Singer/Composer/Artistic Director


  • West Coast tour with Transatlantic Exploration Company starts on March 24!

    Published on March 3, 2023

    Drawing on her unique Adriatic heritage as well as her command of jazz and Brazilian music, Croatian vocalist Astrid Kuljanic will present a diverse evening of global music. With her critically acclaimed band featuring accordionist Ben Rosenblum, bassist/bagpiper Mat Muntz, and drummer/percussionist Ben Zweig, Astrid will sing traditional, popular, and original songs in a range of styles and languages propelled by a focus on spontaneous interaction and interpretive flexibility. Renowned for her complex musical sensibility, Astrid Kuljanic has immersed herself … Read More »

  • Crescendo Elements on tour: Ljubljana, Brentonico, Nogaredo, Rijeka, Cres!

    Published on December 17, 2022

    With great joy we are starting the tour today with this very special project! It’s been way too long since our last performance, so I hope to see some of you in person at one of these events! Crescendo Elements is a multidisciplinary concert that includes a felting workshop and a photo exhibition of felted costume design through a trip to different locations. The ability to convey the traditions, emotions, colors and sonorities associated with the environment and history of … Read More »

  • Crescendo Music Festival time is here!

    Published on August 16, 2021

    The 13th Crescendo Music Festival brings together local, national, and international artists to celebrate music and art at various locations on the island of Cres. Due to the specific needs for social distancing, this year we have a reduced program but we are looking forward to meeting again with our audiences and enjoying our beautiful island! There will be 3 concerts in 3 different locations: Borna Šercar’s Jazziana Croatica will play on Guvno up in Vidovići village, Mildreds in Open … Read More »

  • Grammy nomination!!

    Published on January 31, 2021

    Thana Alexa’s recording ONA (meaning SHE in Croatian) was nominated in two categories for this years Grammy: Best Jazz Vocal Album and Best Jazz Solo by REGINA CARTER! How amazing is that?!? I have never thought I would be a part of a Grammy nominated recording, and here it is! Thana came to my “Riva” album release at Carnegie Hall in 2017 and heard Vocal Group Rosa who I am a part of and who were performing as guests, and … Read More »

  • “Why Are You Gone?” new online concert on Thursday, November 19 2020

    Published on November 2, 2020

    After the 1st edition of the concert in July 2020 when we experienced technical issues and were not able to present the whole program, we are scheduling another live stream performance on Wednesday, November 18th 2020 at 8 pm New York time! Astrid Kuljanic’s project “Why Are You Gone?” is a performance project featuring music connected to the experience of migration, from the perspective of immigrants as well as the countries they’ve left. The program will consist of music written … Read More »

  • 12. Crescendo Music Festival 2020 Edition is happening in August!

    Published on July 30, 2020

    I am beyond excited that I can invite you to the 12. Crescendo Music Festival! This year we had to reduce the program but we are so happy that it will happen at all! 2 days, one in the beautiful Open Air Theatre and another up in the fields in the hills, 4 sets: solo, duo, quartet and even a sextet! Check the whole program and description here:

  • Astrid Kuljanic’s project “Why Are You Gone?” has been awarded a Brooklyn Arts Fund grant! Online performance scheduled for July 16th 2020, reserve your spot by registering at the Zoom link in the description

    Published on June 23, 2020

    Astrid Kuljanic’s project Why Are You Gone? has been awarded a Brooklyn Arts Fund grant to produce multiple concerts in neighborhoods that have a significant immigrant population from Eastern and Southern Europe through Brooklyn. Since the current situation doesn’t allow for live performances, we decided to live stream the concert in duo with Mat Muntz on bass and bagpipes, and make it more interactive. Why Are You Gone? is a performance project featuring music connected to the experience of migration, … Read More »

  • Elements NOT coming to Croatia and Italy

    Published on March 13, 2020

    Photo by Damir Silov We were supposed to bring our new multidisciplinary project Elements to Italy and Croatia, but due to the Corona virus we ha to cancel it it. Hopefully some of the performances will be postponed for June, with another try to go to Italy next winter. Our grand finale for photo shoots include Vesna’s new dress, snow and the Alps, so stay tuned for next February or March. We had a bit of difficulties booking regular jazz … Read More »