Borislav Petrov is a jazz drummer/composer, born in Sofia, Bulgaria. He began his professional career at the age of 19 as a member of the reknown Bulgarian pop/rock band – Slang.
Received his music education in the Netherlands, by completing the “New York Comes to Groningen” jazz program at the Prince Claus Conservatorium in Groningen (2006), followed by the masters program at the Conservatory of Amsterdam (2008). His list of drum teachers include – Ralph Peterson, Owen Hart, Steve Altenberg, Joost Van Schaik, Martijn Vink and Lucas Van Merwijk.
Borislav performs in a variety of music genres, including jazz, ethno-jazz, big band, fusion, world-music, electronica, rock, pop and singer songwriter etc. He has performed in various theater and television shows.
His biggest passion and musical endeavor are the odd meters structures in Bulgarian folklore music.
His master research on Bulgarian folk rhythms and drumming styles: “Long And Short Beats:The Mystery of Bulgarian Rhythms” focuses on the essence of Bulgarian irregular meters and the historical development of folk drumming, as well as on ideas for expanding Bulgarian rhythms and integrating them into other styles of music. His article, based on this research was published in the prestigious Dutch Journal Of Music Theory (2012)
Among the more notable project Borislav has been involved with are:
Jazzanitza – his own project, where Petrov composes music, combining jazz with Bulgarian folklore.
Tin Men & The Telephone – an interactive-multimedia-piano trio, based in Amsterdam. He has been a part of it for more than 10 years and he has contributed to 4 studio releases of the band. Besides recording and touring, Tin Men & The Telephone are involved in important series of educational activities in schools around the Netherlands, which introduce jazz music to the youth, through the usage of interactive performance concepts and techniques. The band has been nominated for the 2016 British Jazz FM awards in the “digital initative” category.
Jаzztory – educational concert presentations on the music and life of legendary artist from the history of American jazz. Borislav was a creator, producer and host of Jazztory, which had 32 issues for a period of 5 years.
Renske Taminiau – singer/ songwriter, Borislav recorded 2 albums with the singer and performed at prestigious stages all over the Netherlands, such as North Sea Jazz Festival and the legendary Concertgebouw.
Amsterdam Jazz Orchestra – Amsterdam based big band, led by Israeli saxophonist/composer/arranger/educator Yaniv Nachum. Borislav contributed to 2 studio albums, one of which was released.
Tarhana – World music band, made up of Turkish, Romanian, German, Dutch and Bulgarian musicians Performed and toured in many countries around Europe, South America, Asia and Africa. Participated in prestigous world music festivals, such as „November Music“ и „Womex“The band collaborated with artists such as Ghalia Benali (Tunisia) , Karsu Donmez (Turkey), Hana Kamkar (Iran), Theodossii Spassov (Bulgaria), as well as folklore musicians out of Radjasthan (India), Egypt, Tunisia and Lebanon.
The Stage Band – Groningen based big band, 5 times winner of the Dutch national big band contest.
The list of artist Borislav Petrov has collaborated with includes:
Ben Van Gelder, Ruben Hein, Renske Taminiau, Margriet Sjoerdsma, Miguel Martinez, Floris van der Vlught, Tony Roe, Anne Guus Teerhuis (NL)
Jonas Ganzemuller, Dennis Secretarev, Franz von Chossy, Esra Dalfidan, Susanne Alt, Phillipp Braemswig (D)
Dave Douglas, Simone White, Nick Paul, Jeff Koch, Leah Kline (USA)
Nicholas Simion, Alex Simu, Elena Mindru, Catalin Milea, Sebastian Burneci, Bucharest Jazz Orchestra (RO)
Theodossii Spassov, Dimitar Liolev, Ludmil Krumov, Anthony Donchev, Vassil Petrov, Angel Zaberski, Dimitar Bodurov, Kamelia Todorova, Dimitar Liolev, Mihail Yossiffov, Peyo Peev (BG)
Toured and Performed in:
Netherlands, Bulgaria, Turkey, Greece, UK, Italy, France, Romania, Serbia, Bosnia, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovenia, Luxembourg, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Belgium, Spain, Mexico, Canada, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Tunisia, Egypt, India, South Africa, Taiwan, China, South Korea.
Next to musical performance. Borislav is strongly involved in music education. He has conducted lectures, master classes, seminars workshops on various topics in Spain, The Netherlands, UK, Germany, Taiwan, Romania and Bulgaria
Since 2018 Borislav is a drum instructor at New Bulgarian University, Sofia.
19. Dimitar Liolev “Some Story” 2019
18. Lilly Ilieva &Minimum Quartet “No Stars At All” 2018
17. Tin Men and the Telephone “FURIE” 2018
16. Jazzanitza “Jazzanitza” 2016
15. The Bulchemists “Bulchemistry” 2014
14. Dimitar Liolev “Rhodopology” 2014
13. Leah Kline “The Precious Life” 2014
12. Tin Men and the Telephone “Appjenou?!” 2013
11. Tin Men and the Telephone “Very Last Christmas” 2012
10. Renske Taminiau “Move Me” 2011
9. Tin Men and the Telephone “Moetjenou?” 2010
8. Nicolas Simion “Transylvanian Jazz” 2009
7. Tarhana- “Mundus” 2008
6. Renske Taminiau – “Waiting to be told” 2008
5. Simon Rain “The Art Of Letting Go” 2007
4. Sagy Seal “Quest” 2007
3. Amsterdam Jazz Orchestra – “Finding the way” 2007
2. Stage Band – “Coming About” 2006
1.Slang “Blue” 1999