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Biography

The Obradovic-Tixier Duo is the combination of French pianist David Tixier and Croatian drummer Lada Obradovic. The duo produce a contemporary and stylish sound blending acoustic and electronic instruments, moog, Fender Rhodes, glockenspiel, mbira and other playthings. Their new album ‘The Boiling Stories Of A Smoking Kettle’ tells a unique story with each individual tune. The title represents all the ideas that define Obradovic-Tixier Duo as the storytellers they are, in an intimate, relaxed yet elegant and surprising context. A soft yet striking performance generates an almost serial shamanic piano phrases muffled by digital blankets whilst a volley of cymbals whisks us away like wings beating through the air. David's sophisticated harmonies and lyrical drama interweave with Lada's polyrhythms. Together, the pair weave a captivating tale. 

DRUMS:

Lada Obradovic is a Croatian jazz drummer and composer. After finishing bachelor drums performance program at Academy of Graz, Austria, she earned a masters degree of performance jazz drums at University of Bern in Switzerland. Besides French piano player David Tixier she is a co-leader of  "Obradovic-Tixier Duo", multi awarded duo project born in 2016. In 2019 she got unanimously the price of the “best instrumentalist” during the “42nd National Contest of La Défense Jazz Festival”. She is involved in charity work, and in 2018 she started a new charity project using her own designed shoes “StartAs You Are”. Lada is a "Bay Custom Drums” and  “TRX Cymbals” artist. She designed the first Jazz Series of TRX cymbals called CLS. In 2019, Lada started to work on a Netflix series “The Eddy” with the Oscar awarded movie director Damien Chazelle (La La Land, Whiplash) and the Grammy awarded composer Glen Ballard (Michael Jackson, Alanis Morissette) among others.

PIANO:

David Tixier is a French pianist, arranger and composer established in France. He was born in 1989. In 2011, he graduated a DEM diploma at the Paris Conservatory (CRR), Rue de Madrid. In 2014, he graduated a Jazz Performance Master at the HEMU, in Lausanne, Switzerland. In 2018, he graduated a second Master in Jazz Pedagogy at the HKB, in Bern, Switzerland. Tixier is leading his personal Piano Solo project, he is the leader of the David Tixier Trio, and co-leader of the Obradovic-Tixier Duo. He is sideman in the Lada Obradovic Project. Aside the prizes with the duo, in 2015, David was a semi-finalist of the Montreux Piano Solo Competition, and a semi-finalist of the UBS Public Prize organised by Montreux Jazz Festival. The same year, he won the 2nd prize of the Monaco Jazz Soloists competition 2015. In 2018, he won the 1st price of the JazzHaus competition in Freiburg, Germany. David is the manager of the charity fundraiser "StartAs You Are" initiated by Lada.


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