"... a superb, involving job of bringing together strands of classical, traditional Balkan, European disco and dramatic musics into a dazzling, coherent whole."
George Grella - The Big City
CD release show May 20 at the Cutting Room in NYC! Info and tickets!
Svjetlana Bukvich grew up during the wildly active music scene in Sarajevo's eighties, with Arabian horses and four major religions at her doorstep. Integrating cutting-edge technology with tuning of her own design and her classical roots, Bukvich has emerged as a unique figure on the New York music scene. Her genre-bending performances, described as "ecstatic musical experiences" (New Music Connoisseur), weave deconstructivist dance suites with polymicrotonal sympho-rock tone poems, experimental prog rock/world jazz fusions with musique concréte spirituals, and contemporary art-song with electronica. As an artist with exceptionally wide range, and a passion for innovation, she has worked with instrumentalists such as Martha Mooke, Tony Levin, Mari Kimura, Rob Schwimmer, Cornelius Dufallo, Patrick Derivaz, Johnny Reinhard, Leonardo Suarez Paz, Kamala Sankaram, Ha-Yang Kim, Gareth Flowers, Susan Aquila, and Mordy Ferber. Her "powerful and atmospheric, evocative of the sacred" (IAWM Journal) sound... Read more
Watch my live TV Voice of America (VOA) Interview - Thank you to Inda Swanke and Glas Amerike Studio Washington!
I am an artist-in-residence at the historic Manley-Lefevre House in Vermont this July - a sustainable community that nurtures the imaginative spirit - as part of Marble House Project's inaugural residency year.
I'm featured in the recently released book "In Her Own Words - Conversations with Composers in the United States" along with Meredith Monk, Pamela Z, Jennifer Higdon, Tania Leon, Chen Yi, Joan Tower, and Pauline Oliveros. "...an exquisite picture of the power and beauty of human creativity."
I am a 2013 NYFA Fellow in Music/Sound.
My piece "Sabih's Dream" was selected for the World Electro-Acoustic Listening Room W.E.A.L.R. as part of the 2013 New Music Festival: Voice in the 21st Century in California.
"stories of trial and triumph... powerfully intuitive choral voices... cavernous chords... an exuberant lightness... she looked to be worshipping at an altar of music" - read full review for my concert at Music With a View Festival in NYC! Watch the video.
Watch the world premiere of "Back to the Heart-Planet" for mixed chorus, electronics, electric bass and drum set at Williams Center for the Arts in Easton, PA!