"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
- November 2013
My album "Evolution" will be released on Big Round Records, a PARMA Recordings label. Upcoming is a two track EP in December, with a full album release slated for April 2014. Here is a nice blog PARMA posted about my 2013 NYFA Fellowship in Music/Sound.
- 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.
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, among others. "...an exquisite picture of the power and beauty of human creativity."
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!