Angel Zaberski Jr. was born in 1969 in Sofia in a family of musicians - Angel Yankov Zaberski and Margarita Radinska. He started playing the piano at the age of 6. Graduating the National School of Music "Lubomir Pipkov", he was drafted to a two-year military service, mandatory at the time. When he came back to civil life, he continued his education at the National Academy of Music "Pancho Vladiguerov" where he majored in “Composition and Conducting”. Zaberski, Jr. studied counterpoint, musical forms and music theory - the foundation of a serious musical education. At the same time he made his first steps in jazz. Decisive moment for the future of the young Zaberski, Jr. was a recording of the pianist Oscar Peterson that Zaberski received as a gift from his father. The music of that piano virtuoso started a new musical path for Zaberski, Jr. At that time the talented student found himself inspired also by Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett, Art Tatum and many others. He eagerly began listening to jazz and collecting records. Excited by the development of the jazz scene in Bulgaria, Zaberski, Jr. attended all the concerts of the Bulgarian jazz performers. "Acoustic Version"- Antony Donchev and Christo Yotsov, Simeon Shterev "Banana", Ludmil Georgiev, Mario Stanchev, Stoyan Yankoulov, Vassil Parmakov, Ventzy Blagoev, Teodosy Stoykov are only a small number of the jazz musicians that in the 80's were playing at “Under The Opera” club in Sofia.

 

The first formation of Angel Zaberski Jr. was a trio featuring Dimitar Dimitrov (drums) and Peter Slavov, Jr. (bass). The three musicians realized multiple tracks in "Jazz Time" program broadcasted on the Bulgarian National Television. In the same time Zaberski wrote his first orchestration for Big Band - "The Days of Wine and Roses", music by Henry Mancini. Orchestral music became a priority for the young composer and he continued his studies in the American method of arranging Big Band and symphonic music on his own. Huge influence at the time were Thad Jones, Henry Mancini, Don Sebesky, Bob Brookmayer, Bill Holman, Quincy Jones, Gil Evans , Sammy Nestico, Russell Garcia, Ernie Wilkins, Peter Herboltzheimer, Frank Foster, Don Menza.

In 2000, the musician released his first CD- "Angel Zaberski Octet", consisting of seven tracks, written and arranged by himself and a single jazz standard - "Stella by Starlight". In the octet featured: Mihail Yossifov - trumpet, Boris Petrov - alto saxophone, Peter Momchev - tenor saxophone, Tzvetan Troyansky - trombone, Dimiter Shanov – bass, Shibil Benev - guitar, Dimiter Dimitrov – percussions. The project was carried out thanks to the sponsorship of Christoslav Galileev - Galyo. The Octet has become a frequent guest at night clubs and now actively participates in jazz festivals and forums in the country, making records for BNTelevision and BNRadio.

In 2006 the second CD of Angel Zaberski, Jr. was released under the name "Hot Brass & Rhythm" again featuring all original pieces written for three trumpets, three trombones, three saxophones and a rhythm section. The CD was recorded in Balkantone Studio and Angel Mitev was the sponsor of the project.

Between 2006 and 2007 Zaberski, Jr. joined the Bulgarian National Radio as an arranger of the Radio’s Big Band and in this way he improved his skills by constantly writing and arranging dozens of pieces for the National Radio Orchestra for a year and a half.

For more than 10 years Angel Zaberski, Jr. has been working with the singer Vassil Petrov, for whom he also has written a number of arrangements, jazz standards and evergreen tunes for trio and orchestra. Together they have given performances all across Bulgaria and also in Lugano – Switzerland and Moscow - Russia. The musicians have featured in almost every edition of Apollonia Festival of Arts, and other forums and jazz festivals in Bulgaria.

In 2008 came out the third CD of Angel Zaberski, Jr. - "Definitely Mr.Zaberski", whole consisting of original compositions written and arranged by the composer for string orchestra, brass quintet, jazz trio and soloist. Solo part is entrusted to composer’s friend and colleague Mihail Yossifov (trumpet and flugelhorn). According to Zaberski  "Mihail Yossifov makes the best interpretation of what he has written”. The album comes to life thanks to the help and sponsorship of Villy and Tony Naumovi.

In April 2011 is expected the release of the forth album of the author, recently recorded in the popular Sofia Live Club (courtesy of Peter Koev). The album contains 11 pieces, specifically written and arranged by Zaberski, Jr. for the “Brass Association” Big Band. The project is being released thanks to the sponsorship of the arch.George Kolchakov.

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