The compositions of Ivo Paunov are like oases where emotions find home. They provoke the ear and give rise to a strong desire to lose yourself in them.
Composer, music producer, sound designer, saxophone and flute player. His early works include music and sound design for theatre and band music. After receiving his formal training in jazz performance at York University he started teaching music to youth, and organizing and participating in recitals and workshops in Toronto.
In the meantime, he performed with his band Afrodisiac in Toronto and Montreal and wrote scores for a number of plays and films.
He established the Sofia/Rotterdam-based band Acid Folk Five. In the following years he continued playing with the Five, recording for the Bulgarian National Radio and Television while touring in Europe.
Meanwhile, he composed award-winning music for ensembles film music and computer games and performed with the National Philharmonic Choir “Svetoslav Obretenov”.
While studying jazz and electronic composition in Rotterdam, he focused on linear and algorithmic composition using music programming languages.
He wrote a number of small ensemble pieces. His latest works include the music for the award-winning film “Touch Me Not” (Golden Bear, Berlinale 2018). Recently he recorded two big band pieces with the Bulgarian National Radio Jazz Orchestra and composed and recorded two acapella pieces with “The Great Voices of Bulgaria”.
He wrote the arrangements for the documentary “Walking on Water” (2019) about Christo’s installation of Floating Piers, premiering at the Toronto Film Festival. In 2022 he wrote the original music for the award-winning film “January”.
After completing his Master’s Degree in Audio Engineering at the Sofia University, he composed the music for the audio-visual production “Five Elements” which premiered at the Bulgaria Hall in 2021.
His composition was performed by the contemporary string orchestra Drop Down Community.
In the past year, he’s recorded and written new arrangements for the Underground Cello quartet as part of the “Volante” concert series.