As an ensemble director, musician and scholar, V. Ivanoff endeavors to mediate betweenthe theory and practice of music. He illuminates the connecting threads between Orient and Occident, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, past cultures and present time. By doing this, he is not interested in creating hip cross-cultural mishmash projects. Instead, he is driven to create a deeper public consciousness for cultural distinctions, for clichés, for the patterns, which determine our perception of the Other and the Foreign.
Vladimir Ivanoff, the group's director and arranger, has an unfailing instinct for finding musical ground where his transformations seem natural. Allan Kozinn, The New York Times (USA) , 21.11.2011