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Vlada Tomova
United States
Influences: Balkan
Genres: world music, vocal, a capella, acoustic
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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, Bulgarianand Spanish. Audiences from Sofia to New York to Havana were enthusiastic to hear the songs premiered live. Woven together with herBalkan Tales’repertoire, Vlada’s originals reveal a disarmingly personal new side of her work, while complementing and contrasting the folklore-routed songs. An album of Vlada’s original songsis forthcoming.

Vlada’sBalkanTalesoffers a refreshingly different take on Bulgarian folk songs, infusing traditions from theBalkans, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East into a contemporary acoustic sound. Fronted by "Bulgarian vocal sorceress" (NYMosaico) Vlada Tomova,the international ensemble extraordinaire bringsona superb array of textures and moods. Their critically acclaimed full-length album,BalkanTales(2011),washailed byTheBoston Globefor its"haunting, otherworldly energy"andNY Music Dailyas"a rich, intense treat, all the way through".

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

Called an "ambassadress of contemporary Bulgarian culture”Vlada'sappearances include Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival (New York), Carnegie’sZankelHall (New York), Gathering Friends festival at Moscow Conservatory, the Montreal International Jazz Festival, Chicago World Music Festival,CumbreTajinfestival (Mexico),Fabricade ArteCubanoand 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 leadsinging inBulgarian Chickssong continues to mesmerize audiences with the internationally celebratedBalkanBeat Box.​​​