April 16, 2011

Tamara Obrovac - Transhistria

The composer singer and flutist Tamara Obrovac from the Croatian city of Pula is one of the most impressive artists on the Croatian music scene, and in the past few years she has become very popular due to the influence of the Istrian folk music that has been the creative force of her works. Istria is a beautiful Croatian region, a North Adriatic peninsula, particular for It's musical and dialectal tradition. She writes lyrics in a local dialect and sings in an ancient dialect which is not spoken any more - the Istriotic dialect.
Read morea at oficial site, withouth much exaggeration.

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

1 Spovidnik (0:24)
2 Črni malin / Black mill (4:03)
3 Nad moren / Above the sea (5:10)
4 Šenica / Wheat (4:01)
5 Predi šći moja / Spin my daughter (3:52)
6 Touca'La Louna / Touch the moon (3:49)
7 Gredu nan kralji / The kings are arriving (2:40)
8 Rondinella (3:02)
9 Joh (4:11)
10 Biscoti ruduladi / Rolled cookies (3:31)
11 Dušo moja / My dear (3:55)
12 Ej Marine / Hey Marin (2:31)

Trans in Istria
, the usuall word
to keep your ears clear

The sopile (or roženice left picture, as it is called in Istria) is an ancient traditional woodwind instrument of Croatia, similar to the oboe or shawm. It is used in the regions of Kvarner, Kastav, Vinodol, Island Krk, and Istria. Sopile are always played in pair so there are great and small or thin and fat sopila. Sopile are musical instrument of sound very interesting possibilities and very piercing special sound. Sopile are, by "mih" and "shurle," today very popular in folk tradition of Istria, Kvarner and Island Krk.
Rozenice are ancient traditional musical instruments which continue to be used today in the region of Istria. Rozenice are very similar to sopile from Island Krk. Rozenice are always played in pairs so there are great and small or thin and fat rozenica. Rozenice have a very piercing special sound, and have the possibility of producing a variety of sounds. Rozenice are, by "mih" and "shurle", today very popular in folk tradition of Istra.The sopila is a wooden horn originating from Istria and some of the northern islands along the Adriatic Coast of Croatia. Like oboes, sopilas have double reeds, but are always played in pairs; one larger than the other. Both have six finger holes, being equally spaced on the smaller one, and set in groups of three on the larger one. Often used to accompany dancing, the voice of the sopila is that of the Istrian scale. source

Some more on Croatian traditional instruments (sorry no translation, but if you have questions ask in coments)


  1. Could you possibly reupload the Transhistria album? hadn't had the chance to listen to it in its entirety, though Сrni Malin is unforgettable, especially in this, less jazzy rendition.

  2. Yes of corse but please look in a day or two.

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