Arcángel & Theodosii Spassov

Bratimene | Balkan Flamenco Tales

2013

A musical encounter between two geniuses who present an energetic and exquisite multi-flavoured dish of flamenco and Bulgarian rhythms. Flautist Theodosii Spassov is a master of improvisation on the kaval, the Bulgarian wooden shepherd’s flute. He is a storyteller, blending traditional Bulgarian folk music with jazz and classical music into his own unique, highly individual style. In this concert his rich musical world will join up with the extraordinary universe of cantaor Arcángel, who the critics unanimously praise as the heir of the late and great Enrique Morente.

He actually created a new musical genre.

Newsweek

…like a jam session between Ian Anderson and Thelonius Monk.

Chicago Tribune

What he manages to produce on his wooden flute is sensational.

Berliner Morgenpost

His work on the Kaval was nothing short of pure genius.

Howard Rovics

Spassov sounds like the late flutist and saxophonist Rahsaan Roland Kirk. Except Spassov plays a simple, rural shepherd’s flute.

Chris Nickson