Born in Fort McMurray, Alberta, violist and violinist Tanya Kalmanovitch stands as one of the first violists to define a voice for her instrument in contemporary improvised music. Based in New York City since 2004, she has been named “Best New Talent” by All About Jazz, while Time Out New York identified her as “the Juilliard-trained violist who’s been tearing up the scene”.
Tanya’s debut recording with her quartet Hut Five was hailed by the Montreal Gazette as “an exceptional recording, one of the more engaging recordings heard in some time” and was garnished with a number of stars by DownBeat magazine. Her latest recording, Heart Mountain, with pianist Myra Melford, was released in May 2007 to international acclaim, topping a number of critics’ “Best of 2007″ lists and garnering French magazine Jazzman’s prestigious “Choc” award.
Tanya has performed in Europe and North America with a diverse range of artists including Mark Turner, Benoît Delbecq, Mark Helias, Dominique Pifarély, Andy Laster, Tom Rainey, Ernst Reijseger, Mat Maneri, and the Turtle Island String Quartet, Martin Hayes, John Cage and Shujaat Husain Khan. She has travelled frequently to India where she has studied Karnatic music with violinist Lalgudi G. J. R. Krishnan and veena player Karaikudi S. Subramanian while conducting doctoral dissertation research on jazz exotica.
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