Ruth Koleva

Album Launch ‘Tokyo’

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Last Show: Sunday 14 th May 2017

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

Bulgarian singer songwriter, Ruth Koleva, returns with new single ‘Tokyo’. It’s another head-nodding groove that quickly gets in your head and won’t let go. Produced by compatriot Gueorgiu Linev of LA band Kan Wakan, and written with Beats 1 Radio composer Jonah Christian and rising star Rachel Row, this brooding love song explores the idea of opposites attracting. “We grow when we exchange energy,” she says. “And that’s why this song is called ‘Tokyo’. It’s a meeting place where many worlds collide.”  The track features another impressive group of musicians at the vanguard of contemporary soul/RnB including keys maestro Ron Avant (Anderson Paak) drummer Gene Coye (Flying Lotus) and bassist Cooper Appelt. Koleva’s second album Confidence. Truth will be released in Spring 2017.

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"Ruth Koleva's voice is amazing"

Mark Ronson

Think music and Bulgaria is probably not the first place that springs to mind. But it’s definitely got soul and Ruth Koleva is leading the pack. Born into the hardship of post-Communist Eastern Europe, she quickly developed into a rounded artist. There were multiple excursions into local scenes, a stint at the Hollywood Pop Academy… Then came her debut album. RUTH scooped the top prize at the BG Radio Awards in 2014. Hit-making producer Mark Ronson (Amy Winehouse, Lady Gaga) called it “amazing”. 

Koleva has since become a national treasure. She’s shared the stage with legends including jazz vocalist Bobby McFerrin, wooed kindred spirits like N’Dambi and performed a sold-out concert at Bulgaria Hall with the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra. The power of her music is subtle yet absorbing, rewarding those who spend time with it. On Confidence. Truth expect an even more affecting set of songs with a contemporary twist, produced by Crooked Waters’ Kan Wakan and bolstered by tight band of musicians (including Alicia Keys’ musical director Brandon Coleman).