11. Bulgarian instruments
«The Bulgarian kaval is one of the noblest of flutes and presents the most pure manipulation of a column of air for artistic effect».
- Aleksandr Iliev Eppler, kaval soloist and maker
This website is intended to acquaint the public with one of the oldest of European musical instruments, the Bulgarian kaval (an end-blown flute), and one of the most remarkable musicians and craftsmen devoted to it.
It will feature the new kavals Aleksandr Eppler has designed and built as well as many other subjects of interest to those who love the Bulgarian kaval.
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Music clips of Aleksandr Eppler on Bulgarian kaval; music notes for kaval
|Publicity photograph of Aleksandr Eppler
for solo kaval concerts.
Background on Aleksandr Eppler (part 1)
Aleksandr Eppler, Trakia (Thrace), Bulgaria. 1970
The first kaval player to be accepted into the Bulgarian State Conservatory, Aleksandr Iliev Eppler's education and experience is part of the lineage of the Thracian School of kaval playing. This school was transmitted to Eppler through his teachers, the legendary Dragan Karapchanski and Nikola Ganchev. He has passed on this inheritance through teaching hundreds of people around the world to play the Bulgarian kaval.
Aleksandr Eppler with his teacher bai Dragan Karapchanski.
Sofia, Bulgaria. XI. 1972
Eppler is one of the very few, if not the only, kaval players to have given entire solo concerts, frequently unaccompanied, both in Bulgaria and abroad. He developed a solo repertoire and unique style that could stand up to the demands of the solo kaval concert.
Text by Nikolai Dimov
© 2005 Aleksandr Eppler
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November 4, 2011
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