Born: July 5, 1970 Primary Instrument: Viola
Born in Fort McMurray, Alberta, violist and violinist Tanya Kalmanovitch now lives in the spaces between modern jazz, classical music and free improvisation. Actively performing in New York City since 2004, she has been named “Best New Talent” by All About Jazz New York, while Time Out New York identified her from a small pool of suspects as “the Juilliard-trained violist who’s been tearing up the scene”.
Tanya’s debut recording with her quartet Hut Five was hailed by the Montreal Gazette as “an exceptional recording, one of the more engaging recordings heard in some time” and was garnished with a number of stars by DownBeat magazine. Her latest recording, Heart Mountain, with pianist Myra Melford, will be released in May 2007.
Tanya has performed in Europe and North America with a diverse range of artists including Mark Turner, Benoît Delbecq, Mark Helias, Dominique Pifarély, Andy Laster, Tom Rainey, Ernst Reijseger, Mat Maneri, and the Turtle Island String Quartet, Martin Hayes, John Cage and Shujaat Husain Khan. She has travelled frequently to India where she has studied Karnatic music with violinist Lalgudi G. J. R. Krishnan and veena player Karaikudi S. Subramanian while conducting doctoral dissertation research on jazz exotica.
Tanya teaches regularly at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London UK and the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Den Haag NL, and is a member of the faculty of the department of Creative Improvisation at Boston’s New England Conservatory. She frequently presents workshops on improvisation for string players, classical musicians, jazz musicians, and musicians in general in the Netherlands, Ireland, the United States, and the Czech Republic.
She is a founding member of the Brooklyn Jazz Underground, a collective of ten independent bandleaders based in New York City. She is also the Canadian representative to the International Association of Schools of Jazz, a founding member of the Jazz String Caucus of the International Association for Jazz Education, and a mentor to the Sisters in Jazz Program.
New York, NY
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Tanya Kalmanovitch is Assistant Chair of the department of Creative Improvisation at New England Conservatory in Boston MA and a regular instructor at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Den Haag NL and the summer school of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London UK, where she has pioneered creative improvisation programs for classical musicians. Central to her teaching philosophy is a belief that all musicians, regardless of genre, should possess the means to creative self- expression and professional development. Tanya has played a leading role in developing improvisational pedagogy for string players and creative musicians. She is a founding board member of the Jazz String Caucus of the International Association for Jazz Education, has served as a member of the 2007 Alternative Styles committee of the American String Teachers Association, and is the Canadian representative to the International Association of Schools of Jazz. In addition to her regular teaching commitments in Boston and Den Haag, Tanya frequently presents workshops and residencies internationally, and offers private and small group instruction for musicians of all levels in New York City. As an educator, Tanya aims to provide students with the tools necessary to reach a full expression of their unique creative voices. Blending pedagogical approaches from contemporary jazz, free improvisation with critical inquiry into the social construction of musical communities, she aims to provide performers with the necessary technical, aesthetic, critical and practical tools for lifelong artistic careers.