Tamara Soldan

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About Tamara

Tamara Soldan is a singer and music artist active in the European jazz, contemporary and early music scene.

Her projects and collaborations range from contemporary jazz and improvisation, to the interpretation of the Medieval repertoire to contemporary projects where she mixes ancient music with other art forms such as electronic music and visual art.

 


 

I grew up in a small town in Veneto (Italy) where I was lucky enough to start studying the violin at the age of nine. In those same years, I begun singing in a choir and this allowed me to get closer to a different set of repertoires, from the Renaissance to the New Music of the 1900s, and to participate in and win numerous international competitions—among which there was the prestigious International Polyphonic Competition “Guido D’Arezzo”. This gave me a great opportunity to travel all over Europe, get to know other musical realities and connect to different people, cultures and languages.

I was 19 when I listened to a jazz concert for the first time. I immediately fell in love with it and started buying albums by Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, Stan Getz, John Lewis and many, many others; listening and transcribing their solos until I leant them. It was then that I decided to start touring Italy to chase the most important Italian, European and American musicians and teachers and try to get even deeper into this wonderful music.

Jazz was not enough to satisfy my musical curiosity though, so when I was called as a soloist by the “Schola Gregoriana Aurea Luce”. I accepted and learned and sang Gregorian Chants for ten years. I also collaborated with “L’Arsenale”, the contemporary music and Nuova Musica ensemble. With the latter I was put to the test with the interpretation of “Diario Polacco N.2” by Luigi Nono and the participation in some international festivals such as the Venice Biennale Musica, Venice Biennale Arte,  Asolo International Festival.

I studied at the Conservatory in Adria (Italy) where I graduated in Jazz Music with full marks. During my Master in Jazz music, I had the opportunity to specialize at the University of Musik (HMTM) in Hanover. After this experience I moved to Berlin, where I still live.

My life in Berlin lead to a new phase of exploration.: a whole new music scene, new music and many great musicians from all over the world! I decided to give a new life to my personal and musical experiences and started new collaboration which lead to original projects such as:

  • EXTEMPORE duo – Gregorian Chant and electronic music: with Michele Pedrazzi (live electronic)  feature the video Artist Mauro Lovisetto
  • TRIO VORTEX – Medieval Music interpretation from 1100 until 1500: with Valentina Bellanova e Sofia Chekalina
  • INTRECCI duo – Contemporary jazz with the Master Quique Sinesi

My music curiosity had led me to this point but it is always pushing. At the moment, I am specializing in early and medieval music at the Department of Musicology in the University of Cremona (Italy).

In addition to working as a singer, I am a passionate vocal teacher and I work at the “Leo Borchard Musikschule” in Berlin. I also organize individual and group lessons for jazz passionate or aspirant jazz singers.

Vocal Training

 

I am a passionate Vocal Teacher with 20 years of experience.

My approach has a strong emphasis on good classical technique as the basis for a variety of singing styles, including jazz, pop, rock and chanson.

My lessons build up the strength, power and tone of the voice through work on breathing and support, and bridging the gap between “chest” and “head” register.

In my experience, everyone has a voice and lessons are about learning how to make the most of it.

We’ll explore and expand the most resonant areas of the voice and build strength in those areas that are weak: extending vocal range, tuning, releasing tension and thinking about the communication of the music. 

I’ve found singing is a wonderful way for anyone to improve one’s confidence and mood as well as musicianship.

I am so excited also to help jazz passionate or aspirant jazz singer to improve their repertoire and learn scat singing and improvisation techniques.

Singing and Swinging

 

For 10 years I have been organizing individual and group lessons focused on Jazz Music.

The Jazz Vocal Workshop Singing and Swinging provides an extensive introduction to the wide range of skills and techniques required.

Jazz and Improvisation are as much an approach as a style of music, and this course concentrates equally on understanding and interpreting jazz from the inside as it does on the techniques of singing it.

Topics covered include:

  • Physical and vocal warm-ups
  • Listening exercises and harmonies, ear training
  • Rhythm work
  • Jazz-style phrasing and expression
  • Singing in various styles, including swing, ballads and the blues
  • Vocal improvisation (Scat and Free)
  • Choosing repertoire and exploring jazz standards
  • Developing your own unique style
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Contacts

Write me for information about courses, concerts and collaborations at: tamara.soldan@gmail.com

I will be happy to help you.

 

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