Born in 1964 in Bulgaria, Yassen Vodenitcharov studied Composition under Dimitar Tapkoff at the Bulgarian State Conservatory in Sofia and under Paul Méfano at Paris National Conservatory (Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris). He is Doctor of Music and Musicology from the Higher School of Social Sciences, Paris (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales) and is the recipient of many international awards and honours. He is the author of about fifty works, in all genres (solo pieces, chamber and vocal music, symphonic works, operas and electronic music); his works are performed in Bulgaria and all over the world.
With his participation in the compilation program: Contemporary Bulgarian Composers, vol.3, released by Gega New, Yassen Vodenitcharov provoked the interest of music connoisseurs. The release was followed by two compact discs with his own works (GD 345, GD 350), each of them demonstrating his personal search and creative ideas.
This CD also adheres to the composer’s program trend and his typical combination of sound and image. His original ideas are based on his interest in various arts (cinema, literature, painting…). The works included in this program are created in a similar way: the cycle Pagan Pieces was inspired by Fellini’s film Satyricon, Silver Drops was inspired by liturgical chants, and the inspiration for Kinetic Composition comes from the works of the Venezuelan artist Jesus Soto. The Butterfly Metamorphosis presents a ancient instrument – the viola da gamba, with its quite rich and specific timbre, and Five Magic Pieces are reminiscent of some archaic cultures, languages and magical rites.
The works in this release are performed by very prestigious ensembles and world renowned musicians.
MAGIC PIECES · YASSEN VODENITCHAROV
 Pagan Pieces (Pieces paiennes) 13:33
 Silver Drops 15:10
 The Butterfly Metamorphosis 10:27
(Les metamorphoses du papillon)
I. Dream; II. The First Flight; III. Love Song; IV. Funeral March
 Kinetic Composition 5:35
Five Magic Pieces
 Magic Piece I 5:42
 Magic Piece II 4:24
 Magic Piece III 5:03
 Magic Piece IV 4:34
 Magic Piece V 4:39
Ensemble l’Itineraire, Quasar Quartet, Robin Pharo (viola da gamba), Florian Lauridon (violoncello), Nathalie Forget (ondes Martenot), Fuminori Tanada (piano), Pierre-Yves Artaud (octobass flute), Angele Chemin (soprano), Maxime Echardour (percussions), Antoine Alerini (piano), Yassen Vodenitcharov (electronics), French Flute Orchestra
Conductors: Pascal Rophe, Javier Gonzalez Novales