The Kennedy Center

Astrid Kuljanic


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 to New York has allowed her to absorb Jazz, Brazilian, and Indian music and acquire an advanced knowledge of performing with electronics using Ableton Live. Astrid is equally skilled in faithful interpretations of these styles as she is inventive in her own arrangements – employing mixed meters and folk harmonies personally and authentically. With her New York quartet Astrid Kuljanic Transatlantic Exploration Company, she celebrated the debut album Riva released for OneTrickDog* Records with a sold-out concert at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. 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 Hungary.

Ms. Kuljanic’s mission is to engage audiences across cultural boundaries. To that end she founded Crescendo Music Festival (Croatia), which has been exposing a diverse array of international artists to local audiences for more than a decade.

Astrid 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 of Music in Jazz Performance from Manhattan School of Music.
Hrvatska Ruža is a Croatian folklore ensemble that was founded in New York 25 years ago. They have been exploring traditional dances and songs from the various regions of Croatia. With choreographers Katarina and Petar Crnogorac and director Valentina Žužic they have performed in California, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Canada, and many locations in New York, including Madison Square Garden. 


Watch Past Performances

Video 6/26/2019: Astrid Kuljanic: Croatian Farewells

A musical exploration of Croatian culture presented by acclaimed vocalist Astrid Kuljanic. The program features jazz, world, and original music, as well as traditional song and dance performed by Hrvatska Ruža folklore ensemble.

Astrid Kuljanic - voice
Benjamin Rosenblum - accordion
Mat Muntz - bass, meh (traditional bagpipes)
Peter Manheim - drums, percussion

Hrvatska Ruža folklore ensemble: 

Marcellla Grancaric
Nicole Creglia
Natali Creglia
Valentina Žužic
Lucija Gržan
Niko Nemaric
Katarina Miocic
Petar Crnogorac