Giedrius Nakas Trio
Giedrius Nakas – piano
Andrea Caruso – double bass
Stefan Goranov – drums
A modern jazz trio with a strong classical influence in search for a modern sound through the fusion of contemporary and classical music.
This is a project I started working on in the autumn of 2016. It is a drum solo performance strongly influenced by minimal music, traditional musics of Bulgaria, Africa, the Caribbean and India.
The score for this performance is available in the Notes section of this site.
Nacho de Frutos – guitar (in Spain)
Alexander Logozarov – guitar (in Bulgaria)
June Koo – guitar (in South Korea)
Dario Guibert – bass
Jorge Castañeda – piano
Stefan Goranov – drums/arrangements/compositions.
In the 1980s Kenny Garrett said that if John Coltrane was alive he would play hip hop because hip hop was “the music of today”.
This band is our attempt to look for “the music of today”.
Each of the members of the quartet is a versatile working professional with appearances at prestigious jazz festivals and venues around Europe.
The first album of the band was dedicated to the compositions of Charlie Parker and can be found online at:
Currently we are working on our second album which is based on the short novel by Ray Bradbury “Frost and Fire”.
For a digital download: Stefan Goranov – Birdwatch – Music Of Charlie Parker.
• Pranas Kentra Trio/Quartet/Quintet:
We are off to Lithuania very soon to play again at the oldest jazz festival in the country – Birstonas Jazz Festival – where we are going to present our second album – Centrifuge.
Here is the title track of the album:
A band which combines jazz, classical, rock and folk music. Pranas was always interested in rhythm and this brought him to the Bulgarian music. We started the band in 2009 playing arrangements of Bulgarian folk songs. Eventually the idea evolved into a quintet with which we performed at a lot of festivals and venues in the Baltic countries, The Netherlands and Bulgaria from 2010 to 2012. The next step we took was to focus on our original music and that is what we are doing now. Pranas’s way of playing the guitar is quite different compared to any other guitar player I played with and this makes it always a challenge and a great experience to reunite again with this project. Apart from that, knowing each other for so long time makes this project almost like a family to me since during the years we had to deal with many issues – some musical, some not. Thus, creating music with this band is already a different experience – much more personal and mature every next time we meet.
Played at Birstonas Jazz Festival and many other festivals in Lithuania and Latvia in 2011, 2012, 2013. The Netherlands in 2011 and 2014. Bulgaria in 2010.
Albums: Vague Memoirs – released 02.2014
Pranas Kentra – guitar, Mark Haanstra – bass, Hiske Oostewijk – vocals, Stefan Goranov – drums.
Previously in the band:
Remigius Ranchys – saxophones and flute
Alina Engibaryan – vocals
Viktorija Pilatovic – vocals
Benson Itoe – el. bass
Tyler Luppi – double bass
Dimitar Karamfilov – doulble bass
Charlie Wang – double bass
The rock/pop side of the Pranas Kentra bands:
• Songs of Aeon
Another special group for me which we started during our studies in the Netherlands together with Lilly Illieva – vocals, Alex Logozarov – guitar and Vasil Hadjigrudev – bass. An attempt to approach Bulgarian folk songs from an angle that is not so much explored meaning that we focused more on the melodic and lyrical parts of the music. In a way the only obviously folk element which we kept was the voice. The fun and challenge in Alex’s arrangements is that he always pushes the songs to the limit, taking everything possible out of it without loosing the core of the tune. Later in the band took part Azfansadra Karim – keys, Carmello Graceffa – percussion/drums, Stefan Cekov – drums.
• The Music Of Woody Shaw
Here is a tune from our last performance in Bulgaria in a quintet setting this time.
Mihail Iossifov – trumpet
Dimitar Liolev – saxophone
Alex Logozarov – guitar
Dimitar Karamfilov – bass
• EF Orchestra (2012 -2013)
A large ensemble consisting of PCC students led by Stefan Goranov and Tim
Kotnik. Peformed at City Jazz Festival Leeuwarden 2012 and on several
venues in Groningen the same year. In a way it is a special band for me cause we were able to play the music of the great Woody Shaw and a couple of my originals.You can find more information about this band on the soundcloud link below including all the band members’ names. Always grateful to all of them for the nice things we did together.
• Timotej Kotnik Via Ad Infinitum (2012)
A project led by Timotej Kotnik. Performed in the Netherlands and toured twice in Slovenia in 2012 and 2013. Performed at the international jazz festival Jazz Ravne.
Here you can find the full Channel Zero gig: