Expressive and bold, Jelena Milušić is a singer who easily transforms her voice to the needs of various genres. Being fluent in different musical idioms ranging from Blues, Jazz, Rock to traditional Balkan and World music, she has performed in a wide variety of musical styles and settings.
With Belgian-French brass orchestra - Orchestre International du Vetex, Jelena performed throughout Europe from 2005 to 2013. From this collaboration another equally strong and fiery music project sprung out giving life to a band named Mafiasko Taxi. Their album "Human Birds" was released by Via Lactea vzw in 2013.
In 2014 Jelena started collaborating with the Bosnian guitarist and producer Atilla Aksoj under the name Barimatango.
Through their unique interpretations of Romani and Sephardic songs, Jelena and Atilla vividly revive old melodies and forgotten stories full of magic and beauty.
Their debut album of Romani music "Oh, Devel" was published in 2016 for Aquarius Records from Croatia. It is a selection of 11 Romani songs from Balkans and Southeast Europe.
In the spring of 2020, Barimatango's album "Yo hanino, tu hanina" was published by serbian label Odličan Hrčak. It contains 10 selected Sephardic songs, including songs by Flory Jagoda, renowned composer and singer of Sephardic music, whose work inspired creation of "Yo Hanino, tu hanina". The world renowned accordionist Merima Ključo and Edvin Hadžić (double bass) are special guests on the album.
"The album "Yo hanino, tu hanina" is excitingly musically tailored, representing a beautiful contribution to the preservation of Sephardic music. On top of all that, this album allows the listener to travel to different places and to experience a diverse Sephardic culture through the colors of tones and moods." - Konstantin Šibul, WMAS
Jelena's most recent collaboration with world renowned accordionist Merima Ključo resulted in their thrilling album "Lume" , released by Croatia Records (2018). The enormous value of this conceptual work lies in the diverse cultural origins and languages of the repertoire – the love songs from different parts of the world combined with Ključo’s song cycle, based on Romanian, Croatian, Kosovan and Sephardic traditional pieces. In different languages, ‘Lume’ has various meanings: world, life, source of light, illusion, fire, spark, lover, humanity, more than love…, but all these meanings point in the same doubtless direction: life is passion and love!
The magnetic connection between these two musicians takes us on a dreamlike journey through diverse worlds of strong, expressive and yet subtle music. Jelena’s unique and rare, singularly versatile contralto complements brilliantly the notes of Merima’s concert accordion, transforming from one song to the next in a truly chameleonic and fascinating way. Together on stage Jelena and Merima, with just a voice and an accordion, build an atmosphere that is enchantingly theatrical: they completely wrap their audience in their wide-ranging performance that goes from grimly dramatic to fetchingly melancholic, only to dissolve into a cheerful, almost cabaret-like finale.
Next to her performing career, Jelena is also working as a vocal coach.