Bakersfield Community Concert Association

2019-2020 Concert Season

Tajci - Waking Up in America - Sunday, February 9, 2020 2:30 p.m.
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Tajci- Waking Up in America features Tajci. By 19 years old, Tajci was a pop superstar in her country of Croatia. She achieved platinum status selling a million records and packing sold-out venues. Tajci and her sister Sanya join acclaimed-pianist, Brian Hanson in presenting a musical cabaret style show of the American Songbook with international flair. Award-winning international artist. Join the Bakersfield Community Concert Association as we celebrate our 57th Anniversary Season. Single concert tickets are $35. Adult BCCA season memberships (5 concerts) are $75.

Tajci- Waking Up in America


“Waking Up in America (Those Were the Days)" features award-winning artist Tatiana “Tajci” Cameron; her sister, Los Angeles-based actress/singer Sanya Mateyas; and keyboardist extraordinaire Brian Hanson. This dynamic trio delivers show-stopping entertainment.

Tatiana “Tajci” Cameron

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(Tajci is pronounced TAI-Chi)

Tatiana "Tajci" Cameron is an award-winning music artist and former Eurovision Song Contest finalist who was a pop superstar by the time she was 19. A native of Croatia (formerly Yugoslavia), she achieved platinum status while selling more than a million records and packing sold-out venues for many of her performances.

As a teen sensation and into her 20s, Tajci graced the covers of many magazines and other publications, and landed major endorsement deals with the likes of Levi’s. A “Tajci doll,” made in her likeness and emblematic of her enduring appeal, remains a treasured collector’s item among her many devoted fans around the world.

At the height of her fame and career, Tajci in 1992, at age 21, abruptly stepped out of the limelight and left behind her European celebrity to come to New York City and start her life over, looking to carve out and live her own version of the American Dream.

In America, she has performed in theatre and cabaret houses in New York City and Los Angeles; composed, produced and toured extensively with original narrative shows; founded a children’s theatre in Cincinnati, Ohio; wrote and launched a full-length musical, “My Perfectly Beautiful Life”; and produced and hosted the TV show "Waking Up in America,” with about 100 episodes having been produced and aired.

A graduate of American Musical and Dramatic Academy, Tajci has continued to perform, demonstrating her versatile musical ability through a variety of genres, to include pop, jazz, country and spiritual. Soon after getting married in 1999, Tajci, along with her husband Matthew, embarked on what turned into a 15-year tour of America, during which she performed more than 1,000 “I Do Believe” concerts (featured also on all major faith TV channels). Along the way she gave birth to three sons – each of whom has ample experience in various arts, to include music – while living, in succession, in Los Angeles, Cincinnati, and, most recently, Nashville.

Tajci has performed big band and jazz concerts with pianist Dr. Stanley Yerlow, collaborated with Grammy Award-winning arranger and composer Jeff Steinberg, and played and recorded with jazz greats such as Steve Schmidt and Michael Alvey. In addition to singing, Tajci plays keyboards, guitar and accordion.

Tajci, whose husband Matthew passed away in 2017, lives in Franklin, Tennessee, with their three sons.

Sanya Matejas

(pronounced SAH-nia Mah-TE-yas)

Sanya is a singer, songwriter, actress and flautist born in Zagreb, Croatia, where she graduated from music conservatory in flute. She started singing and acting in numerous television shows at the age of five. A daughter of a respected guitarist, vocalist and sound engineer for a national radio, she had a childhood of music and performing.

In her teenage years, she was employed by Zagreb Repertory Theatre ‘Tresnja’ as a singer and actress, where she performed daily shows for 4 years. She released four solo albums in Croatia by the age of 20, and was a successful actress in television and film as well.

Early into her 20s, Sanya moved to Los Angeles, where she continued her music and acting career. Her work includes Disney movie Holes, King of Queens, Days of our Lives etc. and two national tours as one of the lead vocalists with Trans Siberian Orchestra.

Sanya formed a hard rock band Duda Did It that played at clubs around Los Angeles in late 2000s. She has been writing music with her music partner Chris Ridenhour. They have been working under the name of Ravenswood, and have had songs placed in numerous films.

Sanya is also a principal vocalist at the Rose Hills cemetery, where she’d been singing for the past 14 years. She enjoys playing flute in ‘Symphony 47’ orchestra.

Sanya lives in Valley Village, CA with her daughter Nora.

Brian Hanson

Keyboardist Extraordinaire Brian Hanson is a rare combination of artist and entertainer. He loves what he creates when he sits down at the piano, but he never loses sight of his audience. He is what some would call a master entertainer.

His style is best described as elegant pop piano, with occasional crossovers into the wonderful worlds of jazz and country.

Whatever genre he finds himself, he passionately plays the best loved standards with a unique combination of artistry and style. All infused with a great sense of humor!

A family man of many interests, he has extensively toured the United States with his one man piano show, written original music that has played around the world, produced and directed a feature length documentary, and still finds time to add to his ever increasing vintage vinyl record collection.

Brian Hanson resides in Nashville, TN.

 

Welcome to Harvey Auditorium   Tajci - Waking Up in America for a delightful Sunday afternoon of  music.


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