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BMS sponsored the exhibition of the Swedish author Fabian Edelstam “Trans Europa”

Under the patronage of the Ambassador of Sweden to Bulgaria, HE Ms. Louise Bergholm, Gallery 2.0 together with BMS, are pleased to present the exhibition by the Swedish author Fabian Edelstrom Trans Europe.

The exhibition is organized on the occasion of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. It traces the atmosphere and personalities of European history of the 20th century.

Many of the themes are borrowed from the history of the Balkans and Bulgaria in particular. In some cases, the works are based and inspired by the Bulgarian portraitist Dimitar Gudzhenov, such as the paintings of the two Bulgarian generals of the First World War, Major General Krustyu Marinov and General Danail Nikolaev.

There is a place for other powerful leaders like General de Gaulle, or Kemal Ataturk, reminding us of the courage in times when many demons from darker times reappear in European reality. The narrative is balanced by the female beauty in the face of Bridget Bardo and Princess Grace of Monaco.

Fabian Edelstam has always been attracted to history and impressed by Europe’s cultural heritage. His works are a combination of painting and photography of canvas – a mixed technique that uses the principle of the mosaic.

“By deconstructing the images and re-collecting them, the author seeks a deeper reality. Like moments captured by childhood memories or historical events, some pieces are inevitably lost, some replaced or stacked in a different sequence. As with human memory, there will always be inconsistencies and omissions – a process of disintegration. “Ms. Louise Bergholm.

Fabian Edelstrom was born in Stockholm where he studied at the prestigious Beckmans School of Design and then at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris. From the 90th he lives and works in Paris. His family is related to the famous Bulgarian artists abroad Jordi Papazov and Jules Pascens. His work is in the possession of the European Parliament, many others have met with the audience of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sweden, the Memorial Charles de Gaulle in France, the Parliament of Luxembourg, NATO, and belong to many private collections such as that of Prince Albert of Monaco , Swedish royal family, Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren and others.

Wednesday, November 21st, 2018 News No Comments

AB ORIENTE LUX – MUSIC OF ORTHODOX EAST

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Since the conversion to Christianity of Bulgaria – an important pro-European act, Orthodox music is also our music – Bulgarian, of the Bulgarian people, but also all-Balkan music of Europe. Music, which on our soil is originally converted and adapted to the liturgical texts of Old Bulgarian and other Old Slavic languages. An inherently unique project devoted to years of research in the field of orthodox music, presenting its most important works of all times. A team of specialists – musicologist and theologian, are engaged in the difficult task of finding, reading ancient manuscripts of chants from different monasteries, archives, stockpiles, and making them into contemporary sheet music of five scale notation.

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An ensemble of contemporary church singers – acolytes will perform musical pieces from the appearance of the notation in the X century, through the original works of St. John Kukusel – a symbol of the Bulgarian musical pride, the Athos and the Turnovo Literary Schools, to Rila singing school with a central figure, Neofit Rilski. A novelty in the project is the release of unusual musical examples that will sound for the first time. Among them is a musical stychiraire, kept in the Athenian National Library, commissioned and completed in 1367, during the reign of the pious Tsar Ivan Alexander. Another important musical monument from the same period is the obituary of Tsar Boril, whose transcript from the National Library in Sofia is the first Bulgarian manuscript written with Byzantium neumes. In the days of the Council in Ferrara, along with numerous treatises, St. Mark Eugenik, the great theologian of the Orthodoxy, wrote a musical manuscript. In this manuscript of 1438, which today is miraculously present in Sofia, are preserved unique and unpublished works of Constantine Assen, an artist whose identity poses many questions – a noble in the Byzantine court, writer-philosopher and hymnographer, coming from the Asenevtsi family. Songs and works from the IX to the XIX century will be recorded and published in a CD accompanied by a luxurious bilingual book edition. Completed by four concerts, the project will summarize the liturgical music used in the Bulgarian lands and influenced the development of Western European culture for over more than a millennium.

Concerts will take place in:

May 9 – Varna – City Art Gallery – 17h.

May 31 – Sofia – church “Holy Transfiguration of God” – 18h.

June 7 – Sofia – church “Ascension of the Holy Cross of the Lord”, Lozenets – 18h.

15 June – Sofia – church “St. Paraskeva” – 18h.

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018 News No Comments

BMS, in partnership with the French Cultural Institute and Kinomania, presented to the audience in Sofia and Varna the silent movie concert “The Boat of Lovers”

BMS, in partnership with the French Cultural Institute and Kinomania, presented to the audience in Sofia and Varna the silent movie concert “The Boat of Lovers”.

The show “The Lovers’ Boat”, was shown to a native audience on 14.11.2017 in Sofia and 18.11.2017 in Varna and opened this year’s edition of the movie festival “Kinomania”. This movie concert was conceived as a “mini opera”, as a series of music pictures that are commenting and complementing each other. It was an unexpected combination between a silent film of a great author in the history of European cinema, Jean Epstein, Bulgarian folklore choir and the trio of French jazz artists, led by the pianist Francois Rulan. The project is truly a European happening, a real symbiosis between impressionist cinema and the music of the eastern Balkans.”

“This music represents European jazz, which is different from the American jazz. Jazz has a lot of freedom and it is open to interpretation. We are self though, because we learn from the things we like and enjoy”, said Rullan. According to him, European jazz musicians have another culture: “I listen to a lot of ethno and folk music. When I heard the Bulgarian choir I was very impressed. Their album is now in the collection of every jazz musician.”

“We must be proud because it is very important, that our art is placed in a European context. We are all part of this world, for which we only speak of, but this is the way to see how we can collaborate together, to do a synthesis like this one tonight.”, the co-author of the project.”It was my decision to use this film as a link between French jazz and Bulgarian folklore, to give it a new life to this film after so many years.”

The event:

“The Lovers’ Boat” Film concert opened the festival “Cinemania” with French jazz and our folklore in silent cinema. The choice of film is not accidental. Although created 93 years ago, “The Lovers’ Boat” is woven by storyline, emotions and conflicts comparable to our times.

Emotions in ‘LaBelle Nivernaise’ are complicated and amplified by the magical power of Bulgarian voices as well as by the original compositions of the trio musicians. The result – an unseen osmosis between European jazz and the ability to use improvisation combined with eternal, timeless folk music.

Cinematography accompanies music, not the other way around, the project authors explained.

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 News No Comments