It all started in...
Minnesota, land of 10,000 lakes, in a small town called St.Peter/Nicollet. She was one of six children, the locals knew them as the "Kac Pac". Raised on piano, by the likings of Margaret Annexsted and Julliard graduate Donna Krislove, she became a lover of Beethoven and Chopin at the tender age of seven.
Playing a broken piano, she proved to her parents that she could play those keys by winning a few contests hosted by MMTA (yeah! Mom and Dad purchased a piano with working keys! A very happy day!). Onward to puberty, ahhhh...Tammy wanted to play Rock N' Roll, and so she started to learn guitar and took private vocal lessons at Gustavus Adolpus College.
Tamara flew away to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music after High/Puberty School. While in Boston she met many people, listened to a lot of music and began, what some people may call, "Eating Ramen". Come winter break, Tamara (Don't call her Tammy) got into a major car accident and almost died!!! Check the picture below yo!
Tamara survived this trauma and landed back in the Twin Cites for quit a while, contemplating, like many other musicians, the question, what am I doing pursuing a lifetime career in music?
Even though she was unsure of her future, music kept tugging/pulling/ripping/dislocating her veins 24/7. She proceeded to study at Music Tech (Across from the strip joint Deja Vu). On a side note, Music Tech is now called McNally Smith College of Music and is located in St. Paul, MN. While in Minneapolis, she created some beautiful music with cellist Megan Scott, bassist Joseph Vogel, and guitarist Eric Hanson.
Tamara also studied Audio Engineering at MCTC, and somehow moved to NYC with her friend, a fellow film director/producer/screenwriter, Joey Diamond. Thus began an epic twenty-eight hour UHAUL drive that included sleeping at truck stops, breathing in the tumbleweeds of cat hair (stressed out cat Mozart) and moving into an overpriced studio/box, which was considered a one bedroom in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
While working to pay off high rent, she worked full-time, went to school full-time, studied with jazz pianist Burt Eckoff and received a BS degree in Music Production from Full Sail University. She made some mistakes, big mistakes, and somehow landed in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Meeting people on Craigslist, she ended up working at and co-owning Pancake Recording Studios with the one and only, "the dude with the hair" Jonathan Vergara.
Fast forward four years....Tamara is currently pursuing her MFA at Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema, recording, performing, working on an STR ITR album, producing, and composing music for film & television. Oh Yeah, she's also working on an opera.
In her free time, she seeks truth and laughter.