Ludmil Krumov and the Small Bulgarian Folk Jazz Orchestra – Cultural Collision


“Cultural collision is when a character experiences a period of growth from their exposure to a culture that is dissimilar to their own therefore altering their thoughts.”
(From the presentation ‘Cultural Collision’ by Suha Raza, Farryl Lawson, Faith Santos)Following the path of exploring the possibilities for fusing two geographically distant musical traditions, Bulgarian born jazz guitarist and composer Ludmil Krumov takes the listeners on a musical journey in his consecutive attempt to unite Bulgarian Folk Music and Jazz.
Each of the eleven compositions in the album is written in a specific traditional Bulgarian folk dance groove and mode, spiced up with a pinch of Bartok and Stravinsky, interpreted in a more contemporary improvisational jazz manner by a team of excellent jazz and folk musicians including Ludmil Krumov (guitar), Peyo Peev (gadulka), Zhivko Vasilev (kaval), Teodor Petkov (piano), Vasil Hajigrudev (double bass) and Borislav Petrov (drums).
Using a wide palette of musical colors “Cultural Collision” conveys the notion of uniting people and cultures emphasizing the similaritiesbetween them.The album was recorded in february 2022 at Doli Media Studio (Sofia/Bulgaria) by Ilian Apostolov, mixed by two-time Grammy-winning audio engineer, multi-platinum and gold record award recipient, and GMA and Junos award recepient Mike Marciano at Systems Two Recording Studio Long Island, New York, and mastered by multiple Grammy-winning audio engineer Dave Darlington at Bass Hit Recording Studio New York.


released July 1, 2022

Produced by Ludmil Krumov

Co-produced by Bulgarian Education and Culture Society Pchela, Los Angeles

Recorded at DoliMedia Studios Sofia by Ilian Apostolov (BG)
Edited by Ludmil Krumov (BG/NL)
Mixed by Mike Marciano at Systems Two Long Island NYC (USA)
Mastered by Dave Darlington at Bass Hit Recording NYC (USA)

Ludmil Krumov – guitar, compositions
Peyo Peev – gadulka (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,11)
Zhivko Vasilev – kaval
Teodor Petkov – piano
Vasil Hadjigrudev – bass
Borislav Petrov – drums

Original artwork by Nevyana Tsenkova