Some other bars, clubs and festivals JazzProfilactika took the stage are:
Sofia Live Club (Sofia), Petnoto Na Rorshach (Plovdiv), Bee Bop Café (Plovdiv), Blueberry Festival Bulgaria (Ambaritsa, Balkan Mountains, 2015), In The Palace International Short Film Festival (Balchik, 2015/2014/2012), Sozopol July Morning Fest (Sozopol, 2011), “Meadows In The Mountains” festival (Polkovnik Serafimovo, 2012), benefit festival “Smiles for Karin Dom” (Varna, 2015),
Club Case (Varna), Radio Varna (Live concert series “Щурец в ухото“) and appeared at Cherno More TV (2014) with an interview about the band.
WHAT IN A NAME?JazzProfilactika … the advance guard against bad music!
It all started with 3 DJ’s … DJ Emotion, DJ Jijo and DJ Ivo-But-Not.
While most DJ’s in Varna turned more and more Electronic, these three DJs decided to do something else: play tasteful Jazzy grooves from their headquarters: Cubo (Beach) Bar in Varna. From Funk & Soul, via Nu-Jazz, Broken Beats and Afro-Beat to Lounge.
In the period 2008-2012 – untill the formation of the first JazzProfilacika band, the “JazzProfilactika Sound System” – the JazzProfilactika DJ’s performed in various DJ+ formations, featuring different musicians such as: Roelant Hollander, Miroslav Petkov (trumpet), Krasi Borisov (guitar), Chavdar Gochev (guitar), “Fingertone” (trumpet – Phuture Shock), Nadina Kaloyanova (vocals), Vito Giacovelli (percussion) and others.
2011: JAZZPROFILACTIKA EUROPEAN TRIO
In 2011 Jivko Marinov (DJ Jijo, Bulgaria), Roel Hollander (Saxophones, The Netherlands) and Vito Giacovelli (Percussion, Italy) got together for a 3-City tour: Sofia (Sofia Live Club), Varna (Cubo Beach Bar) and Plovdiv (Petnoto Na Rorshach).
The pieces used for this tour were a fine selection of track by some of their favorite musicians / producers at that time, such as “Big Bud”, “Mo Horizons”, “Club Des Belugas”, “Kruder & Dorfmeister”, “Nor Elle”, “Ronny Jordan”, “Death in Vegas”, and others … For the 3-City tour repertoire they tried to (con)tribute musically to their work their .
Their performance was recorded on video, you can find these videos here!
2012: JAZZPROFILACTIKA SOUNDSYSTEM
The JazzProfilactika Soundsystem was formed in 2012 by DJ Jijo (Turntables), DJ Ivo-But-Not (Ableton Live), Roel Hollander (Saxophones), Neyko Bodurov (Trumpet) and Krasi Borisov (Guitar).
In the years predating 2012, the JazzProfilactika crew had been using tracks made by other musicians / producers as foundation for their performances. For the 2012 project though, Krasi Borisov and Roel Hollander wrote the major part of the tracks and 2 tracks were made collaboratively. Only one of these pieces (“Stop & Go”) was recorded but not released.
In 2013 DJ Jijo continued working on the JazzProfilactika Live concept, sided by Roel Hollander (Saxophones), Neyko Bordurov (Trumpet) and new crew member Tsvetan Momchilov (Keys), performing with the “JazzProfilactika Quartet” and the “JazzProfilactika Sextet“.
The JazzProfilactika Quartet composed several Nu-Jazz tracks, with beats and bass-lines programmed by Roel and Jijo and harmonies and themes composed by Neyko, Tsvetan and Roel. A full collaborative creative process, making the whole greater then the sum of it’s parts. In the same year JazzProfilactika Quartet did a mini-tour in Bulgaria trying out the new repertoire at the Sofia Live Club, Beebop Cafe in Plovidv and Cubo (Varna).
Even though Ivo-But-Not and Emotion do perform as JazzProfilactika DJ’s (solo or back-2-back), they do not participate in the JazzProfilactika Live formation at present time. DJ Ivo-But-Not restarted his “DGTL Bulgar” project and DJ Emotion joined the formation “High Five” instead.
JazzProfilactika initiated and organized the first International Jazz Day celebration ever held in Varna, Bulgaria. The event took place in Cubo Beach Bar with a performance of JazzProfilactika and a jam with featuring Jazz artists from Varna. Neyko Bodurov (JazzProfilactika trumpetist) and Chavdar Gochev (guitarist and featuring artist that event) continued organizing the Int. Jazz Day celebration in the following years as “Bandwagon“.
JazzProfilactika was nominated for the Varna Award category “Arts & Culture” for: “active concert activities in 2013 and successfully imposing Bulgarian club culture in the original mix of popular and club music combined with ethnic motifs, Latin rhythms, Jazz and modern DJ techniques.” (article in Bulgarian).
In 2014 the JazzProfilactica Quartet finished the composing and arranging of 11 track, 9 of them intended to be released on a later to be produced debut album.
In 2015 the JazzProfilactika Quartet recorded the music of their debut album. The recordings came to a hold when our good friend, sound engineer and “brother in arms” Ivan Boyadzhiev passed away (16.06.2015). It took a while before we were ready to proceed, Roelant taking over Ivan’s job in recording the rest of the album, the saxophone recordings for most tracks had fortunately been done already by Ivan.
In 2016 Roelant Hollander started editing and mixing the recorded material. At the end of 2016 the album was ready.
The search for a good label started and soon one was found: TimeWarp Music.