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Filip Novosel. Born in Slavonski Brod, Croatia, Novosel is highly regarded as one of today’s most important innovators on the tambura/brac, forging new connections between Croatian and gypsy heritages, jazz and classical music. With his father as his first tambura teacher, he began his music education at Ivan Zajc as a pianist in Slavonski Brod, then at Franjo Kuha?, (theory department in Osijek). He earned a masters degree in Music Education from the Zagreb Music Academy (with thesis in Tambura Techniques in jazz) in 2011.

Filip and colleague Petar ?ulibrk (piano) soon established the Novosel & ?ulibrk Duo and Quartet Corona, the first Croatian jazz ensembles to feature the tambura. The quartet performed at the first Avantgarde Jazz Festival in Rovinj as opening act for guitarist George Benson. Their first CD is Live in Slavonski Brod, and they are currently working on their second recording. He performs often with other ensembles and orchestras, including the one hundred-member Croatian Tambura Orchestra as both soloist and composer/arranger.

Novosel attended numerous jazz workshops with Juan Garcia Herreros, Jim Rotondi, Sigi Feigl and Saša Nestorovi?. The 2011 summer workshop in Bassano del Grappa, Italy (led by New School Jazz and Contemporary Music faculty in New York City), proved to be pivotal. He was named the most talented musician among sixty participants, leading directly to his acceptance into the New School’s program– the first tambura soloist ever to enroll in a major American jazz school.

As currently based in New York, Filip is working on various projects, of which the most important is duo with guitarist Richard Boukas, highly acclaimed Brazilian jazz expert. When Novosel was introduced to the rich genre of Brazilian Choro, it ignited a mutual intention to explore how tambura, guitar and voice could offer fresh interpretations of this and other styles, including Croatian folk music (Boukas is of Greek heritage). In this way, the roots of the music remain clear, while achieving new forms that defy traditional stylistic barriers. Filip is surely destined to elevate the tambura to ever higher levels of recognition and artistic accomplishments around the world.

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