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Borislav SIMEONOV :
Tamboura, guitar and double bass
Originary from Bulgaria he plays the music since 1984. At the age of 5
he starts by learning the piano.
He chooses the guitar then whereas his dream is to play of the battery.
At 14 years he thus learns the song and the guitar with ' Dancho Dad '.
One year later he enters to the academy to study there the traditional
guitar with Dimiter Doïtchinoff his professor. During adolescence and in
parallel he evolves to more current musics (blues, rock'n'roll)...
In 1995 he arrives to France and by nostalgia he takes again the Bulgarian
It is in 2001 that he makes knowledge with Zangora; in 2003 he joint the
He brings the "Bulgarian color there" while being pressed on the traditional
and popular of his country instrument, the tamboura ... in addition to
the acoustic bass guitar.
He introduces then the double bass, legendary instrument become necessary,
even essential to the musical style of the "Zangora" group...
(large a thank you with
Lolozzz while passing)
To know some a little more about "The Bulgarian Tamboura":
This popular instrument of the cordophones, of presumedly Turkish origin
or Perso-Arabic, the tamboura is widespread especially in the
south-east of Bulgaria and the area of the mountain of Pirine.
The tamboura has the shape of a pear. Its case is made of sycamore or
pear tree. The higher table of the case is bored of two or several
openings of resonance. The instrument has a length handle carrying a
narrow key and ankles to regulate the tension of the cords. Those are
carried by the rest and reserves by a piece of beech called "button".
Throughout the key, are laid out of the made hoops of metal string, of
bowels of sheep or linen thread. Their number depends on dimensions and
of the species of the tamboura and varies between 12 and 18. The strings
of the tamboura are out of metal, rolled up of a copper wire, which
makes the tone soft and tender. To produce sounds, one grips them using a
small plate of bark of griottier.
The Bulgarian tambouras has different size, with the number of strings,
the agreement and the positions varied. Nowadays, the tamboura it most
widespread is that with 8 cords, 18 hoops, with the chromatic agreement
and of a great extent. Formerly, the tamboura players were only
men and they were accompanied some while singing. In the contemporary
orchestras and sets, the tamboura generally creates the harmony and
marks the rate/rhythm. However, it makes it possible to the skilful
instrumentalists to interpret solos of remarkable technique and
(The Informations from the 'tamboura' come
from the ' private College of foreign languages Alexandre Dumas' in