Rayna Vasileva is a Bulgarian vocal performer, educator and co-Founder of Outhentic Foundation. She was born in Smolyan, Bulgaria – a small town situated in the Rhodope Mountains. She started singing at a very young age drove by her father. She graduated in folk singing the renowned music school in Varna, Bulgaria – “Dobri Hristov”.
Then she continued her studies at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, majoring in “Music Pedagogy”. In folk singing she was in the class of one of the best and famous Bulgarian folk singers – Svetla Karadjova.
She has repeatedly attended the Master classes and Private classes for vocal and jazz improvisation of Christiane Karam, a lecturer at one of the best music Universities in the world – Berklee College of Music.
In 2023 she earned her master’s degree at New Bulgarian University, majoring in “Pop and Jazz Vocal Performance” in the class of Senior Asst. Prof. Nelly Marinkova.
In jazz and pop improvisation, she was in the class of Assoc. Prof. Dr. Angel Zaberski.
Her brother Zhivko Vasilev and she create “Outhentic Band” in 2012, where they both blend Bulgarian folklore with jazz, funk, pop, flamenco and etc.
They released their debute album “YesToday” in 2016 and their second album “Transparent” in 2019.
Rayna was part of:
- Bulgarian Choir „Cosmic Voices“, conducted by Vanya Moneva, who has been rewarded with many prestigious awards from around the world
- Тhe Bulgarian band – Banda DelPadre, where they combine Bulgarian folk music with Spanish music
- Bulgarian Vocal group Avigeya and Ivan Shopov, where they mixed Bulgarian folk music with Electronic music
In 2019 she took part in the album of the Australian jazz pianist David Dower – “There is no stars” and in 2022 in his second album – “Mravka”.
She has participated in various Bulgarian and international forums and festivals around the world. Some of them include:
Ethno Flanders (Belgium), Ethno Sweden (Sweden), 12th edition of the European Night of Museums 2016 (Sliven, Bulgaria), Glastonbury Festival 2017 (England), Jazz Forum Stara Zagora (Bulgaria), GuitArt Festival 2018 (Bulgaria) and 2019, World Fest Plovdiv 2019 (Bulgaria), etc.
She has collaborated with many amazing musicians from all around the world such as :
Ryan Leslie, Max Moya, Juan Garcia-Herreros, Roberto Quintero, Milcho Leviev, Stoyan Yankoulov, Georgi Andreev, Dessy Dobreva, Ventsislav Blagoev, Theodosii Spassov, Ivan Shopov, Christiane Karam, David Dower, etc.