Theodosii Spassov was born on March 4th, 1961. He began his early training on the kaval at the Kotel Music School and The Academy of Music and Dance in Plovdiv/Bulgaria. The kaval, an eight-hole wooden "shepherd" flute, is one of the oldest Instruments in Europe, rich in tone and technical possibilities. Theodosii Spassov has developed his own unique style of playing the instrument by synthesizing traditional folklore with jazz, fusion and classical music.
For over 20 years, Theodosii has toured all over Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Australia, Canada and United States. In 1994, he performed with Sofia Women's Radio Choir which was awarded with a Grammy award for "Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares". In April of 1995, "Newsweek" magazine recognized Theodosii Spassov as one of the most talented Eastern-European musicians in its "best of the East" article, noting that "Spassov… is not merely surviving the post-communist cultural wasteland. He has actually invented a new musical genre."
Theodosii Spassov has contributed to 20 CDs, four of his own, which have been noted worldwide. He has composed and performed numerous film scores including a French-Bulgarian feature film "Granitza", ("The Border") 1993. Also he recorded themes for films by Italian composers Carlos Siliotto and Ennio Morricone, entitled "An Italian Story" and "The Breakout of the Innocent". At the fourth European Jazz Night, Theodosii Spassov was a featured performer along with other jazz musicians, including Wynton Marsalis.
At home in Bulgaria, Theodosii Spassov is national figure and musical hero, and was recently honored with the "Music Artist of the Year" award. He is the Artistic Director of the world-renown "Philip Koutev
Ensemble Of Music, Drama And Dance”.
Theodosii is currently member of the company of the Irish music and dance "Riverdance"-(1998-2001). Now hi is a soloist of Bulgarian National Radio.
FELLOW ARTISTS HE WORKED WITH: Jazz Linia, Trio "Bulgarka", Dave Liebman, Dimitrios Vassilakis, Andy Sheppard, Yldiz Ibrahimova, Ennio Morricone, Jamey Haddad, Vesselin Nikolov, Albert Mangelsdorf, Mark Johnson, Ivo Papazov, Trilok Gurtu, Radio Sofia Orchestras, Kazumi Watanabe, Acoustic Version, Glen Velez, "Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares", Rabih Abou-Khalil, Milcho Leviev, Dionisis Savopulos, Vlatko Stefanovski, Miroslav Tadić.
Theodosii Spassov invented a new musical genre. The American magazine is absolutely right. The Bulgarian genius developed a completely new style of playing the KAVAL, which is a shepherd's flute consisting of wood and one of the oldest instruments in Europe. Theodosii gets everything out of his KAVAL when playing his unique compositions. They include elements of traditional folklore music as well as jazz, classical music and even pop. His very own way of playing has not only impressed audiences during his concerts and festival appearances, but also fellow musicians, who cooperated with Theodosii Spassov in the past years. Among them are Dave Liebman, Andy Sheppard, Yldiz Ibrahimova, Ennio Morricone, Jamey Haddad, Albert Mangelsdorff, Mark Johnson, Kazumi Watanabe and many others.With his amazing trio, Theodossi Spassovi performed in Argentina, Australia, Austria,Brazil, Canada, Finland, Germany, Greece, Holland, India, Israel, Japan, Nepal, Russia,Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, the U.K., the U.S. and of course in Bulgaria, where he is known as a national hero. All over the world, he is known as a GRAMMY WINNER (with "Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares", 1994), as a movie score composer and genius performer. His steadily growing fan community is addicted to his music.
Theodosii Spassov began studying the KAVAL at early age at The Academy Of Music and Dance in Plovdiv/Bulgaria. Source: Theodosii Spassov
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