"driving rhythms and non-western microtonal tunings with a groove-filled background.. Eastern European flavors and vibrant urban energy... a compelling performance, bringing out the sensuality, exoticism, and vitality of the music"
Cornelius Dufallo, New Music Connoisseur
- August 2015
Tattoo, an aria I composed for Carolyn Dorfman Dance, has been selected for inclusion in The NYFA Collection: Volume Two in celebration of the foundation's 30th anniversary. Happy to be part of this CD slated for release in November on Innova Recordings! "The follow-up to 2010's critically acclaimed NYFA Collection, The NYFA Collection: Volume Two collects works by the 2013 Music and Sound Fellows and presents a staggeringly broad swath of sonic territory: Fellini-esque circus music, a meditation on the exile of immigration status, guitar stabs and accordion solos, abstract jazz and new music piano, pop references, odes to molars and a bad storm, are just some of the paths explored by this diverse group of artists." Read the CD booklet here.
- July 2015
Looking forward to kicking up some dust with Composers Concordance as one of the organization's new associate directors! Thank you, Gene Pritsker & Dan Cooper for the invitation! A bold and bright 16-concert season is in sight! "For the past 30 years, Composers Concordance has been a booster for local composers, through both its concerts across the city and a record label." - The Wall Street Journal.
- June 2015
I have been invited to perform my music on July 1st at a Special Event at the United Nations by the Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina. I will be performing for 190 United Nations delegates and representatives at the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The event is commemorating the 8,000 innocent victims of Srebrenica, one of the towns which suffered during the war in Bosnia 1992-1996. Honored to represent my homeland at this event! Violinist Patti Kilroy will join me.
- May 2015
New commission from Jeanette Stoner & Dancers! Stairs premiered May 2-5 in Tribeca, NYC, set to my electroacoustic score. We enjoyed a fantastic run! Thank you, Jeanette Stoner and Dancers, Carol Pelletier (custumes), Beo Morales (sound), and Zvi Gotheiner and Alex Kyle-DiPietropaolo (lighting).
- April 2015
- Nice to be included in V I S I B I L I T Y : female:pressure - an international network of over 1400 female artists from 65 countries in the wider fields of electronic music. This blog was inspired by Bjork's Pitchfork article in January 2015 where she notes the lack of photographic documentation of women at work.
- March 2015
My new column Cross-Current Art - My Tiny Obsessions is up and running in Modern Diplomacy's International Edition out of Vienna! You can read my first entry here. On March 25, I had a terrific time recording some new sounds of mine at The Bunker studio in Brooklyn NY with the Grammy-winning engineer Ariel Lavigna, violinist Eddie Venegas, and producer Emilio D. Miler.
- February 2015
What an experience in Sarajevo! Big thanks to the Sarajevo Winter fest, the National Theater in Sarajevo, Carolyn Dorfman Dance, the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Sarajevo, the American embassy in Sarajevo, the Jewish Community Center, Blow Up tech rental, and many other organizations who helped along, and loved the project we presented on Feb 22. Special thanks to newspapers Oslobodjenje, Gracija, Start, Faktor, Klix, Dnevni avaz, FACE TV, TV Sarajevo, Radio Sarajevo, and Voice of America (VOA) - start time 20:40 - for interviews and the coverage of the event. Most of all, thank you to the audience for their extraordinary welcome!
- January 2015
Upcoming performance in Sarajevo! Svjetlana Bukvich and Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company A CONCERT OF NEW MUSIC, MOVEMENT, AND VIDEO ART comes to the National Theater on February 22, at 7:30pm as part of Sarajevo Winter Festival, now in its 31st season. On the program are electro-acoustic compositions from my latest release EVOLUTION, along with the world premiere of I Never Saw You Cry created for the very special electric violinist Melika Hadzic, hailing from Amsterdam. The terrific Carolyn Dorfman Dance will perform a collage of their signature pieces, along with the audience favorite, Interior Designs, for which I created the music. Tickets and info!
