Sofia Drum Fest

Sofia Drum fest

Sunday Jun 2 13:30–23:30
pl. Bulgaria 1, NDK, Galleria Underpass

The event is full-day and includes several of the so called drum clinics, ending with a concert by the recently awarded Music Radar “# 1 for best Clinician / Educator” German – ANIKA NILLES.
Sofia Drum fest


Sunday, June 2 13:30–23:30


pl. Bulgaria 1, NDK, Galleria Underpass

40 Leva


“Sofia Drum Fest” is the first ever drums-dedicated festival in Bulgaria. The event will happen during the whole day of 2nd of June and will mainly consist of drum clinics. If you don’t know what drummers call “clinic”, synonyms are “workshop” or a “masterclass”. In other words we’re going to play and talk about drums the whole day. The festival will have 7 different acts. Some of the best Bulgarian drummers will share stage with one big name in the drummer’s world.

Tickets are available in the system of EpayGO and on all cashiers of EasyPay in Bulgaria.

All the announced artists:
Anika Nilles is a German drummer, songwriter, and producer who gained immense popularity from her high-quality and original compositions on YouTube. She is as well a solo artist touring through Europe, China and North America. She started drumming at the age of 6, and went on to study music at the University of Popular Music and Music Business in Mannheim, in addition to studying with some well-known teachers like Claus Hessler.

Anika has released various singles, as well as her debut album, “Pikalar”, which climbed it’s way toward the top of the charts all across the world.

She won the award of “Best Up and Coming Artist” through Modern Drummer Magazine Readers Poll, and “#1 Rising Star” in DRUM! Magazine in 2015 and 2016. Twice she made it to the #2 spot for “Best Fusion Drummer” by Modern Drummer, and lately she won #1 for best Clinician / Educator by Music Radar.

Anika is going to do a full-length drum clinic and the a full show, playing her original compositions. Some of the topics included will be:

How to build good hand technique, subdivision studies, solid timing, groove articulation, odd times, musically playing style, dynamics and orchestrations, single pedal foot speed and technique, how to set up a practise session,how to set up the drums for recordings, how to mic a drumset, how to record yourself, quick mix of the drum set, Business: mind set, what you need for promotion, how to promote yourself ,how to organize yourself.

-The Legendary Professor Hristo Yotsov is the last one from the Bulgarian drummers on Sofia Drum Fest. He is the leading teacher in drums and percussion in the National Academy of Music, Sofia since 1989. He’s going to share with us some of his experience in the last 30 and more years with drums, music, musicianship, studying drums and so on. He may even talk about the other Bulgarian drummers on the Festival as most of them have learnt drums with him.
Hristo Yotsov was born in 1960 in Sofia in the family of
pro musicians. He finished his studies at the National Music School
and later at the State Academy of Music in Sofia in the class
of percussion instruments of Prof. d-r Dobri Paliev.
His jazz career starts in 1982 with Simeon Sterev’s “Jazz Focus quartet”.In 1984 with Anthony Donchev he formed the “Acoustic version” group which won the two most prestigious european competitions for jazz – Hoeilaart-Belgium 1985 and Leverkusen-Germany 1986 with the title “European jazz artists of the year”.
Hristo Yotsov has been playing with different jazz formations in Bulgaria, Europe, India, Canada and Japan with fine artists as Andy Scofield, Tommy Smith, Reggie Workman, Theodossii Spassov, Milcho Leviev, Yildiz Ibrahimova, Alexia, Sergey Manukyan, Reiner Wintershlagen, Adam Pieronchik, Gunter Baby Sommer, Erick Prost, Tim Garland, Steve Hamilton, Roberto Magris, Anke Helfrich, Reggie Workman, Bennie Maupen, Steve Slegle and many others.
During the period 1982-1989 he was drummer and arranger of the Big Band of the Bulgarian National Radio.
From 1989 he is a head of the class of drums in the jazz department of the National Academy of Music, professor.
1999 awarded as a “Jazz musician of the Year” at the National
Music Awards.
2004 -1st price at the competition for a new bulgarian composition with the Concerto for marimba and symphony orchestra in Plovdiv.
Hristo Yotsov composed music for different jazz projects, films, theatres as well as classical pieces:
“The beginning” for clarinet, drums and chamber orchestra /1999/, Concerto for clarinet/2002,”Eufonia”Italy/,
Concerto for oboe/2004,”Gerard Billaudot, Paris/,
Concerto for marimba /2004/.,
Piano Concerto “The Spirit of Jazz” 2012,
”Musical moments” for two pianos and two percussion and others.
Over than 30 CD albums.

