Biography

was born in Sofia in 1977 and graduated from French high school in 1995 with a diploma. He started playing the saxophone at the age of 13 and was already performing concerts with a Bulgarian wind orchestra. He played jazz for the first time as a street musician in Sofia. During this time he performed both with big bands and with smaller formations and also played rock, soul and ska.

From 1995 to ’99 his musical home was the State Music Academy “Pantcho Vladigerov” in Sofia – Karparov had chosen jazz and popular music as his main subjects. In 1999 he began to study jazz at the Hamburg University of Popular Music, and successfully completed his studies at the Hanns Eisler University of Music in Berlin.

Participations in various festival events, numerous concerts and awards in Europe, India and Japan complete the picture of this versatile musician. He played with Theodosii Spassov, Milcho Leviev, Ivo Papasov, Okay Temis, Yaldaz Ibrahimova, Jiggs Whigham, Martin Lubenov, Gerard Presencer and John Hollenbeck, among others.

                      

SIMON RAINER

was born on November 29th, 1982 in Meran – Italy and grew up there. The love for music was evident from early childhood.

At the age of 8 he started playing the violin and 2 years later he switched to the guitar. Since the age of 14 he has been playing in bands of various styles including heavy metal, rock, blues and reggae. At the age of 16 he was already performing concerts at international reggae festivals.

From 2001 to 2004 he attended a three-year course for jazz and popular music at the Tyrolean State Conservatory in Innsbruck. In the same year he enrolled at the Vienna Conservatory Private University to complete his bachelor ‘s degree.

In 2007 he was nominated in Orvieto for the Berklee Award Group Price in the electric guitar category on the occasion of the opening of the Umbria Jazz Winter Festival 2007/2008.

From 2008 to 2010 he completed his master’s degree at the University of Music – Jazz Department of the Music Academy of the City of Basel with Wolfgang Muthspiel. In addition to his studies, he attended summer workshops by international jazz greats such as: Wolfgang Muthspiel, Peter Bernstein, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Mark Turner, Bobby McFerrin, Karl Ratzer, Aron Goldberg, Esperanza Spalding, Adam Nussbaum, Andy Middleton, Dino Govoni, Jim Kelly and many more

ANDREAS BRUNN

Born in Weimar in 1964, he has been playing the clarinet since he was six, began to learn the guitar at the age of fourteen and has been a musician in bands of various styles ever since. Andreas Brunn studied guitar and music theory at the “Franz Liszt” University of Music in Weimar.

His composition “Two Faces” was awarded 1st prize in the Open Strings guitar composition competition in 1999, advertised throughout Germany by the specialist magazine AKUSTIKGitarre. In 1996 he reached 2nd place in the final round of the German Folk Prize.

The guitarist has given concerts at various European and Asian festivals and has worked with Petri Hakala, Stoyan Yankoulov, Ateshan Husseinov, Uli Bartel, Mack Goldsbury, Ralf Siedhoff, Ferenc Snetberger and gives concerts with a solo program. Andreas Brunn took conga lessons with Topo Gioa and teaches percussion using the Ta-Ke-Ti-Na method. In 2003 he received a scholarship from the Senate Administration for Science, Research and Culture, Berlin in Bulgaria and in 2008 also received a scholarship in Finland.

In summer 2004 and 2007 he was the artistic director of the EU-supported project “Young Music Caravan Europe”, which traveled 7,500 km with young musicians from Europe and made guest appearances at renowned festivals in a large number of countries.