- December 2014
On Dec 9 I had a solo show at Roulette, one of my favorite NYC new music venues! The concert included the world premiere of Waves - Where is my Baby? for viola, interactive video, and electronics, and featured special guest artists Igor Molochevski, Jessica Meyer, Chris Nesti a.k.a. Handcancel, Patti Kilroy, Kamala Sankaram, Susan Aquila, and Kevork Mourad.
- November 2014
My collaboration with the Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company, Interior Designs, was showcased October 26 at the lovely Bickford Theater in Morristown, NJ. The piece will be presented in NYC at the Alvin Aley American Dance Theater Jan 11, 2015 as part of The Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP).
- October 2014
- September 2014
Roulette, one of New York's premier venues for new and adventurous art presents an evening of my music on Dec 9! Svjetlana Bukvich: Works from EVOLUTION and other stories is made possible by GENERATE: The Frances Richard Fund for Innovative Artists of Promise!
- August 2014
New York's WQXR Q2 Music played my new album EVOLUTION on Her Music: Emerging Female Composers! KALX 90.7 FM and KPFA 94.1 FM, out of Berkeley, CA, gave it a spin in The Native Disinformant and Women Hold Up Half the Sky. I enjoyed presenting work at MicroFest Knin in Croatia along with composer/performers Philipp Gerschlauer, Jeroen Paul Thesseling, Jurica Jelić, Johnny Reinhard, and Tolgahan Cogulu. Read the review here. In Serbo-Croatian/Bosnian.
- July 2014
I was a guest in the studio talking about my new record on the Voice of America (VOA) TV program in Washington D.C. The interview starts at 24:50, and features clips with Cornelius Dufallo and Susan Aquila from my CD release show at the Cutting Room in NYC. Big thanks to the wonderful Inda Swanke, and Glas Amerike - Studio Washington! In Serbo-Croatian/Bosnian. Watch it here.
- June 2014
A nice interview in Anatomy of Sound. Music from my new album EVOLUTION played on more stations - WOMR 92.1 FM, out of Provincetown, MA, WTUL 91.5 FM, out of New Orleans, LA, KALW 91.7 FM, out of San Francisco, CA, KXUA 88.3 FM out of Fayettewille, AR, WMBR 88.1 FM out Cambridge, MA, WCBN 88.3 FM, out of Ann Arbor, MI, and WWFM 89.1 FM out or Princeton, NJ.
- May 2014
Spring Music News! I received a new commission from the Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company! The work, tentatively titled Traces and Paths, is scheduled to premiere in spring of 2015, and recently enjoyed a successful work-in-progress showing at The LaGuardia Performing Arts Center (LPAC).
The Year of the Horse, my concert at Spectrum on May 27, selected as critics' pick of the week by I CARE IF YOU LISTEN!
- April 2014
Kaatsbaan International Dance Center presents Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company's Interior Designs set to my music on April 5!
- March 2014
I received the 2013-2014 Faculty Development Grant from Pratt Institute for my collaboration with visual artist Igor Molochevski.
- February 2014
Excited to share that my new album EVOLUTION will be released on Big Round Records, a PARMA Recordings label. EVOLUTION is available for pre-order and digital download on April 1, with the official release date April 29! Here is the album YouTube Sampler.
- January 2014
Interior Designs, my collaboration with the Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company listed as one of the Top 10 Dance Events in 2013! [The Star-Ledger] Read full article here.
- December 2013
Here is a nice blog PARMA Recordings posted about my 2013 NYFA Fellowship 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.
- November 2013
- October 2013
Fall Music News! I had a great time performing my multimedia work "Tattoo" on Oct 13 at the Serial Underground/C&C Piano Factory presented by Composers Concordance (enterprising new music organization-NYTimes) and Composers Collaborative Inc (inventive and innovative-NYTimes) at the Cornelia Street Cafe in NYC.
