, and Tijana Radojevic, as lead vocal, are the framework of Bliks and other members vary from time to time. At the moment, Bliks are: Milos Petrovic (bass, acoustic guitar); Tijana Radojevic (lead vocal); Aca Pejcic (piano, keyboard); Sasa Rankovic (drums, percussions).

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Bluba Lu (Dimitar Paskalev and Konstantin Katsarski) are one of the most innovative and profiled Bulgarian formations in the new millennium. Being pioneers of the Bulgarian “underground movement” and “culprits” of the life’s infusion with the modern Bulgarian music, they have released four albums: Bluba Lu in Wonderland” in 2001, “MOOGaMOOD” in 2002, “Re:Verb” in 2004 and their last album  - “World Melancholy” in 2007.

Panican Whyasker successfully mixes Rock / Alternative / Indie and during the past years they have become a very popular and loved band with a large amount of appearances in clubs and various festivals all over Bulgaria. Their first album R’N’R Coma (2000) is awarded for “The Best Debut” from the annual music awards of television channel MM. Their second album Digital Zombie (2001) won an award as “The Best Rock Album” again at the channel MM. In 2005, Eastern European Monkeys was released and despite being recorded only in English, it won the award of “The Best Rock Album” once more.

Imbeciles & the Poison Umbrella are an electro-punk band, founded by Ivaylo Stoyadinov and Naso Ruskov from Babyface Clan in 2003 (initially titiled Imbeciles). At the end of the same year they departed to London together with the drummer Roko. There they signed a contract with an indie label Only Lovers Left Alive, founded by Marko Pironi – the legendary guitarist of Adam and the Ants and one of the main figures of the first punk wave in Britain during the second half of the 70ties. The band spent five years in London where they were a support of one of the tours of Placebo in Britain.

The artistic alternative band from the capital of the notorious Bulgaria. They have toured the Eastern Europe (Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Macedonia, Serbia and others) as well as been supporting Stereo MC's, Asian Dub Foundation, Transglobal Underground and others. Their album “Romantica” won a record number of nominations for musical awards from radio and television shows in Bulgaria and was supported by energetic and captivating live performances.

Apo&Nevena is an incarnation of style and contrasting mix of sounds. Their artistic styles cross in 2003 when the two take part in the rock band “Utopia” (“Утопия”). A huge plus to the band appears to be the long experience of Apo as a drummer. His presence on the stage at the drums makes the performance of Apo&Nevena fresh and active. Nevena is the one behind the lyrics and vocal. They are characterized with a strong emotionality, cross-cutting ideas and thoughts that often give a reason for the listeners to cross the border of trivial topics and to plunge in the deep and pure human feelings.

Irfan is a Bulgarian Ethereal wave, World and Medieval band. The music of Irfan has invited for a mythical journey in and beyond time, a message presented in a poetic way in the language of the heart. The music of Irfan is greatly influenced by the spiritual and folk music of Bulgaria, the Balkans, Persia, Caucasus, the Middle East and the Northern Africa as well as the spiritual heritage of Byzantium and the Europe in Middle Ages in order to construct their unique style. The musicians play on traditional (Bulgarian, Balkan, oriental, Persian and Indian) instruments and the ones of Middle Ages as well as use the vocal techniques of the same region, intertwined in a delicate, atmospheric electronic sound.

Root Souljah is the first Bulgarian reggae band. The artists define the style as reggae with an influence of hip-hop and dub music and don’t hide their fascination with the Rastafarian movement in Jamaica, the idol of which is Bob Marley. The core of the band was formed at the end of 2005 in Sofia. Four songs were written at the beginning, and later the core of three was accompanied by the Deazee Crew.

Surmata Harry's Coptor Mix is a project derived from the band Shkoda (Шкода), which was a hit for melomans at the beginning of the decade. Shkoda made an exclusive reunion in the December of 2008, when they made a joint concert with the titans Cherry Poppin’ Daddies. The high interest provoked in the audience fully reaffirms the position of the musicians as one of the most preferred live bands in Bulgaria.

Akaga (Акага) is one of the most popular bands in Bulgaria. Founded by students of the Academy of Music in 1990, the band quickly became famous while managing to create a new modern sound. The song Airport of their debut album Broken Dreams is received with huge success, becoming the best-selling single of the year. The unbelievable success is also rewarded with the award of “The New Band of The Year” by the journal Rhythm (Ритъм). The album Why reveals their development as musicians, combining authentic Balkan folk with modern techno sound. Their successful album LIVE is recorded after the leave of the drum player and co-author of the band Christian Alexandrov.

LEEPRA DeLUXE is a band that managed to become a true phenomenon in the Bulgarian underground scene. The band is strongly influenced by various musical genres, such as Surf, Garage-Beat, Trash Punk and Industrial, mixed with an electronic sound. Due to the combination of the genres, their style is hard to specify with the known terminology. LEEPRA DeLUXE is founded in 2000 as a side project of Boby Strukanski (bass guitarist of one of the most popular Bulgarian bands in the 90’s – Baby Face Clan), Kosyu (Bluba Lu) on drums, Bebo (Urban Grey) on vocals and guitar.

Well known due to their specific electro-acoustic sound, R.O.B.T.F. (Robot Orbital Base Techno Factory) is one of the most recognizable bands on the Bulgarian musical scene. Their style cannot be easily defined, but most often it is connected to drum n bass, breakbeat, jungle and elements of ghoa. The band is an innovator in the development of electronic music, including LIVE instruments such as drums, keyboards, guitars and vocals.

An alternative pop/rock band from Bulgaria that strikes the Bulgarian music scene with innovative songs in respect of both music and lyrics. PIF (“П.И.Ф.”) also stands out with unbelievable live performances, combining passion for improvisation with the artistic talent of Dimo’s vocal, altogether creating an incredible feeling for their fans. In December 2005 they successfully toured Europe, including live shows in Germany and France. Their first album “P.I.F.” has been declared the “Album Of The Year” in the Annual Musical Awards in 2001. Another success of the band are four more nominations for music awards of the radio “Tantra” (“Тангра”) as well as a nomination for the music awards of the television channel “Forte” (“Форте”).

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