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Vlada Tomova
United States
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9 times in the Global Top 40
May 2022 #31 - Global Top 40 Momche (track)
April 2022 #36 - Global Top 40 Momche (track)
July 2021 #37 - Global Top 40 Dimianinka (track)
4 times in the Global Top 40
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About: Vlada Tomova in Havana
One of Bulgaria's most exciting contemporary voices and a rising world music star in the USA, Vlada Tomova leads an ensemble of the world's top instrumentalists on both sides of the Atlantic.

Most recently, Vlada opened a new page in her creative work by starting to write and perform her original songs in English, Bulgarian, and Spanish. Audiences from Sofia to New York to Havana were enthusiastic to hear the songs premiered live. Woven together with her 'Balkan Tales' repertoire, Vlada's originals reveal a disarmingly personal new side of her work, while complementing and contrasting the folklore-rooted songs. An album of Vlada's original songs is forthcoming.

Vlada's 'Balkan Tales' offers a refreshingly different take on Bulgarian folk songs, infusing traditions from the Balkans, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East into a contemporary acoustic sound. Fronted by "Bulgarian vocal sorceress" (NY Mosaico) Vlada Tomova, the international ensemble extraordinaire brings on a superb array of textures and moods. Their critically acclaimed full-length album, 'Balkan Tales' (2011), was hailed by The Boston Globe for its "haunting, otherworldly energy" and NY Music Daily as "a rich, intense treat, all the way through".

Additionally, Vlada Tomova is the founder and leader of Yasna Voices, New York's Bulgarian Women's Choir, and the creator of the Bulgarian Alphabet Song. She is the principal synthesizer behind several musical troupes – Bulgarian Voices Trio, Songs of the Spice Road, and The Lazarus Rose – that interweave ethnic music traditions within a twenty-first-century context.

Called an "ambassadress of contemporary Bulgarian culture," Vlada's appearances include Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival (New York), Carnegie’s Zankel Hall (New York), Gathering Friends festival at Moscow Conservatory, the Montreal International Jazz Festival, Chicago World Music Festival, Cumbre Tajín festival (Mexico), Fabrica de Arte Cubano and Havana World Music festival (Cuba), and National Palace of Culture and Bulgarian National Radio Hall in Sofia, Bulgaria, among many others at home and abroad. Tomova collaborates on interdisciplinary projects and is a guest vocalist in demand in the world music, film, and theatre communities. Her lead singing in Bulgarian Chicks' song continues to mesmerize audiences with the internationally celebrated Balkan Beat Box.
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