Tamara Obrovac quartet, band reunion 15 years after, and re-interpretation of old compositions from a new, more mature artistic prospective...

With the release of „ULIKA“ in 1998, Tamara Obrovac Quartet (Tamara Obrovac, Matija Dedić, Krunoslav Levačić and Žiga Golob) 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 at a concert in Grožnjan (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. The idea of „ULIKA revival“ project is to gather now mature musicians from Tamara Obrovac Quartet in order to re-interprete old compositions from a new, more mature artistic prospective. This project once again brings together Tamara Obrovac and Matija Dedić, who are both excellent and awarded artists with successful careers which meet from time to time. The intention is to release „ULIKA revival“ CD, followed by further concert promotion. And during 2013, was folowed by several concerts in Germany, Croatia and Serbia.

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Concert promotion starts with folowing concerts:


13.02.2012, 20h Koper, Circolo ciklus Radio live
14.02. 2012, 20h, INK, Pula
15.02.2012, 20h, Lisinski, Zagreb

Tamara Obrovac quartet 
Tamara Obrovac, voice, composer 
Matija Dedić, piano 
Žiga Golob, double bass 
Krunoslav Levačić, drums

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Jazz is back! Tamara Obrovac and Matija Dedić in Grožnjan Their music represents the very essence of jazz...

It was this new encounter with Matija that inspired Tamara to a new creativity. Namely, apart from the fact that the concert interpretations were totally different from those on the album, Matija and Tamara surprised each other by bravely embarking onto musical "tomfoolery" which was fully justified by the accomplishments of all band members. They all showed it by their virtuoso approach, full control over the instruments (and the voice) and by the ability for fast shifting into different styles.
Inspired by the setting and her willing colleagues, Tamara was absolutely brilliant in stunning improvisations which included scat, vocalises and narrative approach, ranging from the archaic tradition of Istrian music, through baroque and classical music to jazz, funk and rock.

Their music combines the very essence of jazz with the need to „expand the acquired knowledge“, the importance to know the history and theory of music, to be familiar with different musical idioms, to have stage manners and the ability to create dynamics and communication both with the colleagues and with the audience, to take risks, to plunge into the unfamiliar and new, to elevate music onto a higher level...

D.Hrvoj, Novi list, September 02. 2011

On the crossroads of genres / CD Ulika review

Ulika is simply an extraordinary album, which defies every traditional critical meter; a fascinating project of an equisite musical journey, carried out with unhibited musical imagination and the luxurious talent of Tamara and her band.

Zlatko Gall, Split, Feral tribune, August 1998