VLAD (Vagabonds Living A Dream) is a series of group and solo projects led by Serbian born pianist and composer, Vladan Milenkovic. A powerful pianist with prodigious imagination and refined technique, Vlad merges acoustic and electronic mediums into emotionally charged sound-images which range from beautifully austere to exuberant to fairy-tale like. The depth of his music can be overwhelming. His compositions often transcend categorization, bringing together vocabularies of various cultures and epochs, East and West, jazz and classical, ancient and postmodern, groove and silence, Balkan roots and electronica beats.
While studying biology at the University of Belgrade, Vlad had led his acclaimed jazz trio in former Yugoslavia before receiving a scholarship to study jazz composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston in 1991. He completed his Masters degree at University of Northern Iowa and is currently on faculty at Augsburg College in Minneapolis.