Masterclass for musicians and music lovers

Masterclass for musicians and music lovers with a vocalist ASTRID KULJANIĆ and pianist BEN ROSENBLUM with a focus on Jazz and Improvisation

From 19th to the 25 of August in Pansion Tramontana, Beli on the Island Cres

Everyone who enjoys music can enjoys creating music with their voice. , Vocalist and com-poser 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

  • Tone production, breathing and resonance, vocal exploration
  • Rhythm, melody, harmony, arranging
  • Pitch and blend of multiple voices within a group

2. Improvisation

  • Improvising based on popular songs
  • Free improvisation

3. Interaction with accompanying musicians

  • Piano / guitar accompaniment
  • Communicating ideas and arrangements to the 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 Kuljani.

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 minute 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).


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

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









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 Bocca-to, who later joined her as the percussion players in her new quartet Astrid Kuljanic Transat-lantic Exploration Company. They celebrated their debut album Riva released for OneTrick-Dog* 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 Hunga-ry. During her studies, Astrid absorbed Jazz, Brazilian, and Indian music and acquired an ad-vanced knowledge of performing with electronics using Ableton Live. Kuljanic’s mission is to engage audiences across cultural boundaries. To that end she founded Crescendo Music Festival (Croatia), which has helped local audiences connect with a diverse array of artists. Astrid is a member of the traditional female Rosa Vocal Ensemble as well as her Croatian / Slovenian band Mildreds with whom she published two records for Aquarius Records in Croatia. She 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 in Music in Jazz Performance from Manhattan School of Music.

* Beli is a historic town in the heart of the Tramuntana forest, on the northern side of the is-land Cres, 130 meters above sea.

Beli has been populated for more than two millennials. At the foot of the town is a fishing harbour and a beautiful pebble beach with small stone houses. Nearby are the mysterious labyrinths, Celtic traces and Roman buildings, proud white headed griffons in the sky and playful dolphins in the depths of the blue Adriatic Sea.

* Pansion TRAMONTANA is a popular destination for nature lovers.

It has a beautiful view of the entire Kvarner Bay, Beli and the surrounding nature. The pension has 12 rooms with private bathrooms and a mini fridge, decorated in a traditional way. Tra-montana offers their guests a pleasant accommodation in comfortable rooms, family atmos-phere and traditional island gastronomy with the view on the sea since 1995.

Enjoy exploring the miraculous world of Tramuntana and Beli and embarque on this creative journey with us!


Nina Malatestinić - Pansion Tramontana


Jazz masterclass info:



/per person

6 nights
supplement for single room is 120 Euro (for 6 nights)