BORN TO PERFORM
Growing up as an immigrant kid in Chicago, Jasmina always looked to music as an escape. She received a scholarship to attend private voice lessons at the Old Town School of Folk Music, was accepted to the Chicago Children's Choir, Lyric Opera Chorus, and at age 10 performed the lead at an opera production at Northeastern University.
As a teenager, she toured the Midwest as a backup vocalist for Irish-American band Kiltartan Road and performed traditional Irish music at various festivals in Chicago. She began singing Jazz as a high schooler at Francis W. Parker School, a top-tier private school in Chicago, where she was also a scholarship recipient.
She was recognized for her achievements again with a full-tuition scholarship to Oberlin College, where she studied Neuroscience and Psychology while continuing to study voice and sing with small Jazz ensembles.
After relocating to her native Croatia after graduation, Jasmina performed extensively throughout the country. Some notable performances and recognitions include frequent performances with the Pula Big Band, small ensembles, and at various festivals, including headlining at the Rovinj Music and Porec Music Festivals. She was also invited to perform at the "Mlade nade jazza Marjan Marjanovic" concert in Zagreb and performed as a backup vocalist for Istrian band Dogma for several years.
She began singing Bosnian sevdah and other traditional Balkan music in 2013 and performed with accordion player Andrej Pezic as a duo for many years, at events such as the Istrian Festival Multikulturalnosti and various events for the Bosnian community in Istria.
She led a workshop in Fazana, Istria about Bosnian sevdah and Irish traditional music in 2014 and performed the Irish national anthem, in Gaelic, for several years for St. Patrick's Day celebrations organized by the Irish Embassy in Zagreb.
After yearning for creative inspiration, Jasmina relocated to New York City in 2016. After just a month, she booked her first steady singing job at the historic George's at Astoria Kaufman Studios. She has also performed at popular venues such as The Triad Theater and Fine and Rare in Manhattan, to name a few. She has also studied with New York City Jazz legends Marion Cowings and Jay Clayton.
In August 2018, Jasmina was one of the headliners at the Pula Jazz Festival in Pula, Croatia, among the likes of Jazz diva Sharon Clark, Vasil Hadzimanov, etc.
Jasmina has been preparing her debut album of original music and her first single, "You Were Loved," was released in August 2020. She plans to release the album in mid-2021.
She has been a songwriter for many years and will also be releasing an EP of songs in the electronic music genre that she has written and mainly produced on her own. She has also been featured on the new album by NYC D&B legends The Burner Brothers, and has been collaborating with several producers from the Balkans, including dRUMELODY and Laseech.
If you would like to contact Jasmina for booking, collaboration, or to simply say hi, she would love to hear from you!
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