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You are invited to Black Sea Fun(d:)raiser Party for BAA!

Dear Art Lovers and Bulgarian Artists in America friends,
You are invited to Black Sea Fun(d:)raiser Party for BAA!

When: August 18th, 6:30-10 PM
Where: Mehanata – The Bulgarian Bar, 113 Ludlow Street, NYC

The event includes amazing music, art, delicious foods and drinks.
You don’t want to miss it!
Vlada Tomova from Balkan Tales and Maria Koleva from Bulgarika Band will enchant you with their voices.
Marc Nasdor spins global party music extraordinaire.
Yuri Younakov, world famous Gipsy sax player will ignite the room!
$10 suggested minimum donation at the door. All donations will go for supporting BAA.
Happy hour – $4 drinks- beer, wine, well drinks

We would like to express a huge appreciation to our sponsors for supporting this very important for BAA event, and they are: Mehanata – Bulgarian Bar, Visas4Artists and Bulgarian Women’s Club in NY

The After Party start at 10 pm with Uri Unakov and DJ {Burdel Dali Presents}
Yuri Yunakov a Bulgarian Roma (Gypsy) sax player, a founder and one the biggest stars of Bulgaria’s wildly popular “wedding music” scene. A musician of astounding technical virtuosity, his improvisational command of the style’s signature frenetic, complicated, and abruptly shifting time signatures has been known to make seasoned jazz players gulp with disbelief.

About the Event and BAA:

Bulgarian Artists in America is a group created by artists for artists. It supports and represents Bulgarian artists living in America as well as people interested in Bulgarian art and culture. So far this has been done through our Art Dates – a series of social networking events and art promotions featuring Bulgarian talent in the American art scene.

After one year of activities creating a community in the US of Bulgarian and other international artists, it’s time to make the leap! Black Sea Fun(d:)raiser Party is our first event where a mix of artists will, with your help, contribute to BAA’s legitimate establishment as a professional US organization. In order to keep functioning, be active and successful, we need your support. Please come and support BAA and its mission! Give your donation of minimum $10 at the door. There will also be artwork for sale donated by the artists plus plenty of food, drinks and more!


Stanislava Georgieva graduated the School of Visual Arts in 2010 with BFA in Photography . She receives The 2010 New York Photo Award for Best Personal Work with her project ‘Nomads’ , which was recently exhibited in The Red House in Sofia, Bulgaria and it was published in Tema magazine. In the summer of 2010 Stanislava takes the self initiation to create Bulgarian artists community living in The States under the name of Bulgarian Artists in America. As art is universal and has no identity and origin, the purpose of BAA is professional connection between Bulgarian born artists and international one as well as the lock of such an organization that is needed by the society. m,, staniphotography.blogspot. com

The Shrinks is a NYC based ensemble founded by Milan Patel (sax), Dan Gollin (drums) and Iliyan Ivanov (guitar) in 2002 as the three were completing their training in psychiatry as residents at Mount Sinai Hospital. After starting as a blues and jazz-rock band and working with different musicians, the group changed course to classical jazz after the three were joined by Matt Swan (bass) and Grant Jarrett (piano) in 2006. Since then, they performed exclusively in NY expanding their repertoire from jazz standards to contemporary jazz songs. In 2007 The Shrinks accepted an invitation from the Consul General of the Republic of Bulgaria in NYC and started the Christmas Jazz Bash at the Bulgarian Consulate that has been running strong since then and will celebrate its 5th anniversary in December 2011.

Maria Koleva studied at the acclaimed National School for Folklore Arts in Shiroka Laka, Bulgaria. She has been singing since 10 years old and has won numerous musical awards in the traditional folk music with her great expressive singing and truly melodic and rich tone. Maria moves to The USA at the age of 16th as she was performing with Kolev Family Esemble ‘Balkan Voices’ and together with Ivan Milev’s ‘Balkan Band’ Currently, she is residing in New York and she is part of ‘Bulgarika Band’. Together they are going to be touring nationally throughout September and October For more information on the tour stay tuned with Bulgarian Artists in America.
Marc Nasdor (DJ Poodlecannon) grew up in Baltimore but has lived in New York City forever. He was a resident DJ at Mehanata Bulgarian Bar from 2006-11, scouring the planet to spin global party music. He has performed at venues around NYC, and in Baltimore, Budapest, Pécs (Hungary), Nantes (France), Mexico City and Mérida (Yucatan).

Violeta Angelova is the only Bulgarian-American Ballerina. She is a Soloist with The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, performing principal parts in such ballets as “La Sonnambula”, “Agon” et al. After dancing with a number of other companies, Violeta joined The John F. Kennedy Center’s own in order to work closely with America’s most illustrious ballerina – Suzanne Farrell. Due to travel schedules Violeta will participate in our fundraiser not with a dance, but with a couple of conceptual drawings and some images that represent her style and artistic direction. Please visit Violeta’s website at for more info, performance dates and the ballerina’s blog.
Vlada and Valentina have sung together for the better part of a year, and greatly enjoy the natural harmonic beats of their voices. To the delight and surprise of joggers and passers by, Vlada and Valia can be spotted practicing Bulgarian village and Russian Cossack songs while strolling their sons in the city parks of Brooklyn.

Vlada Tomova came to the United States from Bulgaria 15 years ago to study jazz singing at Boston’s Berklee College of Music. She went on to found New York City’s first Bulgarian women’s choir, Yasna Voices, and scored a hit with Israeli dance group Balkan Beat Box. She tours the U.S. and Europe with her contemporary folk fusion group Balkan Tales, with kaval master Theodosii Spassov, and with world pop ensemble The Lazarus Rose. /

Valentina Kvasova is a professional dancer specializing in Russian, Cossacks, Ukrainian, and Russian Gypsy (Roma) traditional dances. She was born in Rostov-na-Donu, Cossack’ s Capital of Russia, and currently lives and works in New York. Valentina is the main dancer and choreographer of Barynya, the US premiere Russian music and dance ensemble. Valentina is also a passionate and skilled singer, having grown up attending her mother’s choir rehearsals with the Rostov Don Cossacks State Academic Song and Dance Ensemble. sova.htm
Ina Sotirova – film
Maya Choi- photography
Usha – photography
Vanina Tsoneva – http://www.onlineportfolio

Event Photography by Vanina Tsoneva

For contact: 646-775-1448

Thank you and Hope to see you all there and have your support

Love :)
Stanislava Georgieva – founder
Bulgarian Artists in America team

Stanislava Georgieva