Plamen Karadonev

Gigs

Friday, August 1st, 2014 12:00 AM
Plamen Karadonev Tri with guest Elena Koleva
Varna Summer Jazz Festival
Varna
Bulgaria
Monday, August 11th, 2014 12:00 AM
with Elena Koleva/ Fifth Season Quartet
Bansko Jazz Festival
Bansko
Bulgaria
Saturday, July 26th, 2014 9:00 PM
with Elena Koleva/ Fifth Season Quartet
Bee Bop Cafe
Plovdiv
Bulgaria
Friday, July 25th, 2014 7:00 PM
with Elena Koleva/ Fifth Season Quartet
Studio 5
Sofia
Bulgaria
Price: 10
Thursday, May 15th, 2014 8:00 PM
Fifth Season Quartet
Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center
41 Second Street
Cambridge, MA 02141
http://multiculturalartscenter.org
Price: $15/13 students (with ID), seniors(65+) and JazzBoston Members

Elena Koleva - vocals, piano
Plamen Karadonev - piano, accordion
Greg Loughman - bass
Austin McMahon - drums




PAST SHOWS
Saturday, March 29th, 2014 7:00 PM
Jazz at Union
Union United Methodist Church
485 Columbus Ave
Boston, MA 02458
Price: $Paid concert
Mary Lou Williams - Mass for Peace
Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 8:30 PM
Manuel Kaufman Nonet
Ryles Jazz Club
212 Hampshire St
Cambridge, MA
http://www.rylesjazz.com/
Price: $10
Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 9:00 PM
Fifth Season Quartet
Ryles Jazz Club
212 Hampshire St
Cambridge, MA
http://www.rylesjazz.com/
Price: $10
Elena Koleva - vocals, piano
Plamen Karadonev - piano, accordion
Greg Loughman - bass
Austin McMahon - drums
Sunday, January 19th, 2014 8:00 PM
Fifth Season Quartet
The Lily Pad
1353 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA
Price: $10
Elena Koleva - vocals, piano
Plamen Karadonev - piano, accordion
Greg Loughman - bass
Austin McMahon - drums
Friday, October 11th, 2013 8:00 PM
Elena Koleva/ Plamen Karadonev quartet
The Lily Pad
1353 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA
Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 8:00 PM
Manuel Kaufman Nonet
Ryles Jazz Club
212 Hampshire St
Cambridge, MA
http://www.rylesjazz.com/
Sunday, July 28th, 2013 12:00 AM
With Ed Harlow and John Lockwood
The Taj, Boston MA
Private
Sunday, July 7th, 2013 1:00 PM
Ed Harlow Latin Quintet
Wrentham Village
Wednesday, June 26th, 2013 8:00 PM
with Maduca Sexta (Manuel Kaufmann Sextet)
Beehive
541 Tremont St Boston, MA 02116
http://www.beehiveboston.com/
Tuesday, June 25th, 2013 8:30 PM
with Maduca Sexta (Manuel Kaufmann Sextet)
Ryles Jazz Club
212 Hampshire St
Cambridge, MA
http://www.rylesjazz.com/
Saturday, June 1st, 2013 8:00 PM
Boston College Club
Boston, MA
PRIVATE
Tuesday, May 28th, 2013 8:30 PM
With Manuel Kaufmann Nonet
Ryles Jazz Club
212 Hampshire St
Cambridge, MA
http://www.rylesjazz.com/
Friday, May 24th, 2013 8:00 PM
With George Farrell Trio
Robert Treat Paine Estate
Waltham, MA
PRIVATE

Reviews

What might appear as a sudden supernova,.. Karadonev has that something which is relatively rare and which marks the true improviser... Outstanding!
"Few composer/performers generate a sound that is so instantly individual without lapsing into idiosyncrasy or eccentricity."

Biography

Born in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria on June 8, 1977, Plamen Karadonev comes from a musical family. His father Dinko Karadonev was a choir director, educator, and accordionist. Plamen started playing the accordion at age five. He later fell in love with Bulgarian folk music and soon began playing the piano...

During his teenage years Plamen became fascinated by jazz and other contemporary styles and for the next few years he focused on recording some of his original compositions which meld folk and jazz. Soon after, Plamen participated at a number of jazz festivals and concerts and during his studies at The State Academy Of Music, Sofia, Bulgaria he became the pianist of the National Radio Big Band.

A Berklee College of Music Scholarship brought Plamen to Boston in January 2001 where he found a whole new world of musical adventures. In the United States he has performed with some of the most respected jazz musicians currently on the scene including Randy Brecker, Gene Perla, George Garzone, Hal Crook, Dave Liebman, Jimmy Cobb, Richie Barshay and many more.

His debut album Crossing Lines receives national and international recognition among jazz critics and musicians. Influences include Eastern European folklore, Classical music including some 20th century composers, Jazz and other contemporary styles.