IRFAN is an Ethereal World Music band formed in Sofia, Bulgaria in 2001. The kaleidoscopic sound of IRFAN reveals an original electro-acoustic World Fusion influenced by the sacred and folk music traditions of the Balkans, Anatolia, Persia, the Middle East, North Africa and India, as well as by the musical and spiritual heritage of Byzantium, Medieval Europe and the Ancient Mediterranean. Its integrity bears the depths of an audio-archeology that explores the lost prehistoric universal musical heritage within the layers of time. IRFAN is known for its extensive use of ethereal and mystic female vocals in addition to strong male vocals and choirs in combination with an assortment of traditional Bulgarian, Turkish, Middle Eastern, Persian and Indian string, wind, key and percussive instruments woven into a delicate electronic sound. The band’s name is borrowed from the Sufi’s terminology and means “gnosis”, “secret knowledge” or “revelation”. And indeed the music of IRFAN is an invitation for a mystical trip in and beyond time. A message, poetically revealed in the language of the heart.
Ivaylo Petrov – oud, baglama saz, tambura, setar, sitar, santour, programming
Kalin Yordanov – vocals, daf, bodhran, darbouka
Peter Todorov – darbouka, zarb, riq, electronic percussion pad
Yasen Lazarov – kaval, nay, duduk, harmonium
Darina Zlatkova – vocals
Irfan plays on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Castlefest. Their show on Sunday will be only accessible for Castlefest camping guests.