For more than 25 years Barbora Tellinger has been a professional singer, composer, teacher, voice artist and actress throughout Southern Africa, on stages and in studios, in musicals, cabaret, pop, rock and jazz bands.
Her career began in the protest theatre days of the Black Sun in 1980s Johannesburg, moved through the revolutionary Afrikaans Voelvry movement, onto the famous NO.58 in Hillbrow, enjoyed many collaborations with some of the country’s finest musicians and has been focused on jazz and education since 2005.
She has performed on stages from Cape Town to Windhoek, NAPAC, PACT the Civic, The State Theatre, CAPAB and PACOFS, Ellis Park and the Sun City Superbowl.
It might be quicker here to name the musicians she hasn’t worked with, and easier to name the studios she hasn’t worked in.
Apart from the many recordings with other artists, personal studio projects include a solo album – Barbie and the Dolls, BLOMKRAG – Boere Country, and two albums of Deep Fine Leg, an accoustic harmony ensemble.
For three years she was jazz vocal lecturer at the Tshwane University of Technology School of Music, and headed up the jazz vocal division at the University of Pretoria from 2008 to 2016.
A respected singer and vocal coach, her non-contrived vocal technique has been adopted by many professionals and teachers throughout Southern Africa and beyond. Her passion for jazz has made her an effective teacher with several successful jazz graduates now working in the music industry. She has also trained numerous recording and theatrical artists.
In 2012 she released the album – Live at the Musaion, a Jazz Recital. Collaborating with some of the greats – John Fresk, Marc Duby, Rob Watson – it cemented her reputation as a formidable force in the South African jazz arena.
The following year brought her next album – Jazz, Live 2012.
In 2014 she completed a studio album with her pianist of preference, John Fresk. Tellinger & Fresk, DEUCE, is available through iTunes and at live performances.
Tellinger & Fresk perform live throughout the country, and their playful and intimate shows continue to thrill audiences far and wide.
In July 2016 they toured Europe, a highlight being an extremely successful performance at the Reduta in Prague, one of Europe’s oldest and most famous jazz clubs. This tour will now be a regular event.