European Sounds Series: European Union & Bulgaria – Asen Doykin Band

@ Blue Note Jazz Club – Shows @ 11:30AM & 1:30PM (Doors @ 10:30AM & 1PM)

**Price includes brunch, music and a drink.**

Asen Doykin Band presented by the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations – on the occasion of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union

For the past 18 years on the New York Jazz scene, Asen has established himself as one of the new major Jazz voices to come from the East European Block. He is venturing into new musical territories with his original compositions and improvisational approach, fusing jazz and contemporary music with uniquely Balkan flavor. Asen has recorded and performed with some of the most eminent contemporary musicians on the New York jazz scene. He has worked with Pino Paladino, Joe Locke, Bennie Maupin, Jacques Schwarz-Bart, Francisco Mela, Eli Degibri, Myron Walden, Rodney Green, Kendrick Scott, Vincent Ector, among many others.

Asen has released two albums as a leader and has composed numerous musical pieces for film, television and theater. His music has been featured at the Cannes Film Festival, HBO and NPR.

Born in Pazardjik, Bulgaria in 1975, to the family of a classical musician, Asen Doykin started playing piano at the age of five. While studying classical music at the Music School “Dobrin Petkov” in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Asen attempts composition and improvisation and forms his own trio with which He starts to perform at music festivals in Bulgaria, Greece, Romania and Germany.

After graduating from the Music School of Plovdiv in 1995, Asen received a scholarship to attend the world famous Berklee College of Music in Boston. While at Berklee, he won the coveted Jazz Performance of the Year award, and the Jesse Stone Scholarship. He continued to further develop his personal musical style and to diversify his repertoire with Jazz, 20th Century Classical Music and Bulgarian Folk.

In 1999 after graduating from Berklee College, Asen moved to New York City. Here He started active performance career with various bands and musicians from the jazz, pop, contemporary chamber and world music scene.

Since residing in New York, He has toured extensively the United States and Europe with his own band and as a sideman with different music formations.

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June 2, 2018
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