Solo Performance

Birds and Love -
Solo Performance

TAMARA SOLDAN, voice / fiedel / live electronic

A painful, impossible love. A story that dates back to 1300, a score written behind a papal bull in England. This is the story of “Brid one Brere” a song as enchanting as medieval music.

Tamara Soldan in her solo project “Birds and Love” wants to tell stories that come from the ancient past by mixing voice, the sound of the Fiddle and effects. 

She combines Gregorian Chants, Middle Ages pieces and original compositions in a new way. Ancien Chants will find a new contemporary light..





“In September 2017 Michele and I met for a rehearsal for a new project. We talked about working through our roots, our background and our present. I thought about my music life, my experiences in Italy and in Berlin, what I am now, what is around me and what I would like to explain through the music. I had been singing Gregorian chants in a Schola Gregoriana in Italy for 10 years. It was a great experience and a totally different kind of music world. I grew up singing in a choir, I sang for a long time Palestrina and De Victoria but Gregorian chants are really another thing. So I had an idea: I took a couple of pieces, I went to Michele and told him: ‘please create a deep soundscape, with underground sounds so I can sing on it.’ It was the first time we played Ecce lignum and both of us got surprised while listening to what we had just created. We recorded this first rehearsal and it became a video. Extempore was born!”

Tamara Soldan


The duo Extempore was founded in Berlin by the singer Tamara Soldan and the electronic musician Michele Pedrazzi. The combination of their two musical backgrounds creates a virtual dialogue between past and present and between two musical forms that seem distant but are surprisingly compatible.

So becomes the archetype of Gregorian chant will find fertile terrain in which, along with electronic music will find a new contemporary light.

The Gregorian chant is presented in an abstract light, detached from its original context. Distributed over electronic textures, the chant becomes a pure vocal matter, ready to be processed by the machine.

Extempore is a journey among evocative fragments and unexpected soundscapes, where the ancient melodies enter a new dimension while still keeping their original drive: the movement that goes “from the darkness to the light.”

The first album is going to be released very soon.

Extempore has also the pleasure to collaborate with the video artist Mauro Lovisetto.

After two years of artistic experiments, he founded GRINDER_7 a project in which he brings music, video making and graphic art.

During the Extempore concerts, the videos created by Mauro are shown.

Extempore music was also selected as soundtrack for the documentary Frattura by Marzotti-Buttignol-Ghione, already presented at the Gibellina 2018 Night Visions Festival.



Vortex Ensemble

“...The virtuosity with which they both master their instruments and voice leaves one speechless. The two artists present improvised games and communicate through imperceptible glances and gestures in perfect harmony… The texts from the Venetian’s travel diary enriched the musical programme…. the audience was more than satisfied and thanked the duo with prolonged applause…” Augsburger Allgemeinen


Ensemble Vortex was born out of a shared passion for medieval music, European and otherwise. Tamara Soldan began singing ancient music as a child, specialised in jazz singing and returned to her roots in recent years, integrating her activity as a singer with the use of the medieval fiddle. Valentina Bellanova has always practised medieval music, integrating it with her own activity as a ney player, thanks to which she performs with ensembles of Arabic and Turkish classical music in Germany and Europe.

Only one year after its birth, Vortex gained international attention by performing in 6 different European countries (Germany, Italy, Hungary, Switzerland, Slovakia, Czech Republic). 

With its programme on music in Dante’s time, conceived in the Dantean year 2021, it obtained funding from Neustart Kultur, thanks to which it produced its debut album, entitled ‘Dante and the music of his time’ (in German, ‘Dante und die Musik seiner Zeit’).

In 2022, Vortex Ensemble won the ‘Green Tour’ project for the Goethe-Institut, a travelling residency in three  European countries. 

As a result of the musical relationships forged during this period, Vortex performed, among others, in the prestigious House of Music in Budapest.

He has also performed at prestigious venues and festivals such as: Early Music Festival Musica Ahuse- Germany, Bormel Foundation. Geneva, Bratislava City Museum, Mensel Museum Brno.



