A proud native of Bulgaria, and an expert of various martial arts, he is now internationally known for Poi. Through dedicated and gruelling training during his almost mythical travels in Asia, Oggie’s journey brought him to Ibiza where he became a fire-dancer… and, swiftly became the best on the island, by far.
It was shortly after his arrival here, and my own, that we met. I guess it’s a story of two kindred souls colliding, as authentic and inspiring as you could imagine, and on a beach on the west coast of Ibiza, just after sunset. Since then we’ve definitely shared some special moments – unforgettable and regrettable. I consider him to be one of the most talented and inspirational people I’ve ever met.
It’s great when you feel like you’re in the presence of greatness, and that’s how everyone feels when Oggie lights his Poi and sets off on his dances. He is such a talented and genuine performer. If you haven’t witnessed him yet, you should, and bring your camera!
Oggie’s majesty lies in the fact that he isn’t just a physical performer and dancer, he began his musical education on the classical guitar at the age of 11. He received a degree as a professional musician at the age of 19. He has been performing for over 20 years. He exudes a sage-like knowledge of the world and its people; he lives to live, and he loves to perform. But it’s no joke to say that Oggie is an awe-inspiring performer.
As an apparent hobby in the last few years, Oggie has started to perform live on the guitar in Ibiza, and has stopped his musical peers in their tracks. His vast repertoire ranges from classical music to Spanish and South American rhythms, Pop & Rock songs and Movie Music arranged for Classical, Finger-style and Percussive Guitar. But it’s clear that Oggie needs to use his hands, and his exceptional brain, to have mastered various instruments such as: Classical Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bass, Piano/Keyboards, Harmonica, Flute, Trumpet. He also counts English, Spanish, Chinese, Russian and Bulgarian as his languages of choice.
He lists his hobbies as; “Martial Arts, Muy Thai, Chi Gong, ZaZen Meditation, Cooking, Hiking, Running, Practicing Poi, Staff, all the fire toys… too many things…life is not enough for all.” And one thing that makes him so great is his response to the question ‘Have you performed with any big name stars or personal inspirations?’, his simple answer was, “No.” He doesn’t have a proudest moment, he says, “Every moment is unique for me.”
Currently, Oggie lives in Ibiza, where he enjoys performing, recording and composing. He performs extensively for weddings, private and corporate events on the island as well as in churches and old fincas.
When asked where he enjoys playing, he says: “I like quiet, intimate gigs. Also Sunset gigs in Ibiza. Love playing in Old fincas and Churches.” He has performed in: Spain, Austria, Bulgaria, Russia, China, Dubai, Turkmenistan.