Dreaming about biking on some of the most beautiful streets and areas in Tuscany and in the picturesque mountains in Bulgaria, as well as practicing yoga, the life of our Family of the month is full of both adventure and harmony, also with the nature surrounding them. Yoana, Miroslav and the little Miriyanka agreed to meet us at a very special place – Veda House, where we almost felt as if we were sitting on pillows at one of our Pillow Concerts.
Didi to Miriyanka: How old are you?
Yoana: She’s one year and eight months old.
Miroslav: Eight is her favourite number. It’s the answer to every question right now.
Yoana: And blue is her favourite colour.
Didi: How did you decide on her name?
Miroslav: It was difficult.
Yoana: Well, he’s Miroslav, my mother’s name is Mariana and we just did a mixture of both. Later, we discovered that it is a combination of our names – Miroslav and Yoana.
Miroslav: It wasn’t on purpose. We wanted it to be different, not like the rest. Miriyana sounded nice and more Bulgarian-like, too.
Yoana: I don’t think it’s a very Bulgarian name…
Miroslav: It’s Slavonic, it has a Bulgarian nuance.
Yoana and Miroslav met while working together on a new project. He is a programmist, she is a financial organiser. During our conversation, it was evident that working in a closed environment, like in an office, does not necessarily mean that you cannot be completely devoted to nature and everything that it has to offer. March marks the first anniversary of our Family of the month’s first visit to the Pillow Concerts. They have been devoted fans of ours ever since.
Didi: How did you find out about the Pillow Concerts?
Miroslav: My wife did.
Yoana: One of my friends liked your Facebook page – that’s how I found out about you initially. We really liked it and started going regularly. If we knew about it earlier, we would have started going even before that. She was 9-months old then. We take her to all kinds of events.
Didi: Do you remember your first concert?
Yoana: The Accordion Pillow Concert, almost an year ago.
Didi: Do you have a favourite one?
Yoana: I really liked the Magic Pillow Concert. Firstly, the music was really good – Miriyanka was very calm and listened very closely all of the time. Secondly, it was during the spring. The combination of these things has formed a very nice memory.
Miroslav: Personally, I don’t have a concert that I didn’t like. Maybe the Accordion Concert was my favourite.
Yoana: Maybe, it is because it was the first one.
Miroslav: Yes, and on top of that it was very interesting because the accordion is a very unusual musical instrument for classical music.
Didi: What is your favourite thing about the Pillow Concerts?
Yoana: The fact that we can go together with Miriyana.
Miroslav: Furthermore, we don’t sit on chairs and it’s a big open space, where you can leave the kid absorb everything in it’s own way. I am very impressed by the people that you invite to play on the concerts as well – they are not some random musicians, but famous people who come to play for all these children. I particularly remember the Italian guy with the harpsichord.
Didi: And what about our Membership programme? What do you think about it?
Yoana: I really like that we don’t have to worry about tickets – we just enter a code and we’re all set.
Miroslav: We weren’t really classical music fans before.
Yoana: Now, together with the little one, we are getting familiar with it. She really likes it. Miryana, tell them, what do you like to do with Daddy? What do you like to dance?
Miriyana: Mama say.
Yoana: You want Mommy to say?
Miroslav: We often dance a waltz. (Miriyana repeats “waltz”.) Actually, we started attending the concerts because of Miriyana. She just loves everything about music. Usually, whenever she hears music she immediately starts dancing. She always reacts to it and makes us sing.
Yoana: Yes, she always wants us to sing. Before she started talking, she used to make us a special sign that meant “sing, now”!
Miroslav: I don’t know how it all happened, although we used to sing to her a lot when she was a baby.
Yoana: I didn’t know many songs.
Miroslav: We even made some songs up. They are not really some lyrical masterpieces, though.
Yoana: She sometimes asks for a very particular song – like “Sing me a song about the potato”. I don’t know any songs about potatoes, so I make something up. Now I’m waiting for you to start the Pillows Singin again.
Yoana is very interested in our educational and entertainment projects at Modo and is planning to organise a Musical Birthday with us in the future. She also plans to enroll Miriyana and Miroslav in a piano lessons course. Miroslav, himself, says that he cannot wait for this to happen, as he has always wanted to learn how to play. Both of them have friends all around the world who have always wondered why people in Bulgaria don’t know how to play at least one musical instrument and the couple made a vow to change this.
Didi: Do you have a favourite musical instrument?
Yoana: I really love the double bass and I cannot wait for the Double bass concert. (the interview took place before the concert)
Miroslav: I used to want to play drums and guitar, but now I’ll start with the piano lessons together with Miriyanka.
Didi: If there is something that you would change about the Pillow Concerts, what would it be?
Yoana: Almost nothing, maybe I would just add more acting – especially when there are concerts with stories like the Christmas (i.e. Andersen) and the Babar ones or maybe the musicians can act. Kids do not watch the presentations. We also really like the idea of having an open space concert during the summer. We are hoping you’ll manage organizing one this year.
Didi: Do you have a favourite place?
Yoana: Yes, the Rodopi mountains.
Miroslav: But with the bikes.
Yoana: We like it even without the bikes, but with them it’s even better.
Our conversation ended with a promise for a tea party at Modo’s music house and wishes for all of our ideas to became true and to meet less оbstacles, envy and malice.
Yoana: But you are here for almost five years which means that you make something beautiful. Sweety, do you like the Pillow concerts?
Miriyana: I yaik.
Yoana: Do you want to go on the pillows?
Miriyana: yaik… go!
Interview by Didi Brankova, Pillow Concerts’ coordinator.
Photography by Minko Minev, http://minkominev.com