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Maya Nova

Bulgarian born Maya Nova is a soulful jazz vocalist, educator and songwriter, whose career has brought her around the world, between Europe, Asia and USA.

After earning her BA Degree at the Popular Music Department of National Music Academy, Bulgaria, she pursued the live music stage with several leading jazz and funk groups. Appearances at Sofia Jazz Fall Festival with her Jazz Quartet and the popular TV program “Todor Kolev's Night Show” with National Music Academy Big Band followed shortly. Nova was also a finalist at two Voice Competitions for young talents: “Golden Orpheus” and “Star Moments”, where she performed with the Bulgarian National Radio Big Band. In 1998, Nova moved on to tour Europe: Denmark, Norway, England, Cypress and in 2002 she moved to Singapore.

Making the vibrant island her second home, she established herself as one of the sought after jazz vocalists, appearing at concerts, festivals and events at Esplanade Theaters of The Bay, Chjimes, South Bridge Jazz Club, Singjazz Club, Marina Bay Sands, Resort World, Sentosa just to name a few. She has also performed in Kuala Lumpur ( Malaysia), New Delhi (India), Shanghai (China), Seoul (South Korea), Hanoi (Vietnam). Since 2008, Nova has been on the faculty of the Contemporary Music Performance Department of LaSalle College of The Arts as an adjunct voice lecturer. In 2009, Nova was a semi-finalist of the famed Shure Montreux Jazz Voice Competition at the 43rd Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.

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  • Days by C. Michael Bailey
  • Open by Ian Patterson
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”Open, her debut recording, sees Nova wrapping her vocal chords around a selection of mostly standards, extracting the most out of familiar tunes with her surprising vocal range and uninhibited improvisations. ~ Ian Patterson's review of “Open”at allaboutjazz.com

“Nova parlays her international experiences into some well-crafted, almost slick performances that are completely ready of consumption, consideration and artistic digestion...that thing that makes us all better.” ~ C. Michael Bailey review of “Days” at allaboutjazz.com

Primary Instrument

Vocalist

Location

New York City

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Discography

Days

Days

Self Produced
2015

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Open

Open

Self Produced
2010

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