Tajna Tanovic

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Tajna Tanovic
Born Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina
Origin Germany
New York City, United States
Genres Indie rock
Indie pop
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, actress
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano
Website TajnaTanovic.com

Tajna Tanovic (/ˈtnə ˈtɑːnəvɪ/ TY-nə TAHN-ə-vich) is a German singer-songwriter, actress and photographer[1] born in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. She has worked in the performing arts in Sarajevo, Ljubljana (Slovenia), throughout Germany, and New York City. She lives and works in Los Angeles.[2]

Early work[edit]

Tanovic starred as Liza Minnelli in Kids Cabaret for the National Television in Sarajevo. From 1993 to 2004 Tanovic was the leading actress of Theater TAS in Germany[3] and was featured in Project 3 by TAS touring theaters such the Munich Kammerspiele, Hamburg’s Thalia Theater and Cankar Hall, the cultural and congress center in Ljubljana, Slovenia. In 1994 she was nominated for the Best Young Artist Award by the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (Germany) for the role of the Girl in "Project 3". Performances with Theater TAS included the UNESCO Children in Need gala in Düsseldorf in 1993 and a performance in the German Parliament on Human Rights Day, 1998.[4]

New York[edit]

Tanovic was featured in the project "Canal Street Station" by 31 Down Radio Theater[5][6] gaining much press coverage.[7][8][9] She was the German voice for the PUMA SoundTrip for the 2006 FIFA World Cup produced by Soundwalk.[10] In April 2009, she collaborated with Theater TAS[11] and award-winning writer-director and PEN American Center member Kaca Celan in New York City to produce the window performance and visual art installation "Yard Sale: New Footfalls..." presented by the arts organization chashama.[12][13] Tanovic also provided the translation of "New Footfalls".[14] In 2010, Yard Sale: New Footfalls... was presented by the DUMBO Arts Festival.[15] In 2010, she was featured in the Theater TAS production The Last Story, an award-winning drama by Kaca Celan.[16] She has worked with the production company Dalzell Productions on numerous projects.


Tanovic held two concerts (2001 and 2003) at Nobel Prize winner Heinrich Böll's summer festival in Langenbroich, Germany. Tanovic was a singer in the band "Love in Shakespeare" performing Shakespeare’s sonnets.[17] She has also written the music for the short film Dolly Belle (2009).[18] as well as the melody in the performance Yard Sale: New Footfalls….[19] Her songs "I Think of You" and "Hey! Hey!" were featured in the theater performance "Mirjana and those around her" by MGL Theater Ljubljana (Slovenia).[20]

I Think of You[edit]

On 30 September 2011, she self-released her debut EP I Think of You. It consists of five original songs: "Mount Everest", "75 Degrees Sunny Chances of Rain", "In the RaiNY City", "Burning House" and the title track "I Think of You". It was recorded at The Bunker Studio in Brooklyn, written and produced by Tajna Tanovic, produced, mixed and engineered by John Davis, mastered by Randy Merrill at Masterdisk and executive produced by Jack Sharkey. Musicians on the EP include Tanovic on lead and backing vocals, acoustic guitar, piano and percussion, John Davis on electric and double bass, keyboards, piano and percussion, Aaron Nevezie on electric guitar and glockenspiel, and Dave Burnett on drums and percussion.[21] In September 2012, she released the music video for the title song "I Think of You", written by her and directed by Samuel Nozik (Bones).[22] The two had previously collaborated on Tanovic's short film Dolly Belle. Scenes from the short appear in the music video for "Burning House".[23]


  1. ^ "take me home". tajnaphoto.com. Retrieved 9 January 2017. 
  2. ^ Tajna Tanovic Official Biography. Retrieved on 21 October 2011.
  3. ^ "New York Women in Film and Television - Member Search". nywift.org. Retrieved 9 January 2017. 
  4. ^ "Tajna Tanovic Biography on BroadwayWorld.com". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved 9 January 2017. 
  5. ^ "CANAL STREET STATION". 31down.org. Retrieved 9 January 2017. 
  6. ^ free103point9, Canal Street Station. Free103point9.org. Retrieved on 20 October 2011.
  7. ^ "Subway murder mystery game a thrill for riders". 22 March 2017. Retrieved 9 January 2017 – via Reuters. 
  8. ^ "Best murder mystery by phone: Canal Street Station Installation - Best of NYC® 2008: Your Key to the City". VillageVoice.com. Retrieved 9 January 2017. 
  9. ^ "Your ultimate guide to New York". Timeout.com. Retrieved 9 January 2017. 
  10. ^ "New York Women in Film and Television - Member Search". nywift.org. Retrieved 9 January 2017. 
  11. ^ Rhizome. Rhizome.org.
  12. ^ Off-Off Online. Off-Off Online. Retrieved on 20 October 2011.
  13. ^ "The New York Herald". NYHerald.com. Retrieved 9 January 2017. 
  14. ^ Doollee.com, The Playwright's Database. Doollee.com. Retrieved on 20 October 2011.
  15. ^ DUMBO Arts Festival 2010. Dumboartsfestival.com (27 August 2010). Retrieved on 20 October 2011.
  16. ^ "The Last Story" by Theater TAS, WomenArts SWAN Day. Womenarts.org. Retrieved on 20 October 2011.
  17. ^ Tajna Tanovic Official Biography. Retrieved on 21 October 2011.
  18. ^ Creative, JesseJames. "Germany in NYC: Tajna Tanovic". GermanyInNYC.org. Retrieved 9 January 2017. 
  19. ^ "The New York Herald". NYHerald.com. Retrieved 9 January 2017. 
  20. ^ Tajna Tanovic, The Living Room Profile. Livingroomny.com. Retrieved on 20 October 2011.
  21. ^ "I Think of You, by Tajna Tanović". BandCamp.com. Retrieved 9 January 2017. 
  22. ^ Tajna Tanović (14 September 2012). "Tajna Tanović - I Think of You". Retrieved 9 January 2017 – via YouTube. 
  23. ^ Tajna Tanović (12 October 2011). "Tajna Tanović - Burning House (from the film "Dolly Belle")". Retrieved 9 January 2017 – via YouTube. 

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