Vlada Tomova's Balkan Tales offers a fresh take on Bulgarian folk songs, weaving together traditions from the Balkans, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East into a contemporary acoustic sound, while emphasizing the connection between traditions. The international ensemble brings an array of textures and moods, blending fiery vocals, mournful taqasims, driving percussion, and colorful harmonic treatments, mixing old world flavor with the zest of a modern metropolis.
Balkan Tales, the ensemble's full-length album, was released in October 2009 on Bulgarian label Kuker Music.
In addition to Balkan Tales, Bulgarian-born, New York-based Vlada Tomova founded and led Yasna Voices, New York’s Bulgarian Women’s Choir. Tomova collaborates on interdisciplinary projects, and is a guest vocalist in demand in the world music, fim, and theatre communities. Her work with the Balkan Beat Box continues to receive international acclaim. Her voice is featured on National Geographic's touring exhibit King Tut, and was heard in the sound installation Echoes from the Mountains at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Italy.
Most recently, Vlada collaborated in Carnegie Hall’s Musical Explorers program; she was featured on a new release by Kuker Music, Balkansky, with DJ Cooh and Teodosii Spassov, on Duke Bojadziev’s new album Love is the Way, and the European distributed compilation Chill out in Paris 7.
Vlada's recent appearances include Carnegie’s Zankel Hall in New York, the Montreal International Jazz Festival, Chicago World Music Festival, Toronto's Small World Festival, New York Summer Stage, New York’s European Union sponsored European Dream Festival, and the 2nd Annual NY Gypsy Festival.
Situated in the heart of the Balkans, Bulgaria’s distinct cultural and folkloric heritage has evolved at the crossroads between East and West for more than 13 centuries. Having joined the European Union in 2007, Bulgaria has entered a new and exciting era, with music serving as one of its most captivating ambassadors.