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Since moving to the United States from her native Bulgaria, Vessela Stoyanova has co-founded the art-rock group Fluttr Effect, the neo-chamber duo Goli and her latest group, Bury Me Standing, which mixes elements of Balkan folk, thrash metal and psychedelia.

To celebrate her birthday Friday she’s bringing together friends who have been part of these projects to play material from among her many songs and styles. While she typically plays marimba, Stoyanova has mastered several instruments, and her musical vocabulary is far-reaching; the night could summon Edith Piaf or Fats Waller – arranged for marimba.

A Very Special Evening with Vessela Stoyanova and Friends takes place at 8 p.m. Friday at The Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. The suggested donation is $13, or $10 for students, seniors and those financially struggling. Event information is here.

This post was written from a press release.