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Tamara Obrovac quartet - "Ulika revival"
With the release of „CD ULIKA" (named after Tamara's grandmother), in 1998, Tamara Obrovac Quartet presented for the first time Tamara's new way of thinking and composing which combines inspiration by the local Istrian music and dialect with the universal jazz expression. The reunion of the quartet (summer 2011) gave life to a new creativity and a different way of interpreting old compositions.
Label: Unit records 2014
recorded / mixed / mastered by Stefano Amerio
Tamara Obrovac (CRO) - voice, composer
European Jazz has a new singing star:
With sensitivity, passion and humor the Croatian singer and composer Tamara Obrovac has positioned her homeland Istria on the world map of improvised music.
Tamara Obrovac finds clear and completely natural ways to combine the dialects and the melodic phrases of her native Istria with contemporary European jazz played at the very highest level.
With a sound reminiscent of the nobility and sensitivity of the Bill
Evans Trio, and with bold interaction and congenial originality, on
her journey through different types and levels of human emotion, the singer
is accompanied by pianist Matija Dedic, bassist iga Golob
and drummer Krunoslav Levacic.
But this inspired and virtuosic singer superbly balances poetic and archaic folk expression with her beautifully crafted music, equally recognizing the significance of both intellect and emotion.
With her album "Ulika revival" Tamara Obrovac has placed
her native Istria indelibly on the musical map of the world. Self-conscious,
Josef Engels, press text
Tamara Obrovac is quietly and secretly grown into one of
Europe's greatest singers...
On light-footed rhythmic base carried by Ziga Golob on
bass and Kruno Leva?i? on drums, Obrovac can impressively demonstrate
her interpretations conveyed by warm colors of Istrian tongue.Her text
interpretations and eloquent singing blend with her very specific jazz-scat
in native idiom through her own concept of storytelling and intense recollection
of personal experiences which touches the hearts of her listeners - one
successful revival that even after fifteen years can convey timeless "spirit"
of these works.
In a global marketplace dominated by one or two languages
it's refreshing to hear a singer who remains faithful to her own upbringing
and to the beauty of its musical heritage. Obrovac sings in an Istrian
dialect, with a style that draws on Istrian folk heritage as well as on
contemporary jazz: the result is a powerfully emotive vocal that draws
the listener in to the moods and images of the songs whether or not they
share Obrovac's understanding of the words (helpfully, an English translation
is provided in the liner notes).
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