Tamara Soldan (Italian) for vocal and fiddle 

Valentina Bellanova (Italian) for recorders, ney, symphonia,  bagpipes, voice


Some topics:


LA MUSICA AL TEMPO DI DANTE (“Musik zur Zeit Dantes”)

AUF REISEN MIT MARCO POLO: Orient and Occident: on the trail of Marco Polo




Programme 2024:

Orient and Occident:
on the trail of Marco Polo

On the 700th anniversary of Marco Polo’s death, the Vortex ensemble wants to make a tribute to the life and legacy of one of the greatest explorers in human history and celebrate the cultural interconnection that characterised his epic journeys among the wonders of the world.

The Vortex ensemble, a musical ensemble of excellence consisting of Tamara Soldan on vocals and medieval Fiddle and Valentina Bellanova on flutes, symphonia, bagpipes, Arabic and Turkish ney, Hulusi, will lead a musical journey without boundaries. Through a masterful synergy of European, Middle Eastern and Chinese sounds, the duo will guide through the sound textures of the civilisations that Marco Polo encountered on his journeys undertaken with unparalleled courage and curiosity.

The music of this project is conceived as a bridge between eras and continents, a way to explore the traditions, sounds and rhythms that enchanted Marco Polo during his adventurous travels. The performance by the Vortex ensemble promises to take the audience on an exciting journey, enveloping them in the evocative melodies of European courts, the mysteries of ancient Eastern cultures and the serene harmony of Chinese traditions.

An opportunity to immerse oneself in the beating heart of the cultures that enchanted Marco Polo’s soul and, through music, discover our world in new and meaningful ways.


Tamara Soldan – voice and medieval fiddle

Valentina Bellanova – flutes, Arabic and Turkish ney, symphonia, bagpipes, hulusi, voice




In the fall of 2018 I went to listen to a concert in Berlin. I didn’t know the musicians beforehand but I was curious to hear a project that mixed jazz and Argentine music. 

It was great! Quique Sinesi’s music is so poetic and I felt so close to it.

When I later met Quique, we spoke about music, his Italian roots and my family connection with Argentina. We decided to weave together Italy and Argentina, our roots, music, stories and languages. In one word: Intrecci.”

The Project is called “Intrecci” and it combines jazz, improvisation, contemporary and Argentinian sounds. Original music by Quique Sinesi and lyrics written by Tamara Soldan.

Quique Sinesi is considered one of the most important and influential Argentine guitarists. He has released albums with renowned musicians and is a Grammy winner. His interpretations are immersed in the traditional music of the Andes, in candombe, jazz and classical music. Through the combination with improvisations, he presents himself with a very personal mix of styles. In addition, Quique reinterprets the seven-string guitar and the charango.

He played for years with the bandoneonist Dino Saluzzi and founded the group Alfombra Mágica with Matias Gonzalez and Horacio López. Some other musicians with whom he has played or recorded are: Enrico Rava, Pedro Aznar, Ruben Rada, Paquito de Rivera, Joe Lovano, Markus Stockhausen, Erling Kroner, Wolfgang Haffner, Marcelo Moguilevsky, Michael Forman, Carlos Aguirre, Juan Falú,Silvia Iriondo,Nora Sarmoria,Helena Ruegg,Michel Godard,Angelika Nieschier,Claudio Puntin, Karnataka College of Percusion, Dieter Ilg, Jasper Van Hof, Nazim, Daniel Messina, Pablo Ziegler Quintet, to name just a few.

Jim Hall commented: “One of the joys of my secret visit to Buenos Aires was meeting and hearing Quique Sinesi. He became instantly one of my favourite guitarists.”

In the project “Intrecci” he meets the crystal clear voice of the Italian jazz singer Tamara Soldan. Together, they take the audience on an emotional journey of discovery through Argentina, Andean tradition, original songs and tango in combination with jazz and poetic music.


Photo – Roberto Zanardo

Listen on Soundcloud:


Seras Verdad




“I had the pleasure in my life to meet and play with a lot of great musicians. Each of them left me something to think about, to study on, both musically and personally. But the most important thing, whether it’s a rehearsal, a session or a concert, whether it’s jazz, improvisation, traditional music, ancient music, is MAKING MUSIC.

During the Pandemic I am studying new repertoires, which combine my past musical experience with my studies on medieval music at the University of Musicology. A solo project and other collaborations in Berlin and internationally are being born.”

Solo project Birds and Love

w/ Kenneth Dahl Knudnes Orchestra

w/Belle Ciao

Biennale Venice