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Arts are the only food for the human spirit

24 August 2012 / 22:08:15  GRReporter
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Anastasia Balezdrova

Her publisher Igor Markovski said about her, "Vida Pironkova makes rings, necklaces, earrings and bracelets, and puts a pebble from Ancient Greece in each of them, because the stones there keep memories.  It is not only that, but there are notes in those memories. Put one of her necklaces on the threshold of the door or on the terrace and you will hear the waves of the Aegean Sea lapping at your feet."

In her book Vida’s Rosary, she wrote, "Someone finds somebody somewhere at the end of his universe and plays on an ancient lira the songs of Solomon." Vida Pironkova is a poet, a musician, an artist, a jeweller. At the same time, she has very clear positions on all issues affecting modern society today. Vida talked about art, the lack of intellectual famine and other cultural and prosaic topics with Anastasia Balezdrova.

Vida’s rosary

I have always wanted to write. Words are very important to me, to life in general. I am a big fan of Nathalie Sarraute, who wrote many essays dedicated to words and I am more or less influenced by her. I also write about words, their use, their dual and triple meaning, about the intonation when pronouncing them.

Since I started using Facebook I felt very distinctly that you have no contact with the man when something is in written form. And the fact that there are no accents in the Bulgarian language does not help us. It is very difficult to understand the true meaning of the written words. It may happen so that people interpret what was written in a different way, which may result in fatal errors and misunderstandings in relations between people.

Moreover, I learned many languages in order to be able to intonationally understand a larger number of people or the messages sent through songs. I speak six languages precisely for that reason. It is just communication is very important to me.

At one point, I found the courage to start writing down my thoughts. Otherwise, I have been writing poetry since I was 15 years old. I think, and history has proved it, that either very young or highly spiritual people write poetry. In the beginning, I started writing as a young person. Poetry is pure and immaculate at that time and it tells of the young man's first clashes with life, society and mostly of love, which is the only meaning of our lives, be it divine, interpersonal or some other.

Then I started writing down my thoughts. My book, which will be published soon and will be presented in Sofia in October, contains verses from the last years. It also contains the lyrics of several songs that I wrote in Bulgaria some years ago. They are highly spiritual and I included them in the book on purpose. It also contains short stories and thoughts, for which I would use the common definition of "texts", i.e. a string of words.

Because they are just like a string, and I even have a few texts about words, Igor Markovski suggested that we should entitle the book Vida’s Rosary. The layout is entirely dependent on the idea of ​​the rosary, I even wrote a story about it. It is fantastic and contains historical data about rosary. The book will be full of surprises: a separator in this form and many other things. The colours are white and black, and there is a colour accent that I will not tell. I prepared 33 texts and 33 poems because the real antique rosary had 66 balls.

The official presentation of the book will take place in Studio 5 in the National Palace of Culture, at 18:18h on 18 October. I chose this place alone, because many artists gather there and hold readings, jazz evenings, concerts, piano concerts and other events. As we needed a hall with a piano, I suggested that the presentation should take place in a luxury hotel. But I'm an artist and I wanted to gather many friends and acquaintances who really care about me and would love to touch to my recent works. There will be many surprises, which I do not know either. I will play the grand piano - 2-3 new songs and 2-3 old ones. One of the songs will be my personal gift for Igor. It's called "Kiss my dream". He was working at Voice of America radio station in the 1990s and he played some of my songs on the radio during an interview. He fell in love with that particular song and took it to Washington. Whitney Houston’s ballads were very popular at that time. So, they liked my song and started playing it on the radio there for a year. Therefore, I will surprise Igor precisely with it.

Designer Ani Balgaranova made the layout of the book and the publishing company is Ciela. I hope readers will like it and I am thrilled a little but I hope everything will be fine. From now on, I will be working on two novels that I have already started, but I can say that writing takes a lot of time.

Vida and arts

I am dealing mainly with music. When I came to Greece, the only two things that I took were the baby sling with my baby in the one arm and the synthesizer, which is a professional and big one, under my right arm. I never part with it. It is my biggest helper and soother in moments of despair.

Greek publishing company Cambia is about to release a music album of mine soon. Nobody in Bulgaria showed interest in releasing my music except for the album Caravan, which, however, was withdrawn because of a conflict of interest. I myself funded all the other songs and all the music that I released even when the performers were very popular at the time. I do not want to mention their names.

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