Tamara Obrovac - voice, composer
Stefano Battaglia - piano
Salvatore Maiore - double bass
Krunoslav Levačić - drums
NEW CD "TRANSADRIATICUM" (June 2019, Alessa Records)
From concert reviews
“Tamara Obrovac - a new and exciting acquaintance ...with her fine trio, she gave us a supplement of something we didn't know we needed."
Trondheim Jazz Festival - concert review by Tor Hammerø (NO)
Apotheosis of sensibility
“The album and the promotional concert are the confirmation of a series of wonders abounding in the music of Tamara Obrovac. Through her music, she speaks about life and easily transforms her personal, concrete experiences into universal truths. With an archaic language, she manages to communicate in a modern and appealing way.This is an apotheosis of Istria, of its melodies and of jazz. A jazz that in Tamara Obrovac combines, seemingly completely distant differences. Above all, this is the apotheosis of a deep and sincere sensibility.”
Jazz.hr Festival - concert review by Saša Drach, Cantus, July 2019 (HR)
From CD reviews
"On the new CD, the outstanding Croatian singer Tamara Obrovac remains in her specific sentimental space, of course, at the highest level, with a music codex and messages that shy away from the superficial.
Obrovac sings about night hags, slaves, pain in one’s soul and the glint of tears. Touching.
Of course, this venture is only possible with congenial musicians – Tamara’s Croatian drummer Krunoslav Levačić and two top-class Italian musicians: Stefano Battaglia on piano and Salvatore Maiore on double bass."
Ernst Weiss, Concerto magazine (AT)
"The selection of collaborators, the identity of this quartet, the search for balance in the dramaturgy of the compositions as well as the right balance of power in the subtlety ratios of the expressiveness and unbridled improvisation are the reasons why Transadriaticum may be one of Tamara’s best albums ever.”
HRT - Croatian radiotelevision, October 2019 (HR)
“On this “Transadriaticum” album, Tamara Obrovac again confirmed her unique contact with her musicians and once again proved as a great example that even local music can become a product of worldwide export! Beautiful!”
Patrick Španko, SKJazz, September 2019 (SK)
The strenght and the greatness of an individual musical expression
"An excellent contemporary jazz album that will surely arouse great interest among jazz lovers around the world..."
Dubravko Jagatić, Nacional (HR)
"Published on the international market, the TransAdriaticum CD is a great export product.
TransAdriaticum is a great example of local music that is suitable for world-export, not only because it shares the same values and cultural importance of recognizing a new era but because of its understanding and feeling of both the traditional and contemporary jazz, use of the local “spices” and the brilliant, graceful performance of Tamara Obrovac and her musicians.
Tamara Obrovac has long been performing abroad and the old saying that if you dip your toe into the ocean you are connected to the whole world can certainly apply here. Of course, if such “toes”, her collaborators and her unique vocals, produce such exciting music.
This time with a new set up and a different tone, Tamara again confirmed that she is a leading Croatian musician who regularly achieves a unique “full-on” contact with her collaborators, which consequently produces such feats."
Hrvoje Horvat, Večernji list (HR)