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|Genres||World music, Ethereal|
Irfan is an ethereal world music band from Bulgaria (since 2001). Their sound is an original electro-acoustic world fusion influenced by the sacred and folk music traditions of Bulgaria, the Balkans, Persia, the Middle East, North Africa and India, as well as by the musical and spiritual heritage of Byzantium and Medieval Europe. The integrity of Irfan’s sound bears the depths of an audio-archeology that explores the lost prehistoric universal human musical heritage in the layers of time.
Irfan extensively uses ethereal and mystic female vocals in addition to strong male vocals and choirs in combination with an assortment of traditional Bulgarian, Balkan, Oriental, Persian and Indian string, wind, key and percussive instruments woven into a delicate ambient electronic sound. The band’s name is borrowed from the Sufi’s terminology and means “gnosis”, “secret knowledge” or “revelation”. Their music is an invitation for a mystical trip in and beyond time, a message, poetically extended in the language of the heart.
Since 2003 Irfan has been on the French label Prikosnovénie with three released albums and several movie and theatrical soundtracks. Over the last decade Irfan toured with great success across Europe (Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, France, Denmark, Switzerland, Austria, The Czech Republic, Poland, Lithuania, Romania, Bulgaria, etc.) and performed live at some of the main European Gothic, neo folk, medieval and world music festivals and events.
Full-length albums and EPs:
- Irfan (2003) - Prikosnovénie/Noir Records
- Seraphim (2007) - Prikosnovénie
- The Eternal Return (2015) - Prikosnovénie
- 'Otkrovenie' on Fairy World No. 1 Prikosnovénie (2003)
- 'Otkrovenie' on Dancing in the Dark: 10 Years of Dancing Ferret Dancing Ferret Discs (2005)
- 'Stella Splendens' on Fairy World II Prikosnovénie (2005)
- 'Otkrovenie' on Asleep By Dawn Magazine DCD 2005 Tour CD Asleep By Dawn (2005)
- 'Peregrinatio' on Asleep By Dawn Magazine DCD 2005 Tour CD Asleep By Dawn (2005)
- 'Star of the Winds' on Dancing in the Dark 2006: A Dancing Ferret Compilation Dancing Ferret Discs (2006)
- 'Fei' on Effleurment: A Prikosnovénie Compilation Prikosnovénie (2006)
- Simurgh on Fairy World III Prikosnovénie (2007)
- Ivailo Petrov—oud, baglama saz, tambura, santour, setar, programming
- Kalin Yordanov—vocals, daf, bodhran
- Peter Todorov—darbouka, tombak, riq, electronic percussion pad
- Yasen Lazarov—kaval, nay, duduk, harmonium
- Denitza Seraphimova—vocals
- Darina Zlatkova—vocals
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