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Borislav Strulev: Noizepunk & BorisLove

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Borislav Strulev: Noizepunk & BorisLove
2011 Composers Concordance Records

Borislav Strulev on Cello
Gene Pritsker, Composer, Di. J., Guitar
Anya Migdal on Vocals
Sebastian Izya Pritsker on Vocals
Greg Baker on Classical Guitar

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
March 24, 2013

This is a unique fusion CD, with classical, cultural cello themes, mixed with contemporary guitar, echoing vocals, and electronic creativity. You will feel like you are in Istanbul one moment and the East Village, NY, the next. Borislav Strulev is a renowned jazz and classical cellist with Russian roots, and he brings exotic flair to this ensemble.

Notable tracks:
All tracks composed by Gene Pritsker.

#4 – The Double. This is music that must be heard again and again to hear all the intertwined musical nuances, that Gene Pritsker has engineered with electronic expertise. Borislav Strulev’s cello leads the theme’s mesmerizing mélange. A steady percussive beat may be the effect of striking the wooden guitars or something more complex.

#5 – San Sans. The listener will imagine he is amidst belly dancers and men in dervish balloon pants, swirling at dizzying speed, as this rousing music unfolds. There’s a clever serendipitous thread woven into this tonal fabric, with raucous tonality suddenly morphing from bass to treble, then to deep and earthy soon again.

#8 – Pravajay. This track includes vocals by Anya Migdal, which have been multiplied numerous times for a charming choral effect. A male vocalist is faintly heard in the background, but it’s Strulev’s cello that carries the vivid momentum, as it’s surrounded by enchanting effects.

#16 – Dead Souls. Named for Gogol’s novel, this final track features Greg Baker on classical guitar and Sebastian Izya Pritsker on vocals. Strulev’s cello takes on the entire scale, adding deep soulful refrains and high, soprano-like phrases. This track grips the imagination, and, in its finale, one wants to hear this recording all over again.

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