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