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.
The re-found joy of making music together, expressed through virtuoso playing, unlimited freedom of expression, humour and improvisation, characteristic of all members of the quartet, definitely confirmed their desire for a new (old) collaboration, and their latest performances proved again that music of Tamara Obrovac quartet reaches further then the constricted borders of musical classification, spreading the spirit of the Mediterranean region over geografic and musical boundaries.
The project started with sucesfull Croatian/Slovenian concert tour in February 2012. folowed by further concert promotion in Luneburg (DE) Novi Sad (SRB) and Labin (CRO), Jazz Ahead Bremen (DE), Jazz au Chellah (MAR), Duesseldorfer Jazz Rally (DE)
Edition is supported by Croatian Composers society, Tamara has won on "International" competition 2014. Thank you
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 Dedić, bassist Žiga Golob and drummer Krunoslav Levačić. Sometimes the Istrian sun scorches, sometimes wine matures, sometimes madness threatens. 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" dedicated to her grandmother Ulika Tamara Obrovac has placed her native Istria indelibly on the musical map of the world. Self-conscious, humorous, passionate.
Welcome to the new, old land of infinite possibilities.
My starting point was jazz. It fascinated me with its freedom, its communicativeness. As I searched for an identifiable artistic expression of my own, I discovered the richness and the primordial power of my Istrian heritage, I have come to understand the value of my mother tongue, my tradition and my homeland. These have all played a huge role in the creation of my personal and musical identity.
The compositions on the CD "Ulika" (1998), which I dedicated to my grandmother Ulika, were my first excursion into the sonority of Istrian dialects and folk music, fused with the structures of contemporary jazz. This coalescence of Istrian polyphony with the spirit of freedom and improvisation so characteristic of jazz, got its final shape in the inspired performances of my brilliant musicians. My roots and the spirit and traditions of my Istrian homeland, which my grandmother so lovingly passed on to me, have thus become my inner truth, while jazz has remained to be my freedom.Ever since, my own dialectal and musical heritage has been the starting point of many of my musical researches, projects and bands.
My father, Ulika's son Ivan Obrovac, the painter whose paintings adorn the cover of this album, has taught me morality and freedom in both life and in art. The reunion of the Tamara Obrovac quartet after fifteen years has inspired a new creativity in all of us. This new "Ulika revival" album presents new renditions of the compositions which we previously recorded on "Ulika"
All About Jazz, Bruce Lindsay, July 2014.
Jazzthetik 2014, Germany
Jazz Podium album review (DE)
Volker Doberstein, Jazz Podium 2014, Germany
Concerto magazine, 2014, Austria
Hans Hielcsher, KulturSPIEGEL 2014, Germany
" Frank von Niederhäusern, Kulturtipp 2014, Switzerland