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Yildiz Ibrahimova - Australian Tour
6 June 2009

Grand-damе of Bulgarian jazz, the famous singer Yildiz Ibrahimova will perform in Australia next month. Her Australian tour will start with two concerts in the capital of Australia, Canberra on 10 and 11 of July, following by a concert in Melbourne on July 16 and her last concert will be on July 18 in Sydney.

The events are expected with great interest, since it is the first appearance of Yildiz in Australia. 
The star deeply suffered her husband death - Turkish MP Ali Dincher, and made great effort to come back again on to the stage. Yildiz will appear again before her many admirers with a magnificent program. It includes classic pieces of European and Turkish classical music, samples from Bulgarian and Turkish folklore served as improvisations. 
On stage with unique Yildiz Ibrahimova will be known pianist Hakan Toker and her daughter, little 12 years old Suna. 
Organizers of the tour are Australian European Alliance, the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey and the Tuggeranong Arts Centre, Canberra. 

Who is Yildiz Ibrahimova?
She graduated with honours in Musical School "Lyubomir Pipkov” with major in opera singing, and later on, she graduated theory of music in the National Academy of Music. 
Her debut as an artist was in 1975 with jazz quartet of Mario Stanchev. Subsequently she worked with musicians like Liubomir Denev, Ognian Videv, Vesselin Nikolov, Petar Petrov, Antoni Donchev and Boyan Vodenicharov. 
During the co-called “communist revival process” in 1980s in Bulgaria, Yildiz was forced to change her name. Between 1985 and 1990 she made her musical performances as Susanna Evrova. Under this name she performed with music formation "Jazz Line" and "Acoustic Version" for one season and she was a soloist with Theodosi Spasov in a group “White, green, red”. 
The real challenge for her was the participation in festivals in Innsbruck (Austria), Muluz (France) and Varna, where Yildiz had voice solo programmes for 90 minutes without any musical accompaniment.

On other accessions her voice can be heard as accompaniment of Neshka Robeva’s "golden girls" show "Two worlds". Yildiz was involved in music for films “Akatamus”, “Mera spored Mera” and in many cartoons and documentaries.

Yildiz Ibrahimova does not limit their musical interests and searches in the field of jazz music. She take part in concerts of experimental music for the studio, perform pieces by John Cage, entered the territory of modern art music, Russian Gypsy romances mixed with classical, Balkan and Turkish folk music with jazz, children's songs from regions of Balkans and other parts of Europe. 
The great singer Yildiz was nominated and won a Turkish magazine prize for Jazz vocalist of the year. 
Yildiz Ibrahimova is professor of jazz singing at METU (Middle East Technical University) in the Department of Music and Fine Arts and Music Faculty of Baskent Universityin Ankara, capital of Turkey. 
In 2002 in Johannesburg, South Africa, Yildiz was a special ambassador to the UN, with concert in which Bulgaria and Turkey presented the World Summit on Environment and Social Development. 

Yildiz Ibrahimova has participated in tours in over 40 countries in Europe, North America, Asia and Africa, including the U.S., Mexico, Korea, Japan, Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Hungary, Turkey, Holland, Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic and Slovakia Russia, Serbia, Macedonia, Slovenia, Croatia, Moldova, Armenia, Ukraine, Algeria, South Africa, Tunisia, Cyprus, Israel and others. 

Now, Australia will have the opportunity to enjoy her beautiful, unique and unforgettable voice. 

Welcome to Australia, Yildiz.

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