Hristo Vitchez Quartet; Thursday, July 11, 2013


Hristo Vitchez Quartet
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Kuumbwa Jazz

“…sophisticated and adventurous…” – JazzTimes

A truly singular jazz guitar talent from Sofia, Bulgaria, Hristo Vitchev creates, as Jazziz magazine puts it, “impressionistic sound paintings.” Since his 2009 recording debut, Vitchev has toured across the globe and has nearly 300 compositions to his name.  Familiar Fields marks his fifth release as a leader. The album’s nine original compositions display the multidimensional tonality of his quartet, taking the listener through jazz, classical, new age, and experimental music, all-the-while retaining the shimmering harmonies and guitar lines that have brought Vitchev critical acclaim. This Kuumbwa concert is the official CD Release Concert for the new album, featuring Brazilian piano sensation and Latin Grammy Nominee Weber Iago, virtuoso bassist Dan Robbins, and drummer extraordinaire Mike Shannon.

Familiar Fields presents a unique blend of ECM-style modern jazz, classical and Brazilian tonal textures and showcases masterful melodic interpretations by each musician featured on the album.  The new material has been described as “the strongest Vitchev has written yet.”  As the San Jose Mercury News puts it, “Vitchev is an artist who wears his emotions on his sleeve…[providing] a master class in the way a chord of harmonic progression can evoke a flood of sensations.”

California Central Coasters may remember Vitchev’s seven-movement “The Perperikon Suite,” which premiered at the 2010 Monterey Jazz Festival and was inspired by the ancient Thracian city of Perperikon (located in present-day Bulgaria).  This work showcased the relationship between European classical and American contemporary jazz that makes his guitar playing and compositions so engaging…a theme that continues in his current recorded and live concert output.

Featuring local jazzers Dan Robbins and Mike Shannon on bass and drums, Vitchev’s quartet is sure to provide and exemplary foundation for the guitarist’s improvisations and dialogue with Brazilian pianist Weber Iago.  As JazzTimes states, “the musical bond between guitarist Hristo Vitchev and [Weber Iago] is as strong as that of Chick Corea and Gary Burton.”  The interplay of this foursome is highly intricate and waxes and wanes with intensity, beauty and passion. Sure to be an adventure in jazz improvisation!

Hristo Vitchez Quartet

DATE: Thursday, July 11, 2013
PLACE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 7:00 PM
PRICE: $15/Adv $18/Door
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at:
MORE INFO: or 831-427-2227 

Media contact:
Sandy Sloan

(831) 427-2227


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