Bulgaria Meets New York originally formed in September of 2011 through a multi-city tour of Bulgaria sponsored by the US Embassy in Sofia. The tour was a collaboration with Blaga Dimitrova's film project “Without Borders”, which follows the lives and tells the tales of Bulgarian musicians living outside of their country. Bassist Trifon Dimitrov, a Bulgarian living in New York City, brought American saxophonist Paul Carlon into the group after Blaga and her husband, drummer Dimitar Dimitrov, helped organize the support of the embassy. Trifon and Dimitar contacted trumpeter Ventzi Blagoev to complete the lineup for the tour.
Bulgaria Meets New York was thus born as two New York musicians and two Bulgarian musicians lit off fireworks onstage in a hard-driving, passionate expression of the burning soul of modern improvisatory music. In its week-long tour the group performed at various clubs and festivals, as well as on Bulgarian National Radio and on the Channel 1 Morning Show on Bulgarian National Television. By the last gig in beautiful Veliko Turnovo, everyone involved in the project knew that this unique collaboration had to continue.
In the summer of 2012 Blaga and Dimitar traveled to the United States to continue work on “Without Borders”. In collaboration with this trip, Trifon, Dimitar, and Paul decided to play a week's worth of shows in New York City, and to record their debut CD at the end of the week. Trumpeter David Smith was brought on board as a replacement for Ventzi, who was unable to make the trip, and Paul asked his friend, guitarist extraordinaire Paul Bollenback, to guest on the recording. This CD is thus truly the result of a group effort. The music herein reflects the group's swinging and improvisatory ethos as reflected in the individual voices of each member.