Jazz Masterclass - Voice as an instrument

19.8. - 25.8.2019

Masterclass for musicians and music lovers with a vocalist ASTRID KULJANIĆ and pianist BEN ROSENBLUM with a focus on Jazz and Improvisation in the heart of the island Cres.

Everyone who enjoys music can enjoys creating music with their voice. , Vocalist and composer Astrid Kuljanic will conduct an interactive masterclass with focus on jazz and musical creativity using voice (singing and extended vocal techniques).

All levels are welcome, from beginners to advanced singers. The workshop will cover vocal techniques, rhythm, melody, harmony, expression, and improvisation. Using popular songs, students will learn the basics of arranging and improvisation starting form a base upon which new musical ideas can be realised. Apart from the group work, every student will work individually with Astrid and the accompanying musician on selected songs.

Program and themes of the masterclass:

1. Techniques and Structure

2. Improvisation

3. Interaction with accompanying musicians

4. Jazz - individual and group work on jazz standards

5. Stage – final student performance

Participants will spend a week in a picturesque village Beli, on the island Cres.
The Masterclass is intended for adults (anyone interested no matter their previous singing experience).
Pension Tramontana will take care of the full board and all the needs of the participants.

The final concert will take place in the restaurant area of ​​Pansion Tramontana and be part of the "Crescendo music festival" event that has been traditionally held for many years at the most beautiful locations of the island Cres organised by Astrid Kuljanić. 

Constructive criticism and professional praise for good work will never cease, and if you need a break from your everyday life and need some inspiration and calm we are right there for you.
On the island Cres, a small but charming place called Beli is waiting for you. The sens of time is different - you can relax, jump from the cliffs, lie on the beautiful beaches, swim, canoe, dive, collect medicinal herbs, listen to insects and sheep - just relax and enjoy the music.

You want the sea …

10 minutes walk from the accommodation facilities, in complete privacy and adapted to all weather conditions is a terrace overlooking the sea and this is where the music workshop will take place.
In the mornings you will work on the technique and with the piano.
Time after lunch is free and you can use it for swimming, vacation, nature outings.
After dinner there is a gathering and singing accompanied by a piano (jam session).

How much does it cost and what does it involve?

  • Duration 6 days
  • includes 6 full boards (from 19.8-25.8.2019)
  • accommodation in a double room
  • delicious homemade food (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Masterclass (5 mornings and 5 evenings)
  • the pianist's accompaniment
  • participation in the Crecendo music festival in Beli

further includes:

* one fun wool workshop (creations out of sheep wool) with the Association Ruta
* a workshop with a traditional island instrument Meho
* Free entry to all Cresendo Music Festival concerts

Price: 740 euro

Supplement for single room is 120 Euro (for 6 nights).

Hosting & Guiding



Nina Malatestinić - your host in Pansion Tramontana



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Renowned for her complex musical sensibility and supple sound, Croatian vocalist Astrid Kuljanic has immersed herself in an eclectic variety of musical traditions from around the world. Her journey from the Balkans brought her to New York where she graduated from the master program in Jazz Vocal Performance at Manhattan School of Music. There she studied with Theo Bleckmann, Gretchen Parlato, Dave Liebman, Samir Chaterjee and Rogerio Boccato, who later joined her as the percussion players in her new quartet Astrid Kuljanic Transatlantic Exploration Company. They celebrated their debut album Riva released for OneTrickDog* Records with a sold-out concert at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York. Astrid performed in venues such as Jazz Standard and Gramercy Theatre in NYC, Teatro O’Nariz in Portugal, JZ Hangzhou, China, as well as festivals like Earshot Jazz in Seattle, Mendocino in California, GoldenFest in Brooklyn, Lent in Slovenia and Ordokatlan in Hungary. 


Nina Malatestinić - Pansion Tramontana
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