This is the first programme of the series MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS IN BULGARIA that Gega New begins to release. It will feature all instruments used in Bulgarian folk practice (authentic as well as the so-called 'modern' ones). The present release presents the tambura. The instrument was carried to Bulgaria in the 7th century. It still exists in Asia (Uzbekistan, Tadjikistan, etc.) under various names and was widely-known on the Balkans by the name "bulgaria" ("bugaria"). The tambura was used in almost all parts of Bulgaria up to the end of the 20th century. Today it is characteristic mainly of the Pirin folk region, though it takes significant part in the ensembles and instrumental groups as an accompanying folk instrument, especially during the second part of the 20th century, when the characteristic tambura performing style was formed.
The musician who proved that the tambura is of equal worth with the other folk instruments is Rumen Sirakov. Being the son of the famous folk singer Pavel Sirakov, it was natural that Rumen should begin to play folk music: first he started playing the whistle, then the trumpet and the clarinet. Simultaneously, he graduated from the school of classical guitar and this provoked his interest to the tambura, making him the best performer of this instrument. At 17 he began playing in the Bulgarian National Radio Folk Songs Ensemble. Then, together with the prominent kaval-player Stoyan Velichkov and the gadulka-player Mihail Marinov, founded the Trakiiska Troika. He has made a number of recordings for the Bulgarian National Radio, given concerts throughout Bulgaria, in England, the USA, Australia, etc. He also worked with Trio Bulgarka, Cate Bush, and had personal artistic contacts with George Harrison and Eric Clapton, the world-known guitarist. Rumen Sirakov's art has been highly appreciated at prestigious international forums. His teaching career is also of great significance and his students are among the best tambura-players. Recently, he marked the 40th anniversary of his creative activity. His contribution as a performer and founder of the Bulgarian school of tambura performance is undeniable. For this reason Gega New begins the musical instruments series with such a renowned and original musician.
MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS FROM BULGARIA · TAMBURA
 Didinata - arranged by Kosta Kolev 3'26''
 Zhochkino Horo - arranged by Rumen Sirakov 2'13''
 Krivo Horo - arranged by Emil Kolev 2'38''
 Festive Horo - arranged by Rumen Sirakov 2'49''
 Chetvorno Horo - arranged by Kosta Kolev 3'12''
 Ihtimansko Horo - arranged by Ivan Shibilev 3'01''
 A Piece for Tambura - music by Kosta Kolev 4'14''
 Krasavska Ruchenitsa - arranged by Rumen Sirakov 3'14''
 Zemenska Rachenitsa - arranged by Kosta Kolev 2'37''
 Vassilovska Kopanitsa - arranged by Rumen Sirakov 2'55''
 Blateshnichka Kopanitsa - arranged by Kosta Kolev 3'07''
 Radomirska Rachenitsa - * * * 2'55''
 Djagarsko Horo - arranged by Nikolai Kaufmann 2'42''
 Tsonino Horo - arranged by Emil Kolev 2'59''
 Martenska Rachenitsa - arranged by Nikolai Kaufmann 2'31''
 Stoina's Face - arranged by Hristofor Radanov 2'38''
 Fiery Horo - arranged by Rumen Sirakov 2'29''
 Radomirsko Horo - arranged by Kosta Kolev 2'50''
RUMEN SIRAKOV, tambura
Accompanied by an orchestra
Conductors: Kosta Kolev, Emil Kolev, Ivan Shibilev,
Hristofor Radanov, Dobrin Panayotov