The GFFO starts every concert with an overture. Then, we select our favorites in this series of projects and record them in a world-class recording studio for an album entitled "OVERTURES!"; the first is Don Ellis' BULGARIAN BULGE, to be released as a single in April, 2022
In every overture, the aim is to rev up the audience and prepare them for the presented features later on. BULGARIAN BULGE is a jazz work based on Bulgarian folk dance music known for complex driving rhythmic characteristics. At your first listen, you'll notice compelling energy in the music. This is accomplished by alternating 33/16 and 36/16 meters that move the work forward in an almost magical effect. Couple that with featured solos by various orchestra members, and you have a fitting start to an exciting album!