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Biography

"Vataff Project" is a mix of a electronic music basis, electronic beat and traditional bulgarian instruments and visual performance. The project has its own and specific sound although it contains elements of psychedelic-techno, triphop, ambient. Musicians explore by combining the acoustic sound of bagpipe, kaval, percussion, vocals with analogue synthesis, their common soundings and impacts. The music of "Vataff" leads to profound feelings of ecstasy, dance and ritual which come from the ancient times, the present and the future. The permanent development and evolution of sound, the search for states going beyond the field of matrix forms and images are basic tendencies set in the project's idea.

"Vataff Project" is initiated by Victor Marinov /Victor's Mob/ during the fall of 2001. Victor builds the compositions and the electronic basis of the music. Shtoni Kokoudev /bagpipe, horn/, Panayot Angelov /percussion/, Nikolai Dichev /sound maker/ are guest musicians. The debut is on 23.11.01 in "Club 7" in the city of Sofia. The play on festivals and in clubs. "FEM" - Sofia 2001 /together with "Asian Dub Foundation"/, French Cultural Institute, "SlunceLuna" - Trigrad 2002, "FEM" - Sofia 2002 /together with "Fundamental" and "Transformations"/, "O! Shipka" Club are some of them.

The name "Vataff" is a word which has an analogue in the steppe languages and in the Near East languages /vatekh, fatakh/. It means "leader", "guide". In bulgarian folklore the leader of kalushars /rusaliys/ is also called "vataff". They are considered a folklore relict (remnant) of an ancient elite society of warriors, whose leaders probably were initiated in religious cult, and had the ability to heal /to "free"/ through special music, together with respective rituals.

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