IVA is a voice and a songwriter who traveled far away to find herself and her sound. Now she is bringing her music full circle with a return home and a new album. Along with her band and producer Tim Sonnefeld, she recorded LEAP, on which she combines songs written both abroad and here in the Philadelphia area. Her music is filled with warmth and the perspective of a singer become artist. Nurtured by the World Cafe Live over her years of performing both in the U.S. and abroad, IVA is thrilled to present her music first at this unique venue.
Funded by an extremely successful Kickstarter campaign, LEAP was recorded at Milkboy Studios in Philadelphia under the guidance of Tim Sonnefeld, who has been part of many projects including grammy winning albums by Usher as well as many favorite Philly Local artists including Sharon Little and his band Town Hall. IVA performed the music for the album over a few years, finding the right musicians for the songs and earning strong reviews from local press as well as recognition in national and international publications like the Huffington Post and Sweden in American magazine. She has been supporting national performing artists like Kat Edmonson and Paula Cole as well as headlining her own shows.
IVA was first trained as a classical singer and shifted from opera to pop thanks to an appearance on
NBC’s Late Night with Conan O’Brien. Band leader Max Weinberg liked her voice and she was invited to return the show several times as a singer and actress. In the midst of her conservatory training at The Juilliard School and The Manhattan School of Music, she began to play at New York clubs and Off-Broadway venues like The Public Theatre, The Cutting Room and Pianos. In 2004, she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and moved to study Scandinavian classical music in Stockholm, Sweden.
Her time in Stockholm marked a time of intense creativity, and she decided to remain in Sweden to explore how her musical influences could be expanded into more popular genres. She wrote and released two albums of her own original music, the self-titled “IVA” with French-New York label Vurse, and “Ivolution” with Sweden’s Martin and Andreas Karlegård. She had simultaneous breakthroughs with her debut at the Royal Opera, Stockholm, all while releasing “Ivolution” with Universal Sweden onto national radio and television. She received write-ups from Swedish press as well as Billboard Magazine as a true artist to watch.
IVA’s vocals and stage presence have been compared to that of Norah Jones, Joanie Mitchell and Florence Welch. She has been championed by the World Cafe Live as well as the Grand Opera House in Delaware, and WSTW’s Hometown Heroes. She also performs original works by other composers and continues to sing both her own music as well as classical repertoire. She will tour Poland, Sweden and Germany this summer with Julie Nishimura on piano and is beginning to perform her album in Philadelphia and beyond.