Bulgarian Wedding Band!




Orchestra Members:

bulletMalina "Mali" Grozdanova - vocals
bulletVelizar "Villie" Shumanov - midi accordion
bulletTzanko Tzvetkov - drums
bulletStefan Yordanov - clarinet, alto & midi saxophone
bulletKiril Zhelev - vocals

Stefan, Marin, Mali, Vellie

February, 2000 Milwaukee, WI

Izgrev - Sunrise

   The Orchestra "Izgrev" was founded in 1998 in Chicago. It is the only Bulgarian "wedding" band in the Midwest. The members of the band are all native Bulgarians. Every member of the group is an accomplished musician and, together, they are eager to share with Americans and Bulgarians the vibrant musical colors of traditional Bulgarian wedding and folk-pop music.

   Izgrev has performed for various folkdance gatherings in the Midwestern US. Their repertoire reaches far beyond the borders of Bulgaria with a firm grip on a variety of Balkan music!

   The orchestra has recently come out with their first recording, "Live At The Basement", which features original compositions along with "live" recordings.

   Special Thanks to Rumiana Shumanov, George Petrov, and Ivan Petrov for helping with this project, and to Theodosii Spassov for the inspiration he has giving us as well as for conferring upon our orchestra the name of "Izgrev".

For information on cassette purchases or bookings

please contact us at:


Visit our site!