Stoyan Yankulov breaks and stretches the traditional way of playing percussion instruments by applying new techniques and non-standard musical ideas. He is playing jazz, pop, rock and ethnic music. Combining authentic folklore with new ways of expression with percussion instruments Stoyan Yankoulov reveals the unlimited variety and emotional intensity of the unique Bulgarian culture.
An all-around musician with many years of experience at performing, recording and teaching.
Born in Reykjavik, Iceland. As a child Gulli started banging on pots and pans on the kitchen floor of the family home in Reykjavik. Played guitar for two years and sang in a school band until the original drummer got sick and was forced to leave his chair. Practiced drums in the loft of the Briem family residence, while playing in high school bands and musicals, where he met Johann Asmundsson a co-founding member of Mezzoforte (1977). The pair soon met Eythor Gunnarsson and Fridrik Karlsson in a Reykjavik music store, where Fridrik sold guitars. Recorded and toured with the band internationally from 1982. Their first big worldwide success with the group was in 1983 with the U.K. dance funk hit "Garden Party" and the Surprise, Surprise album. Mezzoforte has been nominated five times as the drummer of the year in Iceland.
Troy Miller, a multitalented drummer, music director and composer began playing drums in a family band and at church. As a teenager he reached the finals of the BBC 'Young Musician of the Year' competition. After graduating from the Guildhall School Of Music, Troy started playing with Jean Toussaint and soon after with Soweto Kinch. Having played opposite American Vibes Legend Roy Ayers several times, Roy asked Troy to go on tour with him and has been playing with him for the last 5 years both Europe and the US. This lead on to a number of other collaborations including tours with Don Blackman, Jocelyn Brown, Amp Fiddler and Michael Urbaniak the latter of whom is associated with Miles Davis.