Boyan Bonzy Georgiev – also known as “Bonzy from Odd Crew” is one of the most active drummers in the Bulgarian drummers society. He’s paying different styles but mostly metal & rock, he has a lot of experience with blues too, touring for 7 years with Vasko The Patch, starting from his early teens. Bonzy started playing drums when he was 8, in the beginning self-thought later on finished the Musical Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria in the class of proffesor Hristo Yotsov. Started teaching drums a year before he finished his education, founded the “Bonzy Drum School” later in his career.
Bonzy will do a really ordinary drum clinic, he’s going to play a couple of songs, do a solo, show some exercises, talk and answer questions from the audience. The topics included will be: hand, foot technique and how to be able to play all the “must-know” things in drums but still have a specialty that you’re best in.

Emil Tasev is a jazz/blues drummer from Sofia, Bulgaria. He has a huge experience in other styles such as Blues, Rock, Fusion and Latino. He finishes his study in the National Academy of Music in 2000, earlier he joins Poduene Blues Band and tours all across the country from a really early age. He is developing his musical career outside of Bulgaria too and once he even played at the world’s best – Montreux Jazz Festival, Switzerland. Emil has gigs with Steve Hamilton, who has played with drummers such as Billy Cobham and Bill Bruford.
Tasev is actively teaching. He’ll present his first drum book “The Drummer’s Pulse”, he’ll play a couple of songs, he’ll talk about jazzy stuff and “how to play with brushes”. Emil Tasev and Boyan Bonzy Georgiev will do a drum duet.

Rosen Vatev is one of the busiest session drummers in Bulgaria, he plays with Tube Hedzzz, JEREMY?, Bobo & The Gang, Анимационерите, with artists like Lili Ivanova and many others. Rosen Vatev will play a couple of songs, will talk and will answer questions from the audience. The topics included will be: what is like to play with so many different artists and bands, how he first started in music and what is the connection between the different generations of drummers.

Vassil Voutev is a multi-instrumenatalist, he finished the Music School in Sofia with percussions and went to study in Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Netherlands. There he started his career as a session drummer. He has worked with names such as: Saskia Laroo Band, Colonel Red, Mark De Clive-Lowe, Jeff Holley, Frank McComb and many others. Since he returned to Bulgaria he is working with Dayo, Plastic Hi Fi, D2, Maria Ilieva, Mihaela Fileva and with the American projects James & Black и Kan Wakan. Vassil is going to play a couple of songs, talk and answer questions. The topics included will be coordination, independence and “how to play to a backing track”.

Yambadon is the first Bulgarian band dedicated to West African drumming. The formation was started as a open djembe circle in 2008 by several prolific Bulgarian percussionists, who started teaching djembe to a group of drumming enthusiasts. The band has performed in front of different audiences, including club gigs, festivals, workshops, social support concerts and private events in Bulgaria and abroad. Over the years, there were several incarnations of the band, but the current formation is lead by Deyan Petrov (Dizzata) – well known Bulgarian percussionist, drummer and educator.

-More artists to be announced soon!

There are four categories of tickets:
-Early Triplet Ticket – 30 BGN – until 10th of April
-Flammadiddle Ticket – 35 BGN – from 11th to 17th of April
-Paradiddle Ticket – 40 BGN – from 18th of April to 1st of June
-Quintuplet Ticket – 50 BGN – in the day of the festival and in the venue.

***The tickets are only 450 so don’t wait until the last moment.

***Kids under 10 years of age does NOT need a ticket!

****The festival is organised by “Musician’s Destiny” Foundation & Boyan Bonzy Georgiev


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