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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, all over the world) and many collaborations, she composes music for theater 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 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 "Madirosa", 2011, in collaboration with the Epoque String Quartet. 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. Through her albums, Tamara profiles her own auctorial approach and creates a unique artistic form which, inspired by the Istrian and broader Mediterranean tradition, establishes “the personal poetics of the author”. International recognition came also through the nomination for the BBC Radio 3 World music Awards 2004 (European Music and Audience Award). Here is what John L

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Tamara Obrovac: TransAdriaticum

Read "TransAdriaticum" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

La croata Tamara Obrovac è una cantante e compositrice dedita da anni alla trasposizione della tradizione della natia Istria nel mondo del jazz, cosa che ha realizzato in molteplici progetti e album con organici diversi. In questo suo ultimo lavoro è alla testa di una formazione denominata TransAdriatic Quartet della quale, oltre al connazionale e antico ...

TransAdriaticum

Label: Alessa Records Jazz & Art
Released: 2019
Track listing: Muora; Galiotova pesan; M’hanno ferita; Afro Blue Istra; Mriz zvizdami; Slavuj piva; Trukinja; U dnolu srca moga; Suza sjajna.

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Label: Cantus
Released: 2019
Track listing: CD1: Touca La Louna; IstraArmenia; Se Me Ra Morta Privari; Kazeta; Sama; Kada Te Nima Tu. CD2: Crni Malin; Kruska Je Obrana (Interlude); Canto Amoroso; Carisa; Daleko Je ...; Biscoti Ruduladi.

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Trondheim Jazzfest 2019: Part 2-2

Read "Trondheim Jazzfest 2019: Part 2-2" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Part 1 | Part 2 Trondheim JazzfestSylvie Courvoisier Trio Trondheim, Norway May 10, 2019 Trondheim, Norway's third largest city and the country's center of intelligence in science, engineering and technology, holds a key-place in Norwegian history and identity in general, and in jazz/music specifically. The six-day Trondheim Jazzfest starts ...

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Trondheim Jazzfest 2019: Part 1-2

Read "Trondheim Jazzfest 2019: Part 1-2" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Part 1 | Part 2Trondheim Jazzfest Trondheim, Norway May 9-10, 2019 Trondheim, Norway's third largest city and the country's center of intelligence in science, engineering and technology, holds a key position in Norwegian history and identity in general, and in jazz/music specifically. The sourceTrondheim started the ...

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Tamara Obrovac Transhistria Ensemble: [email protected]

Read "live@ZKM" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

In November 2016, in celebration of her 20-year recording career, Tamara Obrovac took to the stage of the Zagreb Youth Theatre with the Transhistria Ensemble. In front of a sold-out crowd, the Croatian singer and composer performed a concert recorded as [email protected] The two-disc set features 11 of Obrovac's compositions, written alone and in collaborations, taken ...

Mimika Orchestra

Mimika Orchestra was founded in London in 2010 by the Croatian composer and saxophonist Mak Murtic. It has been dubbed as one of London's most creative, trans- idiomatic orchestras, taking audiences on an adventurous journey to where jazz collides with other musical genres and art forms, telling anthropological, cultural and mythological stories of the future and the past. Mimika played at the London Jazz Festival 2012/14/15, Love Supreme Jazz Festival 2014 (Winners of the Jazz FM Discovery Competition), Latitude Festival, Olympic & Paralympic Festivals, and renowned London venues such as The Vortex Jazz Club, RichMix, Regularly at the Bussey Building, The Forge, Union Chapel, Courtyard Theatre, and is hosting a monthly residency at the Spice of Life in Soho

Ulika Revival

Label: Unit Records
Released: 2014
Track listing: Prez Besid 1; Cansoneita; Tanac; Vinova Loza; Joh; Šenica; Črno Zlo; Ojnana; Zakantaj; Divojka; Prez Besid 2; Ulika.

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Tamara Obrovac: Ulika Revival

Read "Ulika Revival" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

In 1998 singer and songwriter Tamara Obrovac, from Istria in Croatia, released Ulika (CBS), an album dedicated to her grandmother. Ulika Revival revisits a dozen songs from that album, presenting new renditions informed by the 15 or 16 years that lie between the two releases. The revival is a great success, a masterly collection of strikingly ...


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