The pianist, composer, arranger, bandleader and producer Milcho Leviev will be performing in Blagoevgrad in early spring. On March 30, 2018, his performance is scheduled at this year’s edition of the Blagoevgrad Blues & Jazz festival.
Leviev, who is 80 years old, jokingly told The Sofia Globe, he had “evoked all my courage and decided to do a quartet appearance with Greek musicians.” He lives in Thessaloniki and therefore has excellent contacts within the Greek music world.
After fleeing communist Bulgaria in 1970, Milcho Leviev played with absolutely everyone in the Jazz community, including Don Ellis, Art Pepper, Herbie Mann, Al Jarreau, Dori Caymmi and Billy Cobham. He also pursued his own projects, such as his group Free Flight, which by now is just as legendary as Leviev himself. On top of that, he released solo albums.
The intriguing life story of Milcho Leviev will also be part of the book “Bulgarian Jews: Living History”, the English version of which will be released on March 10, 2018. A summary can be read here.
Apart from Milcho Leviev, the event will feature the Bulgarian-Turkish vocalist Ilduz Ibrahimova, the Bulgarian National Radio Big Band, the Sofia Blues Band, as well as other artists.
Blagievgrad Blues & Jazz will take place at Orfen Hall at Makedonia Park in Blagoevgrad.