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To her ears, Balkan Tales sounds like home

Vlada Tomova and her ensemble Theodosii Spassov, Chris Rael, and Mathias Kunzli. Vlada Tomova and her ensemble Theodosii Spassov, Chris Rael, and Mathias Kunzli. (Ivo Christov)
By Siddhartha Mitter
Globe Correspondent / October 21, 2011

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Vlada Tomova’s Balkan Tales, which visits Johnny D’s on Friday, enjoys a little bit of an edge over the recent wave of neo-Balkan bands in the U.S. Tomova came to the United States 15 years ago to study jazz, but found herself reverting to - and innovating from - the folk music of her native Bulgaria and its neighbors, the sounds she had grown up hearing in the background soundtrack of her youth

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Balkan Tales, Theodosii Spassov

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At: Johnny D’s , 7 Holland St. , Somerville , today .

Tickets: $20. , 617-776-2004 , http://www.johnnyds.com