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THURSDAY, OCT 10 2013, 07:30 PM

The "Buster Keaton of the double bass," Georg Breinschmid, returns to the ACFNY with his trio formation, Brein’s Café. One of the most versatile and virtuoso bassists on the international jazz scene, Breinschmid has been invited to participate in UCLA’s inaugural European Jazz Festival. With the brilliant Bulgarian pianist Antoni Donchev and saxophonist Vladimir Karparov, this trio dives into Breinschmid’s incredibly creative and wide-ranging compositions and improvisations.

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Georg Breinschmid, bass
Vladimir Karparov, saxophone
Antoni Donchev, piano

Georg Breinschmid
(Photo by Julia Wesely), born 1973 in Austria, is one of the leading Austrian jazz musicians on the international stage. He studied classical double bass at the Universitiy of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. During his studies he played in various Viennese orchestras (Vienna Philharmonic, Vienna Symphiny etc.) as well as in chamber music ensembles like „Kontrapunkte“ and „Die Reihe“. At the same time, he started to play jazz, his true passion, and collaborated with various jazz musicians, among them Zipflo Weinrich, Archie Shepp, Charlie Mariano, Kenny Drew Jr., Bireli Lagrene, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Triology and Megablast. He has been nominated for and granted several awards, such as the Hans Koller Award in various categories. From 2003 on, he was increasingly active as composer, with a particular affinity to Viennese Music.  Insiders and critics alike consider Georg Breinschmid’s unorthodox compositions as the most interesting new development in contemporary jazz. His compositions are performed and recorded by ensembles such as „Amarcord Wien“, the ensemble „Bass Instinct“ and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. In 2010 his trio Brein’s Café performed together with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna live at the Europe-wide televised opening of the Wiener Festwochen (Vienna Festival).

More information >> georgbreinschmid.com

Vladimir Karparov
, born 1977 in Bulgaria, studied saxophone at the French School "Alphonse de Lamartine" and the “National Academy of Music” in Sofia, with jazz and popular music as his main areas of concentration. He was granted an “Oscar und Vera Ritter-Stiftung“ scholarship at Hamburg’s Hochschule für Musik und Theater (HfMT). Playing as a street musician during his studies, he developed his skills of improvisation and deepened his passion for music. Also, Bulgarian folk music became an essential and irrevocable component of his music. In 2002 he moved to Berlin to continue his studies at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” and graduated in 2005 with a degree in saxophone and teaching. He participated in various festivals and concerts in Europe, Asia and Latin America and has collaborated with musicians such as with Ivo Papasov, Jiggs Whigham, Nedyalko Nedyalkov, Theodossi Spassov, Kenny Wheeler, Petar Ralchev, John Hollenbeck, Stoyan Yankoulov, Gebhard Ullmann, Peter Herbolzheimer, Martin Lubenov, Uwe Kropinski, Amira Medunjanin, Georg Breinschmid, Aka Moon Trio, Peter Slavov Junior, Antoni Donchev and many more. In 2008 Karparov released his debut album as a leader “Thracian Dance”. In 2009 he founded his second own project - the Forkolor Saxophone Quartet. The new Fokolor CD will be released in 2013.

Antoni Donchev, born 1959 in Bulgaria, works as a pianist, composer, arranger, and conductor. In the mid 1980s he founded the “Accoustic Version” jazz formation, which participated in several major jazz festivals and has been granted with various prestigious Bulgarian jazz awards, including the Grand Prix at the Jazz Contest in Belgium (1985) and the Grand Prix of the International Jazz Federation (1986). Alongside with activities with "Acoustic Version", Antoni Donchev realizes projects with musicians from Europe and the US (Kenny Wheeler, George Garzone, Tomasz Stanko, Tommy Smith, Glen Moore, Georg Breinschmid, Vladimir Tarasov, Petras Vysniauskas, Reiner Winterschladen, Eric Vloeimans, Lars Danielson, Ivo Papazov, Zoltan Lantos, Andy Schofeild, NDR Big Band a. o.), performs as a guest pianist at home and abroad, promotes piano concerts, performs and records together with Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra and composes music for cinema and theater. In 2010 Antoni Donchev started a piano class at The National Academy of Music in Sofia and became the leader of The Bulgarian National Radio Big Band. Antoni Donchev is a model contemporary musician, easily and skillfully handling the broad variety of forms in performing and composing. He has no difficulty whatever combining the versatility of jazz stylistics with folklore and classical music in all their aspects.