guitar and voice could blend Brazilian music with all the abovementioned styles. In this way, the roots of the music remain clear, while achieving new forms that defy traditional stylistic barriers. This exciting collaboration has led to compositions written specifically for the duo, as well as new arrangements of existing original pieces. The duo gave its premiere concert at St. Michael's Church on May 20th, 2012 in New York City.
From the smallest high-pitched bisernica (smaller than mandolin) to berde (as big as an acoustic bass), all tambura have four strings tuned in perfect fourths, with the highest string doubled in unison (except for berde). They are played with a large, thick oblong pick, producing a full, clear tone. Novosel plays the A-brac, a middle-register tambura (tuned top-to-bottom: A-E-B-F#) with the high A string doubled. He currently plays a custom 5-string (with a low C#) by acclaimed luthier Stjepan M. Gilg.
"LIVE AT ST. MICHAEL'S"
Duo CD "Live at St. Michaels"
Other Live Duo Recordings
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1. Gajatucada (Boukas, samba)
2. Sinceramente (Boukas, choro lento)
special guest: Sérgio Galvão, soprano saxophone)
3. Ne Si Go Prodovaj Koljo Ciflikot
(trad. Macedonian, arr. Novosel)
4. Samba pr'o Sérgio (Boukas, samba)
(dedicated to Sérgio Santos)
5. Boukas Baião (Boukas, baião) (free download)
6. Afro-Kolo (Novosel, Balkan 6/8)
7. Chuva no Sertão (Boukas, baião)
8. Padaj Kiso Nemoj Na Konjara (Trad. Croatian)
ST. MICHEALS CHURCH (premiere concert)
9. Made in France (Bireli Lagrene, valsa)
10. Filip's Choro (Novosel, choro) (free download)
11. Santa Morena (Jacob do Bandolim, valsa)
CORNELIA ST. CAFÉ (Concert #1)
11. Viva o Rio de Janeiro (Hermeto Pascoal, samba)
12. Kasapsko Oro (trad. Macedonian, arr. Novosel)
13. Montreux (Hermeto Pascoal, ballad)
Filip Novosel is a highly acclaimed and innovative virtuoso on the tambura, arguably Croatia's most important professional instrumental tradition. His flowing improvisations, impeccable technique and uncanny ability to synthesize diverse musical influences uniquely positions him to carry his instrument into a deserved international prominence.
Novosel was born in Slavonski-Brod, Croatia. Although he began his formal musical training as a pianist, his interest in tambura was fostered by his father, himself a highly respected player and educator within the tambura community. After completing a rigorous conservatory training including both music performance and theory, he earned a masters degree in music education from the Zagreb Music Academy (his thesis vanguarded tambura techniques in jazz). He and and pianist Petar Ćulibrk soon formed the Novosel & Ćulibrk Duo and Qvartet Corona, the first Croatian jazz ensemble to feature tambura. The quartet performed at the first Avantgarde Jazz Festival in Rovinj as opening act for guitarist George Benson. Novosel performs often with other ensembles and orchestras, including the one hundred-member Croatian Tambura Orchestra as both soloist and arranger. He is also co-leader of Bow vs. Plectrum with bassist Tihomir Hojsak.