It was the charming music of Bebo & Cigala, an exotic fusion of Cuban rhythms and flamenco vocals that initially sparked a light for the project and inspired Oriana and Ivan to create their own fusion duet.
Skilled in their own fields, Oriana and Ivan took on the challenge of merging each other's music, classical on one side and Balkan-flamenco on the other. The result is V&F, a unique collection of pieces which reflect the individual styles they appreciate and enjoy.
The name Vino & Forte was chosen for its dual interpretation. Forte is an Italian music dynamic symbol for 'strength' and also a derivative in French meaning a person's particular skill. As for Vino, the duo are delighted to promote and serve a local wine for every performance with the aim of creating a relaxed concert environment.
Weaving their individual styles and compositions into a swirl of classical and Balkan-flamenco sounds, Vino & Forte will present an evening of harmonious music from 17th century to the present day.
was born in Belgrade, Serbia, where he first developed an interest in guitar and studied under the Berkley School of Music curriculum. In 1998, he moved to Vancouver and graduated with an honors degree in Computer Science and Physics at the University of British Columbia. Ivan then formed the Tambura Rasa collective with the aim of expanding the boundaries of world-fusion music. He studied Flamenco guitar in Granada Spain, collaborating since with Flamenco singer David Soroche, Indian sarod player Anupam Shobhakar, Indian tabla player Neelamjit Dhillon and Juno award-winning producer Chin Injeti.
Tucakov has released five collections of original compositions, influenced by Indian classical to Turkish, Balkan and Flamenco music. He has produced electronic mixes, some of which were released on the European Cafe del Mar lounge compilations. In addition to the Tambura Rasa ensemble, which has toured across Canada, Ivan collaborates with string quartets, flamenco dance troupes and many guest artists during his live shows. Tambura Rasa's 2014 album "Arribada" has been nominated for Best World Music Recording of the year for the 2015 West Canadian Music Awards (WCMA).
was raised in England, Dubai, Japan and Singapore, and graduated with an honors degree in Architecture at Cardiff University, United Kingdom. Oriana first played the piano at the age of nine and within five years achieved Distinction for the Performer's Certificate in Pianoforte from Trinity College London. While living in Singapore from 1991 to 2000, Oriana continued to win first place in local piano competitions and participated in various public events including the Singapore Annual Piano Marathons organised by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO).
Arriving in Vancouver in 2010, Oriana was inspired to maintain her passion for piano in addition to continuing her architecture career. At present, she runs her own music business Oriana White Pianoforte whilst working as a residential designer for Grant Architecture Studio Inc. Oriana has since been organising concerts and performing on request for special events such as the 17th Annual Canadian Cancer Society Daffodil Ball and the Canuck Place Children's Hospice 20th Anniversary 2015.