Anthony Donchev - piano
Hristo Yotsov - drums, vibes
George Donchev - bass
Acoustic Version was founded in 1985 by two extraordinary instrumentalists and composers, the pianist Anthony Oonchev and the drummer Hristo Yotsov. Since the very beginning the duo has captured the imagination of audiences and critics worldwide. A German reviewer: " ... the sound produced by Acoustic Version is of the highest qvoli(y and precision. The improvisi11g structure could not be better balanced."
Since the beginning the group has worked with many leading musicians: George Donchev, Tommy Smith, Theodosil Spassov, Steve Siegle, Milcho Levlev. Tom Harrell, Yildiz lbrahimova, Andy Scofield, Plamen Jechev, Alexia, Petar Slavov.
Acoustic Version were the first prize winners of the two most prestigious intemational jazz competion In Europa: Hoeilaart, Belgium (1985) and Levericusen, Germany (1986), where Anthony and Hristo were also awarded the Jazz Artists of 1986 title.
This recording is a classic album because of the natural flow of the music and the extraordinary empathy between Hristo Yotsov and the Donchev brothers, Anthony and George. Acoustic Version has always been about the musical synergy and chemistry between the players. Their classical training and cultural background have determined a style impossible to define. Certainly there are elements of Bulgarian folklore — treated in a “urban” way — European classical music heritage of chamber music making, and experimental contemporary jazz. More >>