Tamara Obrovac

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Tamara Obrovac, composer, singer, lyricist, bandleader; Tamara Obrovac quartet / Tamara Obrovac Transhistria ensemble - contemporary Mediterranean jazz, composes theater & film music

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Tamara Obrovac, “the Sorceress from Istria”:

Tamara Obrovac is one of those musicians to whom jazz is a path to understanding music as a whole. Furthermore, it has led her to an intensive investigation of her own regional music awareness, so she offers us a new musical journey through the Istrian and Mediterranean spaces and times. Her homeland Istria, a beautiful Croatian region and a North Adriatic peninsula, is particular for its musical and dialectal tradition which is the creative force of Tamara's works… Her utterly original and autochthonous music goes beyond time and geographical boundaries, thus becoming a universal artistic message which establishes Tamara Obrovac as an exceptional artist who has created her own unique musical expression.

Tamara's unique music, played by the excellent musicians from her international Transhistria ensemble, is a genuine musical mohair which skillfully and naturally incorporates the elements of jazz, Istrian and Mediterranean folk music, and many elements of modern music, while Tamara's voice is equally impressive when she sings lyrics and when she performs vocalizes, thus turning itself into an additional instrument.

In addition to her international concert activities, she composes music for theater and film, and she has received many awards for her work. International recognition came also through the nomination for the BBC Radio 3 World music Awards 2004 (European Music and Audience Award).

She published 7 author CDs: Triade, 1996; Ulika, 1998; Transhistria, 2001; Sve pasiva/Everything fades away, 2003; Daleko je/Is faraway, 2005; Neću više jazz kantati/I won’t sing jazz any more, 2009, featuring her new band “Transhistria electric” with a fresh fusion of Istrian ethno and funky and soul music; and the Madirosa, 2011, in collaboration with the Epoque string quartet, from Czech Republic.

Latest CD “Ulika revival” with her quartet, that had successful showcase on Jazz-ahead Bremen 2013, (Unit records, Switzerland, June 2014) got very good international reviews including All About Jazz, Jazzthetik, Jazz Podium, Jazzthing, Kulturtipp, Jazz'nmore, Jazz convention, etc.

CD “Canto amoroso” with her Transhistria ensemble, registered at Artesuno studio in Italy is ready to be published, planed for 2015.

Currently looking for international label and concert management.


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