Music - The Light Of My Life

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As far as I can remember, I have always been interested in music. When I was a child, my mother introduced me to The Beatles - music. During my childhood years in Sofia I attended at a lot of classical concerts. I was thrilled by the beauty of the classical music and especially the operas.

Later on I was drawn towards more popular music. The music of Roxette, Queen, Tina Turner, Mike Oldfield... followed my early teenage years.

In the summer of 95 I was introduced to Deep Purple (when I borrowed their "Machine Head" album by mistake). It was not long before I was "hooked" on other hard-rock/metal bands from the 70s( Led Zeppelin, Uriah Heep, Rainbow, ... ), the 80s (Van Halen, Def Leppard, Iron Maiden, ... ) and the 90s (Guns 'N' Roses, ... ).

During my summer-holydays in Bulgaria, I somehow (re)discovered the beauty of Bulgarian folk-music (not the vulgar and cheap "chalga" music). I am proud of the music my forefathers created and masters like Teodosi Spasov, Ivo Papazov, Valia Balkanska, Angel Dimitrov...

Another late discovery was the progressive music. I did not like (understand) that music when I was a teenager. In Narvik I gave it a second chance. Bands like Yes, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Genesis... have inspired me ever since.

The journey continues...


At the age of 17 I bought a classical guitar (Cremona) and started playing. Year later I bought an electric guitar (Epiphone SG). Since then I have played for a short period of time in several college-bands. I enjoy playing with a bass-guitar as well.

My guitar gear can be seen here: My guitars My amp and effects

Guitars: Fender American Stratocaster MN, Yamaha APX700, Epiphone SG, Yamaha APX500

Amp: Fender Hot Rod Deluxe Texas Red

Effects (in chain order):

BOSS TU-2 - Chromatic Tuner
Dunlop GCB-95 Crybaby - Wah Wah
BOSS CS-3 - Compressor & Sustainer
T-Rex Alberta - Overdrive
BOSS GE-7 - Equalizer
BOSS NS-2 - Noise Suppressor
T-Rex Replica - Delay
BOSS RC-3 - Loop Station

Favorite Musicians

This section is designed to give you some idea about the music I like.

It contains a list of some of my favorite musicians and some of the bands they play / played in.

N.B. This list is not complete and never will be. Neither is it meant to be an encyclopedia. And yes, I know who Kirk Hammett is. I just don't think that he belongs here.

Classical Music

Composers: Giuseppe Verdi, Wolfgang A. Mozart, Gioacchino Rossini, Frederic Chopin

Conductors: Herbert von Karajan, James Levine, Riccardo Muti, Zubin Mehta

Tenor singers: Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti

Baritone singers: Piero Cappuccilli, Sherrill Milnes, Leo Nucci, Vladimir Chernov, Matteo Manuguerra

Bass singers: Boris Christoff, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Cesare Siepi

Soprano singers: Raina Kabaiwanska, Gena Dimitrova, Aprile Millo, Mirella Freni

Mezzo-soprano / alto singers: Fiorenza Cossotto, Dolora Zajick


Guitar players (blues): Buddy Guy, BB King, John Lee Hooker, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Mark Knopfler

Guitar players (rock): Jimi Hendrix, Ritchie Blackmore, David Gilmour, Steve Howe, Trevor Rabin, Alex Lifeson, Steve Lukather, Ivan Lechev, Gustavo Cerati

Guitar players (metal): Yngwie Malmsteen, John Petrucci, Eddie Van Halen

Guitar players (jazz): Django Reinhardt, Joe Pass, Stochelo Rosenberg, Jimmy Rosenberg

Vocalists (men): David Byron (Uriah Heep), John Payne (Asia), David Coverdale, Freddie Mercury, Bernie Shaw (Uriah Heep), Steve Perry (Journey)

Vocalists (women): Tina Turner, Dani Klein (Vaya Con Dios), Celine Dion, Candice Night

Bass players: Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel, Yes, Pink Floyd), Chris Squire (Yes), Geddy Lee (Rush), Pete Trewavas (Marillion), John Myung (Dream Theater), Glenn Cornick (Jethro Tull), Donald ”Duck” Dunn

Drummers: Neil Peart (Rush), Simon Phillips (Asia, Toto), Jeff Porcaro (Toto), Manu Katche (Peter Gabriel), Michael Sturgis (Asia), Phil Collins

Keyboard players: Rick Wakeman (Yes), Tony Kaye (Yes), Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater), Jim Gilmour (Saga)

Other musicians: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Peter Gabriel, Mike Oldfield, Michael Cretu (Enigma), Roger Waters (Pink Floyd), Jon Anderson (Yes), Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull), Stevie Wonder, Per Gessle (Roxette, Gyllene Tider)

...and many, many, many more

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