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Vasil Petrov: I applied song to make it easier for the conservatory. I liked it


It's not a bad thing to resemble the man who made the bridge between jazz and pope, says Bulgarian Frank Sinatra

With a mix of jazz, swing and bossa new Vassil Petrov again makes NDK an elite jazz club for the second edition of his show "Sinatra: Vegas". One of the most talented singers in Bulgaria will present the original arrangements of Frank Sinatra's eternal hits in an elegant show on November 12 in Hall 1 of the National Palace of Culture.

Vasil Petrov was born April 30, 1964 in Sofia. In 1991 he graduated in the conservatory with a specialty of pop music. In 1992 and 1994 he was best-selling artists in Bulgaria. At the first Bulgarian national awards "Orpheus +" Vasil Petrov was chosen the best male voice of the year. He also won three categories – best male song, best year of the year, the best album of the year for The Other.

He performed concerts in Helsinki, Oslo, Vienna, Stockholm, Lugano (Switzerland), Belgrade and Lillehammer (Norway) during the Winter Olympics. With his rich timbre and flute voice, he became known as the Bulgarian Frank Sinatra.

– Mr Petrov, is the second edition of your show, Sinatra: Vegas, what will the audience hear and see?

– This is the second edition, but not a repeat of the previous show, which was a big success. Now the repertoire has been completely renovated and preserves the biggest hits of this time – 1960s. We also have new guest soloists, with Bruce Johnson and young singer Valeria Stoyanova participating again. These include Michaela Fileva and Orlin Pavlov. On stage will be a great star with leader Antoni Donchev, and among the musicians there will be foreigners. Twelve ballet dancers dance on stage. With Orlin Pavlov and Bruce Johnson, we will make a set of gentlemen to remind us about the 60's when the show business in Las Vegas was created with the sketches by Frank Sinatra and the company.

– How long do you practice before a concert, do you enter another location?

– In general, if not necessary, I do not practice much. Long repetitions are exhausting, and if you have to practice everything that will happen at the concert, the surprise element is lost. It must be instantaneous, you must be natural on stage.

"How did you start singing?"

"I played in an amateur band and had an intention to be an instrumentalist. When I decided to apply at the conservatory lecture department, I thought I could not handle the instrumental samples. Therefore, I decided to search with me – to make it easier for me. So I accidentally turned around to sing. It took me that I liked it.

"Your whole family is musical – your grandfather founded the Kaval choir, what kind of child were you?

"I'm baptized to my grandfather. In addition to the founder of the choir" Kaval "he is also among the founders of the choir" Slavia. "My grandparents sang in church cows. My other grandmother, God forgives her, was also musical.

in our family we have no



I have previously said that my parents have made me mad.

"Was it hard to find the way when you finished the conservatory?"

"No, on the other hand, the times broke up and there was a niche in jazz. I had already begun to be interested, this genre had impressed me and everything came to my place.

– You have played concerts in many countries. Where did you go abroad to sing for the first time?

– It was 1991. I travel to Oslo, Norway, with the military band. The soloist was Nelly Rangelova, and I had an independent show – 15 minutes each night. We were in Oslo for one and a half months. The crowd liked me, she responded surprisingly well. I think of an interesting story since then. The Norwegian krona had jumped a lot because of the end of the Gulf War, and I decided to bring back some of my local bank charges, because the amount due to the change had become significant. I went home with the money in the apartment I lived in. And so suddenly they disappeared! At first, I decided I had lost them. Forgive me since the Lord, I believed that some of the people who supported the residence stole them. And the truth is, I'm a very scattered person. When it was time to go to Bulgaria the day before I got to the ferry, I found the money in a cabinet in the apartment. So I managed to keep my homework fee. (Laughing.)

– You also had concerts in Japan, how did your country look?

"I remember that the pianist we cooperated with – Rums Toskov – could not carry the Japanese kitchen at all, and he always looked for European food and I liked local food for myself.

I was very impressed with Japan's accuracy. Our readings were read in minutes. We drove a driver next to the hall

if we were late

seconds, tour


went out on

boulevard and goods

looking for

the car,

worried why

we are late

Everything was refined, including the concert itself. Accepted was exactly 10 minutes – more, less. Buses can be done in 15 minutes, followed by a 30-minute autograph session. Everything ended a second later – no waste of time.

– Do you remember your first big prizes?

– It was in 1995 to Orpheus Plus. I got three prizes for this year's singers, albums and hits. I have all the rewards after each other – it was amazing!

"The excitement you felt on the scene does it have today?"

– Oh yes. When you go on stage, the feeling is very special. One feels preferable. I thank God to give me this chance and that there is an audience who wants to dive into my world. In this regard, the profession of music is very good.

In addition to singing beautifully, paint and do even some exhibitions. How did you start?

"To start with, I scratched what I did when I had time

friends painter

they convinced me that it was

time to start

frame it

your paintings

and that I have to professionally treat my hobby. But I was afraid I would lose interest. I opened my first exhibition in Old Plovdiv in 2004. Then after my Apollonia concert I made an exhibition that was reflected in the media next year.

– Do you have interesting experiences with your fans? Veselin Marinov had said how a fan had given him a key from his home?

"It was not what happened to me. I have received a variety of presents – very expensive, very sincere, like an illuminated golden cross. People gave me things that are invaluable and valuable to them.

– Who and when did you first call "The Bulgarian Frank Sinatra"?

– Zhelyaz Sagaev, a journalist from "Pohled". It was in the early 90's. Then there was a concert at the National Palace of Culture with the Big Band of Villa Kazasyan.

Zhelyaz wrote an article about the concert and, among other things, he mentioned that Vili Kazasyan introduced the famous singer Vassil Petrov, this time in his ambition of the Bulgarian Frank Sinatra. That's where the media started, it became my name.

"Have you ever been uncomfortable with this comparison?"

"No, in any case, because I did not suspect this similarity. When I realized they looked like Sinatra, I even began to emphasize it sometimes. It's not good to match you with the man who made the bridge between jazz and pope.

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