28 May 2012 (Monday) - 15:54

Miroslav Ivanov

Miroslav Ivanov is undoubtedly one of the most famous and respected guitar players and musicians based in Bulgaria. From 1997 to 2007 he worked as a live performer and a studio musician for the biggest names in the country; Stefan Valdobrev, Dony and Momchil, Arabel Karajan, Vasil Naidenov, Dynamite Brass Band, D2, Elitza Todorova and Stoyan Yankulov, Mitko Sterev and the German band “ De Phazz”. Miroslav Ivanov established his first band DVX while he attended Secondary School of Music in Shumen, Bulgaria. With DVX he recorded his first album before he moved to Sofia to study for the next five years at the “ Pancho Vledigerov Music Academy” to obtain a BA and MA degree in 1998. During this time he has become a member of Balls Band, with which he played guitar in the famous TV show “ How are we going to catch up with them?”. In 1999 he co-founded and composed most compositions in the well known, at that time, funky-jazz orientated band called “Infinity”. The result was the release of their two albums: “ Happy Man Blues” and “ As Much As It Is”, performed at the esteemed jazz festivals in Bulgaria and in Leipzig, Germany. In 2001 Miroslav and friends decided to establish a band called SAFO. With their first and only album “ Wheel of Dreams”, they won the BG Radio’s New Band Discovery of the Year Award in 2003 and in 2004 they became The Band Of The Year 2004 voted by , BG Radio's audience. In 2008 Miroslav was invited to join an award-winning alternative Irish rock band called AMORIC. As a guitarist and leading composer he recorded compositions with Grammy nominated US producer Bruce Sugar in Dublin’s Temple Lane Studios. The band played at many Irish festivals and at SolFest in England. In 2011 Miroslav came back to Bulgaria to record his own instrumental music album and in 2012 he became a member of “ Music Clinic Records” label based in Bulgaria. In 2013 Miroslav established “ Miroslav Ivanov Quarted”. Miroslav’s band features Milen Kukosharov (keyboard), Dimitar Semov (Drums), Radoslav Slavchev (Bass). In March the band recorded and released the album “Directions” under the“ Music Clinic Records” label. Later that year “ Miroslav Ivanov Quarted” went on a national tour with the debut album, considered by many as “World Music” with Jazz and Blues elements.