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Tamara Obrovac

The composer singer and flutist Tamara Obrovac, is one of the most impressive artists on the Croatian music scene, she is one of those musicians to whom jazz means a path to understanding music as a whole. Moreover, it has ushered her towards 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. Istria is here homeland, beautiful Croatian region, a North Adriatic peninsula, particular for It's musical and dialectal tradition, which is the creative force of her works. She writes lyrics in a local dialect and sings in an ancient dialect which is not spoken any more - the Istriotic dialect.
In addition to here international concert activities, (numerous festivals, clubs, venues, more then 500 concerts all over the world) and many collaborations, she composes music for theatre and film, and for here work she received many awards.
Her international Transhistria Ensemble incorporates elements of Istrian and Mediterranean national music, jazz, and many elements of modern music, and her music, completely original and autochthonous, goes beyond time and geographical boundaries, thus becoming a universal artistic message, establishing Tamara Obrovac as an exceptional artist who managed to create her own unique musical expression. This creative musician has become known for her highly aesthetic performances, her interpretations are suffused with spontaneity, inventive improvisation, freedom, humour and the ability to communicate with the audience, an artist of a strong persona, a life and artistic force able to enchant any audience...
As she said: “jazz is my freedom, and my roots are my inner truth...”
She published 12 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 “Madirosa”, 2011, in collaboration with the Epoque String Quartet from Prague. 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 main band Transhistria ensemble, registered at Artesuno studio in Italy is published, in 2016 for Austrian label Alessa records. Live at ZKM is Tamara's first (double) live album recorded on the concert of her Transhistria ensemble in Zagreb Youth theatre at the and of 2016, and published for Cantus, Croatian composers society label in 2018. The CD TransAdriaticum was published in 2019 for Austrian Alessa records with the new formation of musicians, featuring Stefano Battaglia on piano, and Salvatore Maiore on double bass, and latest CD Villa Idola is published in 2020 for Croatian label Aquarius records, and is a collaboration of her Transhistria ensemble and Croatian Radio television Jazz orchestra, with new arrangements of selected Tamara's songs. Through her albums, Tamara profiles her own authorial approach and creates a unique artistic form which, inspired by the Istrian and broader Mediterranean tradition, establishes “the personal poetics of the author”.

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CD “TransAdriaticum” album review / Blogfoolk.com (IT)
“A charming and profound record, also remarkable for the quality of the production and a distinguished sound: a work that stirs an undeniable interest for handwriting and interpretation, thanks to the first-rate instrumentalists and the intense sensitivity of the vocalist.”
Ciro De Rosa, Blogfoolk.com, November 2019 (IT)
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Tamara Obrovac TransAdriatic quartet at Trondheim Jazzfest, May 10, 2019
“Tamara Obrovac - a new and exciting acquaintance” ...with her fine trio, she gave us a supplement of something we didn't know we needed.”
Tor Hammerø / torhammero.blogg.no, May 11, 2019
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Tamara Obrovac quartet - Jazz au Chellah, Rabat Morocco concert review
“She is an audience-captivating phenomenon. With her trio she brought a different kind of energy and soon had the crowd pleading for more. Obrovac has a phenomenal stylistic range and has the temerity to want to take her trio into any number of moods.”
Sebastian Scotney / London Jazz news, September 2013

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Villa Idola

Aquarius Records
2020

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TransAdriaticum

Alessa Records Jazz & Art
2019

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Canto amoroso

Alessa Records Jazz & Art
2016

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Ulika Revival

Unit Records
2014

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Madirosa

Aquarius Records
2011

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