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Maria

Karakusheva

ABOUT

 

"I’ve been performing on stage since I was six years old. I leave part of myself on every stage I’ve been on. There are no days off. There are no distractions. You might say live performance is one of my missions."

I quickly found my calling and began playing the piano at the age of 5. I have numerous honors from international piano competitions in Bulgaria, France and Italy.

 

My music skills go all the way from baroque to contemporary classical, but I love to mix all kind of genres - classical music with house and jazz, classical adaptations of pop and rock songs and so on.

My first project, "Classic In The House", marked the beginning of a series of unusual combinations of classical and contemporary music. It was followed by “Classic In The Jazz” and "Grace on Air".

 

I have been composing my own contemporary classical music and now I am releasing my first solo album for piano and string orchestra - Hearteclipse.

 

 

MUSIC

PROJECT //

HEARTECLIPSE LIVE!

The Hearteclipse Live! project is an audio-visual experience that will turn the public's perception of classical music. Hearteclipse Live! uses a modern approach to set design, choreography and directing, but at the same time the ageless concept like the classical one.

The visual environment of the performance will be generated as a collage of captured video footage, 2D painted digital animation, 3D renders, interactive media design, live video and light effects. Heart eclipse Live! is really more than just a classical concert.

One of the most popular Bulgarian electronic musicians - Ivan Shopov, well known for his projects Balkansky and Cooh, will be a guest performer in the second part of the concert. With the special participation of Quarto Quartet - The Chamber Musicians of Sofia and the visual artist Petko Tanchev.

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HEARTECLIPSE

Hearteclipse is an album of music without words. I wrote nine stories with messages for everyone - from the world inside me to the farthest point I can think of - "Two light years" from here ... This is my experience of self-awareness and the challenge to reveal my soul. The piano and string orchestra plays the whole palette of emotions and feelings I have experienced, their contrast and unexpected twists - my heart eclipses.

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CLASSIC IN THE HOUSE

“Classic In The House” is my first project with which I marked the beginning of a series of unusual combinations of classical and contemporary music. The award winning DJ Borra and I followed the ambitious goal to take the classics outside the concert halls and make them available for everyone – from the biggest classical music fans to those who are just beginning to discover its beauty.
 

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CLASSIC IN THE JAZZ

“Classic In The Jazz” is not just my second project. It marks the next step on my path as an artist in search of myself. While developing my style as a pianist, I met different people who inspired me. One of them was the jazz musician Momchil Atanasoff, with whom I had the idea for this project. 


We surprised the audience with original arrangements, complemented by an attractive theatrical performance. Behind the success of “Classic In The Jazz” also stand the bassist Anton Piperov and the drummer Deyan Iliev. Together, we created an avant-garde music format, mixing great classical and jazz works – dialogical, with mood swings and two basic ideas – to entertain and to remind the audience of the best of these two styles.


Among the works, we arranged specifically for the project, are classics of French composer Jean-Philippe Rameau, German classicist Ludwig van Beethoven and Russian genius Modest Mussorgsky.


In the summer of 2016 we accepted to perform in the one of the best Bulgarian jazz festival A to JazZ. Together with the group we played a gig with new compositions.

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GRACE ON AIR

Grace on Air is an idea of how modern music is refracted through the prism of classical melodies. I teamed up with opera singer Plamena Girginova and arranged well-known tracks by Nirvana, Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Gwen Stefani,  Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ed Sheeran in a very new and different way. The result was a very beautiful combination of classical music, which was served as the the perfect background for Plamena’s enchanting coloratura soprano. That way the well-known songs acquired a whole new sound in the form of opera arias. 

The project was so successful that only a few months later we performed for a second time with a completely new program. “A dream within a dream” reunited Plamena and myself, but this time the duo shared the stage with guest musicians. Together we performed many favorite songs and surprised the audience with a very interesting version of The Verve and Depeche mode’s songs.

We had 5 concerts and we presented more than 20 pieces.

 
 

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