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 to New York has allowed her to absorb Jazz, Brazilian, and Indian music and acquire an advanced knowledge of performing with electronics using Ableton Live. Astrid is equally skilled in faithful interpretations of these styles as she is inventive in her own arrangements – employing mixed meters and folk harmonies personally and authentically. With her New York quartet Transatlantic Exploration Company, she celebrated the debut album Riva released for OneTrickDog Records with a sold-out concert at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Astrid has also performed at prestigious 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. Astrid’s mission is to engage audiences across cultural boundaries. To that end she founded Crescendo Music Festival (Croatia), which has been exposing a diverse array of international artists to local audiences for more than a decade.
With over ten years of teaching experience, Astrid has taught students of all ages and skill levels and has learned that anyone can enjoy performing and creating music. The focus of the lessons is both on the technical abilities as well as the personal emotional connection to music. The word “playing” in English suggests a game, and Astrid believes that learning music should be a playful and fun experience. Astrid holds degrees from the University of Zagreb, Croatia in Chemical Engineering, a Bachelor of Music from the Conservatory G. Tartini, Trieste, Italy, and a Master of Music in Jazz Performance from Manhattan School of Music.