Tomislav Goluban je svirač usne harmonike i skladatelj iz Zaboka koji na zanimljiv način spaja blues i hrvatsku tradicionalnu glazbu. Njegove pjesme i nastupi pršte energijom, strašću, humorom i nadasve urnebesnom svirkom. Diplomirao je na Ekonomskom fakultetu u Zagrebu 2001., ali se ipak odlučio baviti glazbom. Usnu harmoniku je počeo svirati 1997., inspiriran starim majstorima bluesa, a član Hrvatske zajednice samostalnih umjetnika je postao kao skladatelj popularne glazbe 01.01.2016. Do sad je objavio 14 studijskih albuma, osvojio 5 Diskografskih nagrada Porin i 3 nagrade Status Hrvatske glazbene unije, nastupao u više od 20 različitih zemalja i 2 kontinenta (Europa i SAD), osvojio 4. mjesto na Svjetskom prvenstvu u sviranju usne harmonike u Njemačkoj 2005. i postao indosant najpoznatijeg proizvođača usnih harmonika Hohner. Sredinom 2022. pridružio se bendu ZABRANJENO PUŠENJE kojem je i gostovao na dvostrukom albumu “Karamba!”.
Aktivan je u obrazovanju mladih pa tako u sklopu programa “Ruksak (pun) kulture”, kojeg provodi u suradnji s Ministarstvom kulture i medija RH, svoj autorski program “Usna harmonika i korijeni suvremene glazbe” predstavlja diljem Lijepe naše. Vanjski je suradnik Hrvatske radio televizije gdje uređuje emisiju „Vrijeme za glazbu“ na Prvom programu Hrvatskog radija. Pokretač je i organizator Zagorje Blues Etno festivala, glazbene manifestacije koja se svake godine održava u Zaboku i diljem Krapinsko-zagorske županije. Bio je prvi hrvatski predstavnik na International Blues Challenge-u u Memphisu (SAD), jedan je od osnivača te prvi predsjednik (2010.-2012.) udruge Hrvatske blues snage (HBS), a Boško Petrović, Zdenka Kovačiček, Tamara Obrovac, Ivica Kostelić, Ksenija Erker, Hana Hegedušić, Miroslav Evačić, Lela Kaplowitz, Adam Končić, Singrlice, Kvartet Gubec, Lidija Bajuk, Joe Filisko, Eric Noden, Mike Sponza, Raphael Wressnig, Kenneth Smith, E.G. McDaniel, Jeff Jensen, David Green, Rick Steff, Bill Ruffino, Joseph Franher, Mark Johnson, Kirk Smothers, Marc Franklin, Kelly Zirbes, Skylar Rogers, Mark Cameron, Malaya Blue, Ryan Donohue, Gregg Martinez, Teresa James, Crooked Eye Tommy... samo je dio popisa glazbenika s kojima je surađivao i koji su sudjelovali u snimanju njegove autorske glazbe.
“Tomi Little Pigeon plays with a very unique style and it is good to see that he is keeping the Blues alive in Croatia! Good Stuff”
“I believe now, that, when Sonny Terry died, he was thinking on his way Up, well I got to send a little bit of my spirit to the Croatia, and it comes out in Tomislav Goluban”
~Jostein Forsberg, Notodden Blues Festival
“When I look at the track list of the CD I see that all lyrics are in Croatian. Despite that I still sing the first song out loud. Well, sing along… Tomislav Goluban sings Na Zagorskom Brijegu , over a hill near Zagorje, and I sing Down By The Riverside”
This program, supported by the Croatian Ministry of Science and Education, had a noble goal – to bring music closer to school children through workshops and concerts.
Through interaction with musicians, students are introduced to various genres, instruments, and the history of modern music.
In today’s high-speed world broadening young minds to different cultural and musical forms is very important. It was a delight to see how young people react to music they’ve never heard before, show a genuine interest, and enjoy the experience!
As long as new ears and minds are educated into the wonderful diversity of music we should have no fear of a genre being forgotten or dying out!
“I came to the concert with prejudice. When I heard it was going to be a harmonica concert I thought I’d rather be in math class. But when I heard the phenomenal sound that these two musicians were making all my objections disappeared!
I liked the concert a lot because the music was fun, upbeat, and full of energy. The musicians were so much fun and I love how they brought together music and education.
The music scene and the kids that listen to distasteful music should take a hint from these musicians and learn about good old rock, blues, metal, punk…
I’d love to hear you in our school again before I start high school next year!
P.S. You make me want to pick up my guitar and stop it gathering dust in my room.”
~Senior year student – Kumrovec primary school
The sole Croatian endorsee of the world’s finest and most famous harmonica manufacturer “Hohner”
One of the founders and the first president of the “Croatian Blues Forces” association which has since become the recipient of The Keeping The Blues Alive award given by The Blues Foundation based in Memphis (TN / USA)
“Listening to the “Mr. B.” recording was a breath of clean air in a world of Blues that’s lost a lot of originality. To hear the expression of my culture’s music with the vitality of expression and Croatian feel is one of the reasons I think this CD understands and respects the concept of what we think Blues should be, not to be a carbon of a recording but the expression of your roots – blended with ours. The harmonica playing is truly original, Sonny Terry, Hamie Nixon, Tomislav Goluban – understanding and sympathy and respect. Hats Off to you guys!!”
~“Philadelphia” Jerry Ricks
© 2021 Tomislav Goluban.