Sofia, Sofia-Capital, BGR

Oratnitza are six young Bulgarian musicians who share a love for both Bulgarian folklore and contemporary bass genres. Inspired by past and present, they seek to regenerate their musical roots into the future.
The band travels the globe to showcase the expression of their musical DNA. With every discovery, adventure, and encounter their folktronic composition mutates. It is musical metaphysics.

Oratnitza brings you thrilling, rolling Bulgarian ethnobass and it’s 100% live!


Oratniza’s music is a blend of folk melodies, orthodox-style chanting, distant aboriginal themes, hip-hop, dubstep, trap D’n’B, and irregular rhythms. Oratniza interprets Bulgarian traditional songs in a way that our generation can truly embrace. The band is reviving an interest in Bulgarian musical tradition amongst young and old, not only in Bulgaria, but in the whole of Europe. Thanks to the masterful combination of regional folklore elements, with global musical styles and the use of atypical instruments, Oratniza’s music touches us regardless of our background. 


  “Verein Die Brucke”, AT 

 “Balkan Trafik”, “Gooikoorts”, “Dranouter”, “Brosella Folk and Jazz”, “GC De Maalbeek”, “La Tentation”, “Didgeridoo Festival”, “Balkan Trafik”, “Trefpunt”, BE 

 “Kozara Etno Fest”, BIH 

 Toronto, Montreal, CA 

 “United Islands Festival”, “Propadanda”, “Vagon”, CZ 

 “TFF Rudolstadt”, “Hangar 49”, “Sendesaal”, “ArtiSchocken”, “In the Woods Fest”, “Das Bett”, “Folkherbst Malzhaus”, “Rosenkeller”, “Micro! Festival”, “Ancient Trance”, “Center for Cultural Diplomacy”, "Bardentreffen", "Folklorum" DE 

 “Balkan Fest”, GR 

 “A38”, “BKI”, “Babylon Sound”, “Szimpla” HU 

 “Mocvara”, HR 

 “Penang World Music Festival”, MA 

 “D Fest”, MK 

 “Altstadt” , “Eurosonic”, “RASA”, “Sterren Festival”, “Festival Onderstroom”, “Zaal 100”, “Mezrab” , “Brigant”, NL 

 “Tromso World Music Festival”, NO 

 “Czeremcha” “Club RE”, “Kalambur”, “Sen Pszcoly”, “Mjazzga” , “Brigant”, PL 

 “Etnorama”, RO 

 “EXIT Festival”, RS 

 “Kamwa Festival”, RU 

 “Culturebox”, “Flame”, “Pohoda”, “Trencin City Festival”, SK 

 “Atölye”, TR 

 “Courtyard Theatre”, “100 Club”, UK 

 San Francisco, L.A., Las Vegas, San Diego, Portland, Seattle, Chicago, Detroit, USA 


 1st place at Sofia Fusion Rally 

 1st place on Battle of the Bands of World Music Network 

 1st place at July Jazz Festival 

 Finalists at the European Folkmusic Award “Eiserner Eversteiner”, Plauen (DE)

 WMCE Top 20

 Transglobal Music Charts


 “The expertly-played didj blends its lively pulse and grinding drone with the meaty, agile percussion and airy kaval…” (fRoots, UK) 

 ****, "Energetic and infectious" (Songlines, UK) 

 #3 Top World Music CD’s (SoundRoots.org) 

 “hypnotizing melodies and rhythms”, “ not only infectious for the youth”, “wonderfully energetic” (FolkForum.nl, NL) 

 “Festival recommendation” (De Standaard, BE) 

 “unique mix of dubstep, drum ‘n’ bass, aboriginal motifs and Orthodox chants” (Agenda Magazine, BE) 

 “would make electronic trance wizards jealous”, “The album is an absolute pleasure to listen to”, “their take is inventive, fresh and of a high creative standard”, “infectious rhythms” (World Music Network) 

 “Uplifting, energetic and beautifully vigorous music” (MusicFrames, NL) 

 “Oratnitza proved a crowd favourite” (Time Out, Malaysia) 

 “Very innovative world folk that works fantastically” (Heaven, NL) 

 „Impossible not to be carried away by their trance” (RTBF, BE) 

 „...the sound seems to come from another world... wonderfully succeeded... powerful music of a quartet that without a doubt also handles live gigs skillfully...” (NewFolkSounds) 

 „Hypnotizing wayward sound from Bulgaria!” (Tropicalidad, BE) 

 „... the bands you shouldn't have missed... The Bulgarian group ORATNITZA we liked too, with sounds we are not really accustomed to, even on FIP, especially the 2 voice harmonies, not really evident, and yet touching." (FIP Radio, FR) 

 „... we experienced how the musicians of Oratnitza were able to hypnotize the audience with their sweeping bulgarbeats..." (CuttingEdge.nl) 

 „... it results in a stimulating concert... The light-fingered flute player Hristiyan steals the show with his virtuous melodies. The traditional rhythms are fascinating and inventive and the energetic music shimmers on for a long time in your mind..." (KindaMuzik, NL) 

 Imagine Transglobal Underground meeting Taraf de Haidouks (Le blog des critiques de concerts, BE) 

 Epic (Deepground, DE) 


January 2011:
- Promo disc
May 2012:
- Oratnitza (album)
- Vitosha (EP)
- Tzurni Ochi (EP)

October 2015:

- Folktron (album)

Set List

Depends on event