Classical, Brazilian, Flamenco and Jazz Standards instrumental music for Weddings,rehearsal dinners, clubs, restaurants, all kind of private and corporate events.
Classical guitarist Nicolai Tanev has released 4 albums and his composition "Sofia Blues" won the Runner-Up Award of IAMA 2007 ( International Acoustic Music Awards).
"Nicolai is very professional and easy to work with. Great communication! We hired him for our wedding ceremony and it was perfect. I would recommend to anyone who is looking for a classical guitarist. We had a wonderful experience!
Lauren, former client"
Nicolai Tanev started to play guitar when he
In 1990 the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture issued Mr. Tanev certificate which
gives him the right to perform as a stage artist and in 1995 he got his certificate
for guitar teacher. For many years he has been working as a classical guitar
teacher. Meantime he played many clubs and restaurants in Sofia, including "Khan",
"Passport club", "Stateside Café Americana", "Toucan Bluzz'n rock" and many
In 1996 Mr. Nicolai Tanev was in the band "Free Point" (Bossa Nova style) and
wrote two instrumentals included in its
first album. The band had many gigs in the clubs and in January 1996 made a half hour
broadcast for the Bulgarian National Television.
In 1997 the musical company "Riva Sound" released Mr. Tanev first solo guitar
album – "Cocoa Beans" – Brazilian guitar music . The album includes
instrumental compositions by the prominent Brazilian composer A. Carlos Jobim,
L.Almeida and "Cocoa Beans" – a bossa nova written by Mr. Nicolai Tanev. This is
the first album of Brazilian guitar music ever released in Bulgaria and had many
positive reviews in the professional magazines.
.In the year of 2000, Mr. Tanev has been invited by the Bulgarian embassy in Spain
to perform in Casa de Cantabria – Madrid, during an exhibition. He was also often
invited to perform at private parties in the Brazilian Residence, the American
Residence and in the Belgium Residence in Sofia.
He also plays the blues in a duo
called "Guitar Nick & Blue Al". Their first appearance was in the documentary "I
have an idea". The film was nominated and has won the Special Prize at the
International Film fest "Zlatna Rakla" in Plovdiv, Bulgaria (1998) and the Special
Prize at the International Film Fest "Zolotoy Vityaz" in Russia (1998).
In 2003 Mr. Tanev released in cooperation with the company "Riva Sound" his
second recording – a blues project of Guitar Nick & Blue Al, called "Tribute to
Robert Johnson". The concert promotion was in Stateside Café Americana, the real home of the American music in Sofia. The album was broadcast by several radio stations in Bulgaria, Spain, Germany, Denmark, Poland, Norway,
and the USA.
Mr. Bruce Iglaner, president of the biggest
blues label in the world "Alligator Records" wrote in a private letter to Mr.
Tanev: " On the whole, this was a very enjoyable album. You are both fine players
and very restrained. The best I can do is giving my sincere compliments on a fine
record and encourage you to continue."
In 2004 Mr. Nicolai Tanev wrote and performed on guitar the music for the
documentary "Reconstruction". The film was
broadcasted by the Bulgarian National Television, the National satellite channel and
was nominated for the international festivals"Zlatna Rakla' and "Zlaten Riton",
where it has been nominated for the prize of the critics.
Mr. Tanev also wrote music for classical guitar, which he annually presents to the
International Classical Guitar Composition Competition "Andres Segovia" in Spain.
His last entry was in a composition competition in ISC (International Songwriting
competition) in Tennessee, USA - 2005, where his composition "Sofia Blues"
from the album "Tribute to Robert Johnson" got to the second round of judgment
in competition with 15000 other songs.
In 2007 the same composition "Sofia Blues was a finalist and won the Runnerup
Award of the Third Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards )
in Florida, U.S.A.The same year he was given the status
of Alien of Extraordinary Ability by the Immigrant Services of the U.S. and has
moved to Atlanta, GA.
In Atlanta he taught guitar at Draisen-Edwards Music School, became one of the most sought- after wedding and party guitarists , was a guitarist in residence for Oglethorpe University Museum of Art and has been also working with the Atlanta Opera, UGA, Jones Day and many more.
Now Mr. Nicolai Tanev is a free-lance musician and guitar teacher.
"COCOA BEANS" –Brazilian guitar music, 1997, Riva Sound
"TRIBUTE TO ROBERT JOHNSON"- acoustic blues, 2003, Riva Sound
"ROMANTIC GUITAR SERENADE" – classical, 2007, self-released
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