Jam Session – Bulgaria 80′
Director: Borislav Kolev
Writer: Maria Landova
DoP: Plamen Gerasimov
Produced by: PROJECTOR – Maria Landova, Borislav Kolev
with the support of Sofia Municipality
Nikolai Ivanov OM is literally a one-man orchestra. He is a composer and a vocalist, he plays different instruments and develops various art projects with musicians all over the world. He lives and Sofia and Berlin, and plays at the biggest world music festivals all over the world. He plays at exotic locations like the desert in Mali. The Dogon tribesmen there liked his music so much that they offered him a house and two wives to live with them forever. His name is in the Guinness Book of World Recordsas a participant in the highest musical concert ever given – 5345 meters above sea level in the foothills of Mount Everest.
Nikolai Ivanov OM is also a painter. His paintings’ subjects include from naked female bodies to religious themes. He pains murals in Orthodox churches but he also searches inspiration in Far Eastern philosophies and practices. Restauration is his passion – he brings new life to old buildings.
The different creative faces of Nikolai Ivanov OM are all gathered in this film. His journey through time and space is filled with music. His adventures are shared by the violin virtuoso Venci Takev and the beatbox world champion Skiller – all involved in the amazing project Balkan Khans. With them we see other colourful artists, united by their talent and love for art. They all rise high in the sky on their way to the next exiting corner of our planet. On their way to the next jam session.
Borislav Kolev is a well-known Bulgarian film journalist and critic, with significant experience as screenwriter and script consultant before his directorial debut, the documentary film Stoichkov (2012), turned into an unprecedented box-office phenomenon. Screenings around and world and invitations to the most established festivals followed. Salto Mortale (2015) is Borislav Kolev’s second full-length documentary which dwells again in the world of sports. He is also finishing his first narrative short, Christmas (2015).