Vanya Green Assuied is a singer and multi-instrumentalist whose music builds upon a long-standing Mediterranean tradition of meeting of East and West. Her voice fuses folk and soul with the subtle ornamentations found in Middle Eastern and Flamenco music.

As a Fulbright Scholar for voice to Israel, she researched and performed traditional Sephardic music in Ladino as well as modern and classical Arabic and Turkish music. Other honors include a Susan Eliakim Siman grant for research in Greece and Turkey and a scholarship for flamenco singing to the Fundacion de Flamenco, in Seville, Spain. 

She has collaborated with musicians well versed in both world music and cross-over genres, including oud master Naser Musa (Beyonce, Shakira), percussionist Juan Roberto Rodriguez (BBC 3 Radio Best World Music Award Recipient), percussionist Satnam Ramgotra (Sting, Macy Grey, Beck, Black Eyed Peas), bassist Miles Jay (Youssou N'Dour) and fretless guitar and sitar player Paul Livingstone (Ozomatli), among others. With the help of viruoso violinist Hubert Pralitz and collaboration with producer Deddy Tzur, her recent recording of Sephardic music in Ladino preserves the soul of the tunes, while making them relevant to a modern audience.

Vanya is dedicated to using music for positive social change. Along with building cultural bridges through music, she also has helped bring music to children with serious medical diagnoses. After obtaining a Master’s degree in Music Therapy from New York University, she helped start a program in music therapy at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA. She has a private practice in counseling and music therapy, is a clinician with the UCLA Pediatric Pain Program/ Whole Child LA, is on the Board of Advisors of the Children’s Music Fund™ and consults with numerous non-profits in relation to music, songwriting and music therapy.