Tamara Obrovac

Born: April 1    Primary Instrument: Vocalist

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 the latest Madirosa, 2011, in collaboration with the Epoque String Quartet. 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”....
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- professional jurry award for best score for short film "Contrada"director Matija Debeljuh, Croatian film days 2013.
- Porin(Croatian national music award) 2004:best world music album
- zlatna koogla award: best croatian female artist 2003
- Nominated for BBC Radio 3 Awards for World Music 2004 (European music and audience award categories)
- Award for best music in a theatrical work for "Antigona" @ Marulovi dani, Split 2005
- Porin 2006: best world music album
- Porin 2006: best female vocal performance
- Porin 2006: best vocal collaboration(with Tedi Spalato)
- Golden Arena award(croatian national film festival): best score for Hrvoje Hribars film “Sto je muskarac bez brkova(what is a man without a mustache?)”
- best music in a theatrical work for the play "Zagrljenici",National theatrical festival Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2007
- best music in a theatrical work for the play "Zagrljenici",6th festival of Bosnian and Herzegovinian drama, Zenica 2007
- Porin 2008 for best female vocal performance of 2008
- Award for best drama for its music at the festival Regoč Croatian drama for children 2008
- President of the Republic of Croatia awarded the Order medal Danica Croatia
- “Mali Marulić”, CROATIAN CHILDREN’S DRAMA FESTIVAL, 2009., Award for the music in the theatre show “Regoč” by Ivana Brlić Mažuranić, performed by Zadar Puppet Theatre.
- RUNJIĆ’S EVENINGS , 2009., Golden Seagull Award for the best remake of Runjić’s song “A vitar puše” was given to Tamara Obrovac and Matija Dedić
- 42nd "PIF" INTERNATIONAL PUPPET THEATRE FESTIVAL, 2009. The International Professional Jury Award for the music in the theatre show “SVAROŽIĆ”, performed by the Zagreb Puppet Theatre (Zagreb, Croatia)
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. UK ____________________________________________________________
Tamara Obrovac quartet - Jazzahead Bremen showcase 2013.
“I was most impressed by Tamara Obrovac's performance at the Jazzahead showcase. Tamara draws on the folk traditions of Istria but puts them in the context of a jazz trio and the resulting music is a very original and attractive blend of jazz and traditional music.”
Tony Duddley Evans, April 2013, Jazzahead jury member Artistic Adviser to Jazzlines Birmingham and Cheltenham Jazz Festival. ____________________________________________________________
Tamara Obrovac transhistria ensemble & epoque quartet concert / Valamar Jazz Festival 2011.
“With her brilliant performance in the Euphrasian Basilica in the historic old city of Poreč, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list, she has presented the best of the Mediterranean; the melancholy of fado, the lightness of tarantella and the lyrics in Croatian have melted with the fury of the accordion player Fausto Beccalossi so organically that the following concert of Richard Galliano Piazzolla Forever Septet seemed nothing but perfectly boring.”
Josef Engels, Jazzthing, September 2011. ____________________________________________________________
Jazzarela international jazz festival Zagreb
“Tamara Obrovac has long shed all strict genre “drawers”. Her exciting voice spreads with volcanic energy throughout the whole universe of music”
D. Derk, Večernji list, daily paper April 14, 2008 ____________________________________________________________
Second evening of the International festival of modern music, INTERZON 2004, marked by Tamara Obrovac & Transhistria Ensemble
“As it could have been expected, the epithet of the main attraction of the evening, and perhaps of the whole festival as well, pertained to Tamara Obrovac & Transhistria Ensemble. Dynamic and melodious. Loud as much as gentle, warm and sophisticated. Not pathetic whatsoever. Occasionally ferocious but not aggressive. Workmanship of the band members, their attractive solo jaunts and, among all, vast vocal capacity of Tamara Obrovac, her charm and untrammelled, honest, facetious and seductive performance, will be memorized for a long time.”
D. Domanovic, Gradjanski, Novi Sad, May 25th 2004.”, Serbia

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As a Leader
Tamara Obrovac transhistria ensemble/Epoque quartet
relased: 2011, Aquarius records, Croatia
transhistria ensemble
Tamara Obrovac, voice, flute, composer, PULA , CRO
Uroš Rakovec, guitar, mandolin, KRANJ , SLO
Žiga Golob, bass, LJUBLJANA , SLO
Fausto Beccalossi, accordion, BRESCIA , IT
Krunoslav Levačić, drums, ZAGREB , CRO

epoque quartet
David Pokorny, violin, PRAG, CZCECH REPUBLIC
Vladimír Klánský, violin, PRAG, CZCECH REPUBLIC
Víd Petrášek, violoncello, PRAG, CZCECH REPUBLIC
Vladimír Kroupa, viola, PRAG, CZCECH REPUBLIC
Tamara Obrovac transhistria electric
"Necu vise jazz kantati / I won't sing jazz anymore"
released: 2009, Aquarius records, Croatia

Tamara Obrovac / vocal, composer, CROATIA
Uroš Rakovec / electric guitar, SLOVENIA
Žiga Golob / electric bass, SLOVENIA
Krunoslav Levačić / drums, CROATIA
Joe Kaplovitz, keyboad , CROATIA
Luka Žužić, trombone, CROATIA
Branko Sterpin, trumpet, CROATIA
Mihael Gyorek, alt saxophone, SLOVENIA

Tamara Obrovac transhistria ensemble
“Daleko je... / Is faraway..."
released: 2005, Aquarius records, Croatia

Tamara Obrovac / composer, voice, flute, saxonette
Uroš Rakovec / guitar, mandolin, mandole
Fausto Beccalossi / accordion
Žiga Golob / double bass
Krunoslav Levačić / drums
guest - Muc Softić

Tamara Obrovac transhistria ensemble
"Sve pasiva / All fades away"
released: 2003, Aquarius records, Croatia

Tamara Obrovac / composer, voice, flute
Uroš Rakovec / guitar, mandolin, mandole
Simone Zanchini / accordion
Žiga Golob / double bass
Krunoslav Levačić / drums

"Transhistria” TAMARA OBROVAC transhistria ensemble
released: 2001, Cantus, Croatia

Tamara Obrovac / composer, voice, flute
Dario Marusic / violin, voice
Elvis Stanic / guitar, accordion
Žiga Golob / double bass
Krunoslav Levačić / drums

released: 1998, CBS, Croatia

Tamara Obrovac / composer, voice, flute
Matija Dedic / piano
Žiga Golob / double bass
Krunoslav Levačić / drums

"TRIADE" Tamara Obrovac & trio
released 1996, Croatian Composer's society

Tamara Obrovac: composer,voice
Glauco Venier: piano
Žiga Golob: double bass
Krunoslav Levačić : drums

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