Tijana Ilich is a freelance writer, musician, and dancer who has been involved in musical performance for over 20 years.
Tijana has traveled around the world recording music, dance and local customs in their natural settings. While every country and culture had something exciting to offer, at the end of the day, it was Latin music that became her passion. As a native of Los Angeles, she grew up surrounded by Mexican boleros and ranchera music; Vicente Fernandez quickly became a personal favorite and any event that included East L.A. rockers Los Lobos was not to be missed. Over time, Tijana had the opportunity to work in Puerto Rico, which opened the door to salsa and plena, and hearing El Gran Combo in concert was a life-changing experience for her. A cultural exchange trip to Cuba further allowed her to talk with and record local musicians and composers.
Tijana has also been a member of various local ethnic dance ensembles, and has experience playing flamenco guitar, keyboards, and percussion with several bands.
Tijana has a Master's degree from UCLA in folklore/mythology with a specialization in ethnic music and dance.