about

Vlaev is composer, sonologist, researcher, performer, music producer, sound designer and educator based in Sofia, Bulgaria. The interest in a variety of musical languages, forms and abilities of expression provokes him to use different types of media to implement his ideas. This is evident in his work which vary from solo instrumental compositions, through music for various ensembles to orchestral compositions with use of electronics, music for film as well as electroacoustic music for fixed media and live electronics performances.

His works have been presented at variety of festivals such as: New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (2020) (New York, US); klingt gut! Symposium on Sound (2018) (Hamburg, DE); International Rostrum of Composers (2018); NoiseFloor Festival (2023) (Staffordshire University, UK); Sound of the Underground (SOTU) Festival (2020, 2022, 2023) (Amsterdam, NL); Sounds of Silence Festival (2021), Grondwater Festival (2018), WFS Festival (2018), ReWire Festival (2019); (The Hague, NL); March Music Days Festival (2019) (Ruse, BG); Chamber Music Days Festival (2015) (Gabrovo, BG); Sound & Relation Festival (2009), Forum Festival Computer Music Space (2014) (Sofia, BG). Moreover, at concert series and venues such as: SONIX – acousmatic music concert series (Brno, CZ), Azimuth – spatial electroacoustic music, Kernel Panic and Myriads concert series (The Hague, NL); WORM (Rotterdam, NL), STEIM (Amsterdam, NL) and others. Number of his compositions have been commissioned and recorded by the Bulgarian National Radio. His piece for ensemble Towards Singularity has been selected to present Bulgaria at the International Rostrum of Composers in 2018.

Vlaev also has given number of lectures concerning different aspects of electronic and experimental music and has conducted multiple real-time processing and sound design workshops with Max/MSP and Max4Live.

Vlaev has gained his Composition Masters in Academy for Music, Dance and Fine Arts in Plovdiv, (BG) and Akademia Muzyczna im. Karola Lipińskiego in Wrocław, (PL). His interest in electroacoustic music led him later to the Institute of Sonology, Royal Conservatory, The Hague (NL). There Vlaev accomplished a master project focused on the design of a digital system for processing of acoustic sound in real-time and developed a hybrid acoustic-digital instrument with which he performs regularly. Currently Vlaev is focused on obtaining his PhD at the Institute of Art Studies at the Bulgarian Academy of Science.

LIST OF WORKS


For instruments and electronics: 

Mixed studies #02: E profundo, for clarinet and live electronics, 2020 

Mixed studies #01: Diffused Gestures, for accordion and live electronics, 2018 

Mixed studies #00: Strange Loops, for prepared  piano and live electronics, 2017 

Concerto for electronically prepared keyboard, 13 strings, percussions and computer, 2008 - 2009


Electroacoustic music for fixed media: 

Hallowed Be Thy Name, 5.1 channels, fixed media, 2016 

Cell/o/Phonie, 8 channels, fixed media, 2015 

Bells reflections, 2 channels, fixed media, 2013  

Water, 4 channels, fixed media, 2008 


Music for ensembles:

Anamorphosis #2, for an ensemble of improvisers and a real-time computer-generated graphic score, 2023

Temporal Anamorphosis #1, for an ensemble of improvisers and graphic score, 2023   

Towards Singularity, for an ensemble of 8 instruments, 2018 

Zusammen/Getrennt/Zusammen, for wind quintet, 2015 

Bells, for guitar quartet, 2013 (revised 2014)

Yin&Yang, trio for clarinet, marimba and piano, 2007 

Prelude&Scherzo, for viola and piano, 2006 - 2007 

Variations, for brass quintet, 2006 

Three songs to lirycs by Dimcho Debelianov, for female voice and piano, 2005 

Hommage a Piazzolla, for violin, accordion, guitar, piano and double bass, 2004 

Sonata, for flute & guitar, 2003-2004 Music for guitar ensemble, 2003 


For clarinet:

Suite, 2005 - 2006 


For guitar:

Fusion, 2014  

Small suite in ancient style, 2005 - 2006  

Nostalgy, 2004  

Asimetrico, 2002  


For piano: 

Toccata, 2008 

Sonatina, 2007
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