- September 2013
Nice feature article in the special issue of Gracija magazine covering the Sarajevo Film Festival, along with the interviews highlighting festival guests Danny Glover and Armand Assante. In Serbo-Croatian/Bosnian.
- August 2013
- July 2013
Here is an extensive interview with me in the recently released book "In Her Own Words - Conversations with Composers in the United States" (University of Illinois Press). Meredith Monk, Pamela Z, Jennifer Higdon, Tania Leon, Chen Yi, Joan Tower, Toshiko Akiyoshi, and Pauline Oliveros are among the twenty-five artists portrayed in this extraordinary collection, which "substantially advances our knowledge of the work, experiences, compositional approaches, and musical intentions of a diverse group of creative individuals." Also available on Barnes&Noble and Amazon.
- June 2013
Had a great time performing a live score on minimoog with with bassist Dan Cooper set to my film "If Swallows Came Back" at the Bohemian National Hall in NYC. The event Ladies First 2013 - tell it like it is featured journalists and writers paired with some of NYC's most adventurous composers! The food was terrific too.
- May 2013
The New Yorker's pick - May 24 at Spectrum, NYC - I performed two recent works for minimoog, electronics and voice during a night of poly-microtonal delights presented by the American Festival of Microtonal Music! Coloratura soprano Kamala Sankaram and violinist Julianne Klopotic joined me. Also on the program were pieces by Miguel Frasconi, Jurica Jelic, Johnny Reinhard, John Eaton, Peter Thoegersen, and Igor Stravinsky.
- April 2013
Spring Music News! Our Net News and Sublime Video were kind to offer two clips from my recent concert at Spectrum, NYC! Here is Rob Schwimmer on theremin playing an aria from my recent score for Carolyn Dorfman Dance. Soundtrack features soprano Kamala Sankaram and yours truly on piano and synth. Watch me perform "Back to the Heart-Planet" at Spectrum here!
- March 2013
I'll be performing two sets of my music at Spectrum in NYC on April 28 at 7:30pm. The very exciting Rob Schwimmer on theremin, Mordy Ferber on electric guitar, Cornelius Dufallo, Julianne Klopotic on violin, and vocalist Samille Ganges will join me.
- February 2013
Excited about my first round of rehearsals with Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company. A new commission from CDDC for the company's Celebrate 30! Performance Gala, "Interior Designs" involves vocal ensemble and electronics, video body mapping, integral lighting and projections. The piece premieres April 13 and 14 at Wilkins Theater in Union, NJ and at La Guardia Performing Arts Center (LPAC) in NYC, May 17 and 18. With vocalists Kamala Sankaram and Samille Ganges. The piece is the recipient of the New Music USA, 2013 Live Music for Dance grant. For tickets and info go here.
- January 2013
My piece "You Move Me" was chosen as "Best of 2012!" - Anatomy of Sound, Omladinski Program BH Radio 1. Thank you DJ Vuk!
- December 2012
Writing some new tunes with bassist Patrick Derivaz. Moog and bass. In love with this stuff!
- November 2012
Joe's got magic! Joe Lambert did a fantastic job mastering my new album "Evolution". I'm smiling wide.
The multiple Grammy Award winning team, David Frost and Tom Lazarus, mixed my new album "Evolution" at the terrific Stadiumred in New York City. I had an absolute blast!! The album was recorded at NYU's Dolan Studio, Harvestworks in NYC, and Sarajevo's Amadeus, with some of New York's top avant-garde, jazz, and prog rock players. Martha Mooke on electric viola, Tony Levin on electric bass, Ha-Yang Kim on cello, Mordy Ferber on electric guitar, Gareth Flowers on trumpet, Susan Aquila on Viper electric violin, Nikola Radan on alto flute, Johnny Reinhard on bassoon, and Leonardo Suarez Paz and Cornelius Dufallo on violin, among others, shared their magic! Paul Geluso engineered, while yours truly produced, designed the record's tuning, and played with minimoogs, electronics and voice. Stay tuned for videos from the sessions, news on the album release date, the release party, and much more!
