Tamara Raven stands on the stage in the total darkness. The audience is silent. And suddenly you can hear it. This overpowering voice, strong, enchanting that makes you shiver, that gives you goosebumps. The melody is full of her journey from Abkhazia through Moscow to Poland and finally to London. In her music you can find a hint of nostalgy after her family home that she has left to explore something new, something different, something unknown. Tamara guides you through different genres of music like opera, jazz, funk, r’n’b, house, disco, pop and many more. Her music is as her soul – multidimensional. Let’s meet Tamara.
What type of a woman are you?
I am not a dreamer anymore I am a doer. I replaced dreams for goals. Goals are achievable, I achieve, I live I act. Apart from great passion I am a normal woman, single mother, with normal life. I need to get food ready, need to put it on the table, need to clean the house, need to ensure my child is fed and taken care of. I am not a mystical, magical creature just because I wear a fabulous dress and look like a princess while performing. I have normal feelings of sadness, disappointment, irritation. Yes, I am normal. I try to overcome those negative feelings and not to allow them to rule my life. When you let those feelings make decisions for you, you will stop living or you will start living in fear. Fear prevents you from achieving anything. Allow those feelings, stay with them, don’t fight them, understand that they are just feelings, they are not you. And they will slowly start disappearing.
What is music for you?
It`s freedom, it`s something I am passionate about, I love. I came to UK just before lockdown and pandemic Covid outbreak. I was told that it will not be good idea. The beginning was difficult. I was scared that I may run out of money and it will be tough. But I said to myself that I will do it, as I don’t see it any other way. And I managed, I started doing gigs, but the pandemic kicked in, so I decided to use this time to teach music. I needed to survive but didn’t want to betray music. Music comes so naturally for me. I cannot imagine doing anything else. My parents, teachers encouraged me constantly to pursue music, so I became highly educated in this field. I wanted to pursue tennis, but I was not allowed to. I was expected to be good at playing violin so had to take a good care of my hands.