Ramo Bilyalov Yusainov, Clarinetist - CV
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|Ramo Bilyalov Yusainov (birth name)
Radoslav Bonev Yulev (by passport)
Born May 10, 1934 in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria
1945-1953: Ramo began singing at about the age of 11. His repertoire included Serbian, Macedonian, Bulgarian, and Rom songs. He had no formal training in singing, but learned by listening and by practicing.
1953-1956: "Blagoevgrad Tobacco Industry Ensemble"
1956-1958: Ramo was in the army
1958-1969: "Blagoevgrad Tobacco Industry Ensemble"
1958-1982: Folk clarinetist and singer for weddings and restaurants. During this period, Ramo played at weddings most weekends, and in Blagoevgrad restaurants most weeknights. The wedding band consisted of 4 musicians (2 clarinet, 1 accordion, and 1 percussion), and performed not only in southwest Bulgaria, but in the Sofia, Montana, Ihtiman, and Yacoruda regions as well. The repertoire for the weddings and the restaurants was Bulgarian folk and Rom. The restaurant work involved various combinations of musicians over the years.
1963-1966: "Profsoyuzen Ensemble" Director: Ruichev
1967-1982: "Specter 5"
1970: "Specter 5" went on a 2-week concert tour of Romania, Poland, Czechoslovakia, and Hungary.
1982-1984: "The Bulgarian Ensemble of the Central Club of Tripoli"
1985-1987: Ramo was a member of another folk dance ensemble connected with a company (ZMK). This time, expenses and an honorarium were paid.
1984-1993: Ramo was a member of a band that regularly played at weddings in the Blagoevgrad and Sofia regions. The band consisted of Ramo on clarinet and vocals, and 4 other musicians (trumpet, accordion, guitar, and percussion). The repertoire was Bulgarian, Macedonian, and Rom folk music.
1993-present: Ramo has continued to regularly play at weddings, but with various combinations of musicians. Again, Bulgarian, Rom, and Macedonian folk music.
1997-present: clarinetist and singer for the band "Izvora"
Ramo has mainly been a performer, but he has worked with various clarinet students over the years. There were 7 people whom he taught to play from beginner level up, and several of these continued studying with him to an advanced level and then became professional musicians themselves. In terms of Americans, the only ones I know of who have worked with him are Matthew Fass and Peter Jaques. He has had less experience teaching singing, but he has been working with a student for about one year now, predominantly on Macedonian singing. I find him to be a very patient and supportive teacher, but at the same time, he pays close attention to detail and doesn't let any mistakes slip by uncorrected. He's also a good storyteller, and enjoys giving the background on the songs, if the student is interested.
Ramo with members of "Izvora" - August 1999