- June 2012
Cornelius Dufallo (formerly of radical string quartet Ethel) gave a superb performance of my piece "Before and After the Tekke" at Bargemusic in NYC! Also on the program were works by Kinan Azmeh, Paul Brantley, Jacob TV, Patrick Derivaz, Tim Hodgkinson, and Cornelius Dufallo. Dufallo recorded the work earlier this spring for my upcoming album. Read the review of the performance. Watch the video!
For more summer news go here.
- May 2012
Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company danced to my track "Secret [Clockwork remix]" at Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn in "Up Close and Personal", an evening of contemporary dance and conversation, with live performance by cellist Jessie Reagen Mann. The in-real-time audience feedback gathered during the performance will inform the creation of "Interior Designs", my new collaboration with CDDC!I enjoyed performing a program of new works at the Music with a View Fest 2012 in Tribeca! Violinist Patti Kilroy of Cadillac Moon Ensemble joined me in the sympho-rock meets Middle-East-electronica set for amplified strings, Minimoog, electronics and voices. The Q&A session after the performance was moderated by Eleonor Sandresky. Here is a great review of the concert! Watch the video.
- April 2012
My April 28 sold-out premiere was a success! People said: Meredith Monk, Laurie Anderson and Led Zeppelin, all-in-one! And I said: I love it!! Special thanks to conductor Jennifer Kelly for her vision and artistic excellence, the Lafayette College Concert Choir for giving from the heart, and the Alan and Wendy Pesky Artist-in-Residence Program for commissioning the work! Watch the video! For more spring news - reviews, projects, and upcoming performances - go here.
- March 2012
As the Alan and Wendy Pesky Artist-in-Residence at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania (2011-2012 academic year) I met some wonderful folks, conducted computer music labs, spoke on panels - Creativity, and Gender in the Arts - and gave lectures. The world premiere of my Lafayette commission "Back to the Heart-Planet" for mixed chorus, electronics, electric bass guitar and drum set will take place on April 28, 8pm at the Williams Center for the Arts.
- January 2012
I had a great time performing my music at Drom in New York City as part of the Composers play Composers Marathon, one of the six Composers Concordance Festival 2012 events with some of the most eclectic contemporary musicians around. To "touch the stars on a horse" in "Sabih's Dream", I offered a mix of electronics, amplified violin, my voice, and the Minimoog. Violinist Leonardo Suarez Paz, Astor Piazzolla's disciple, and the master of all things tango, joined me. The soundtrack featured Martha Mooke on electric viola, Ha-Yang Kim on cello, and Tony Levin on bass. Thank you to all who attended! Here is a great review of the performance.
- October 2011
Watch the talk I gave at University of Michigan's Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (CREES), Ann Arbor, about the updated contexts of Balkan ethnic music, symphonic and progressive rock in Sarajevo in the 70ties and Goran Bregovic's album "Silence of the Balkans". Happy with how well it was received! More fall news here. Here's the write-up for the lecture. It introduced the concert of Goran Bregovic & His Wedding and Funeral Orchestra as part of the University Musical Society (UMS) 2011-12 season. Consequently, I have been asked by Carnegie Hall to write about Goran Bregovic for the publication Playbill and his Stern Auditorium debut on October 19th.
Thank you, ASCAP, for the mention in 2014 Selected Honors, Awards & Achievements in ASCAP Concert Music!
Read my new music and art column Cross-Current Art - My Tiny Obsessions in Modern Diplomacy International!
"Interior Designs... exhibits a dazzling ingenuity" - read new review about my collaboration with the Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company HERE!
Watch my live TV Voice of America (VOA) Interview - Thank you to Inda Swanke and Glas Amerike Studio Washington!
I was an artist-in-residence at the historic Manley-Lefevre House in Vermont - a sustainable community that nurtures the imaginative spirit - as part of Marble House Project's inaugural residency year.
I'm featured in the 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."