The opening of RADAR Festival Beyond Music 2019 on the 9th of August at 19:30 will be an intriguing intertwining of jazz and poetry within the Gorafunk project: collaboration between Stefan Goranov and Setareh Nafisi. Stefan completed his Masters education in the Netherlands and the USA. He has participated in a number of prestigious festivals all over the world. In December 2015 he recorded his first album as a leading artist in New York. In the RADAR interview, you can read about what to him is the essence of beyond music. The artistic team is joined by Mihail Ivanov and in the lines below he promises among other answers of simplistic nature “really cool music”. Mihail started playing bass at age 17. In 2006 he graduated the jazz department of the Amsterdam Conservatory. Another significant part of the Gorafunk project is Alexander Logozarov. He defines as his most trusted radar his own intuition and calls his work a personal necessity. Alexander Logozarov has graduated jazz guitar in the Netherlands. With projects of his own and in collaboration with colleagues he travels in North Europe and in 2015 with his band Logo3o, won the award for best formation at the jazz festival in Braila. You can learn more details about the whole formation in the curious lines below!

1. RADAR Festival Beyond Music has the primary goal to present musical projects dealing with a wide spectrum of artistic forms. When did you become aware of the limitedness of your own artistic form, or, to put it in other words, when did your radar detect the need for multidisciplinary expression?

Stefan: The concept of multidisciplinarity has always been present to a certain extent, as I have always tried to stay open to all kinds of ideas and have found inspiration in different fields of both art and science.

Mihail: Art is above all a means of expression and communication. The more you live, the more thoughts, feelings, emotions you need to express. So, you are also looking for a variety of ways to do it.

Alexander: I am almost entirely committed to my art, but fortunately in the last few years I have been involved in projects that bring different forms together.

2. Which three words describe the motivation behind your project?

Stefan: Honest personal expression.

Mihail: Really cool music.

Alexander: Challenge, adaptation, creative communication.

3. To what extent would you say your artistic devotion is inevitable?

Stefan: Like everything else, artistic devotion is a choice and, therefore, not about inevitability.

Mihail: To the extent life is.

Alexander: It’s a personal necessity.

4. If you could create a project in another artistic field or form, what would it be?

Stefan: Literature or painting.

Mihail: I would create in any artistic forms.

Alexander: Theatre/film.

5. 2019 is your personal year for…?

Stefan: Maturity.

Mihail: Travelling.

Alexander: Lots of changes, some provoked, some not, but I look forward to all of them.

6. When is music beyond?

Stefan: When there is less thought and more action.

Mihail: When it is sincere.

Alexander: When it goes outside the established limits.

7. Which is your personal radar?

Stefan: Curiosity.

Mihail: I am.

Alexander: My intuition.

8. The format of RADAR Festival Beyond Music takes into consideration the artistic potential of new technologies and their supplementary functions. What is the significance of technologies in your own work?

Stefan: Quite essential – thanks to the development in electronics, which has not stopped in the past half a century, we now have access to sounds and means of expression that were impossible or inaccessible up until very recently.

Mihail: Technology and music have been closely linked for a long time. When I need to, I don’t hesitate to make the best of them.

Alexander: Mostly, I see technologies as an additional means of expression, but very often they are also a time saving tool that provides flexibility.

9. Often, the resident projects at our festival are acts of spontaneity or dependent on variables – and that makes them resistant to reenactment or repetition in the same way. In a sense, these projects remain here and now. What is your reflection upon the here? And upon the now?

Stefan: It is important for me to have a structure and an idea of what is happening on stage. One of the challenges that all major artists have managed to complete is precisely the ability to present their music differently each time without leaving any doubt regarding their authenticity and skill.

Mihail: Here and now are the reality.

Alexander: For me, in this context, “Here and now” is simply a synonym for art. If something could be recreated in the same way repeatedly, it probably involves skills and experience that make it rather a product.

10. What can we expect from you in Varna?

Stefan: Electronica, literature and modern instrumental improvisational music presented by classical, pop, rock, and jazz musicians.

Mihail: Good music and positive vibes.

Alexander: Artists with various backgrounds, combining their signature styles in one concept, which is of the project’s leader – Stefan Goranov.

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