Please, check out my “Nine Watermelons” album. My father, Bulgarian composer Todor Gerov, and I collaborated on this project, with the intention of producing a collection for solo piano that represents a variety of different musical styles. Even though I sometimes write music, my father, is the real talent in this department and he composed all of the pieces in this album, while I performed them.
Why Nine Watermelons? more One day my dad and I went to one of the open markets in Sofia (the Bulgarian capital, where I am originally from) and we ended up buying a bunch of veggies and fruits, especially watermelons. When it is the season, mini-mountains of watermelons adorn the site of every outdoor market, so we were tempted to get more of the popular fruit. Just when we got back home, we actually counted the watermelons and there happened to be nine of them. My father was currently working on a piece in 9/8 time signature, a popular irregular rhythm in Bulgarian folklore music. We thought, it was more than a coincidence… the number of the watermelons that we had just bought was suggesting a title for the piece. In a way, watermelons represent Bulgarian love for the land and its bounty and since some of the compositions in the album were written in the tradition of Bulgarian folk music, in the end we agreed that we had not only found a title for the current piece but also for the entire album!
In addition to the pieces, which celebrate the spirit of Bulgarian folklore music, famous for its complex and compound rhythms, as well as for the unusual use of intervals and intonations, the rest of the compositions in “Nine Watermelons” entertain with a selection of ragtime, jazz, Latino, classical and romantic treasures.
Here are a couple of samples for you to enjoy:
If you liked the music, you are welcome to go to any of the following on-line music stores to purchase and download the album or the individual pieces: