When Novosel was introduced to Brazilian Choro, he assimilated the repertoire as if he'd been playing it for years. 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 tamburas have four strings tuned in perfect fourths. 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
CORNELIA ST. CAFÉ (Concert #2)
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)
The Novosel-Boukas Duo was formed 2012 in New York City. The ensemble's music is a dynamic synergy of Brazilian, Balkan, jazz, gypsy and classical chamber idioms–achieving new forms of expression that defy traditional stylistic barriers. Their collaboration has spawned new compositions, fresh renditions of existing original pieces, modern interpretations of Brazilian classics and Balkan folk music. Boukas (acoustic guitar, vocals, composer) being of Greek descent, the musical connection between him and Croatian-born Novosel was immediate, brimming with creative vitality and a facile language of interaction which leads the music into fresh and unexpected territory. Their debut recording is Live at St. Michaels.
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.