Consisting of a core ensemble of voice and two guitars, Tabula Rasa—meaning "clean slate"—combines classical, Celtic and jazz with Spanish flamenco and amazing Brazilian rhythms.
Tabula Rasa was formed with the express aim of creating a new and vital sound that was hitherto unknown in Australia.
The ensemble's lead vocalist, Linda Cable was of course already well-known in jazz circles, but when she first heard guitar duo Robert Bratetich and Mario Lattuada play—later foundation members of Tabula Rasa—the sound of their classic guitars with Spanish influences sparked an intense interest in exploring the possibilities of combining their sound with jazz.
With every piece on their debut album a collaborative effort, Tabula Rasa blends thought-provoking lyrics with a strikingly original combination of classical, Celtic and jazz music with Spanish infleunces and Brazilian rhythms. This is the reason for the ensemble name Tabula Rasa - they are stating with a musical "clean slate".
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Years in the making, the music on this debut album Prism blends thought-provoking lyrics with a strikingly original combination of classical, Celtic and jazz music with Spanish influences and Brazilian rhythms.
Members of Tabula Rasa
London-born Linda Cable started her singing career in Australia singing the blues. Developing her own unique style, she is renowned in Australian jazz circles and has progressed into world class jazz singer. Her interpretation of up-tempo jazz or scintillating moody ballads is rare artistry indeed.
Virtuoso jazz fusion and flamenco guitarist Robert Bratetich commenced playing guitar in his teens, initially influenced by rock and funk music. As Robert's interest in jazz fusion grew, he began to perform in a succession of acoustic guitar duos.
A virtuoso flamenco, classical and jazz guitarist, Mario Lattuada commenced playing classical guitar in his teens. His career includes playing with the Australian Pops Orchestra (of which he has been the principle guitarist since 1984), the Australian Philharmonic Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria.