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Phantom Currents was a commission Ms Bukvich received from the Ballet Ensemble of the Sarajevo National Theater in 2022 as part of the seven pieces she composed for the dance triptych PANTA RHEI choreographed by Belma Čečo Bakrač. The story of the show, now in the Ballet’s core repertory, is a look at a post-pandemic future; greed-driven magnates, love-bound destinies, unborn fetuses and artificial intelligence all play part in the narrative. The piece is awaiting its release on Ms. Bukvich’s upcoming album.
Originally commissioned by Janis Brenner and Dancers, Once You Are Not A Stranger is the feature title of a 40-minute collaborative media work that looks at the idea of “otherness” in a multicultural, multi-ethnic, and multi-religious world. The ETHEL string quartet version was composed in response to the 2016 presidential elections. The quartet premiered the piece as part of Composers Concordance’s Roundtable concert at (le) Poisson Rouge NYC in January 2017. They are featured in this recording along with Patrick Derivaz on bass guitar and Svjetlana Bukvich on synthesizers. The piece was released on the album EXTENSION (Navona Recordings). Mastering by Bob Ludwig.
Before and After the Tekke is inspired by Meša Selimović’s book ‘Death and the Dervish’, Ms Bukvich’s visit to an 18th century tekke (dervish monastery) at the karstic Buna river spring in Herzegovina, the music idioms of the region, and the sounds of New York City. The piece features tuning of her design woven with tempered intonation in a suite of imaginary dances informed by deconstructivism. Violinist Ana Milosavljevic originally commissioned the work. The piece was released on the album EVOLUTION (Big Round Records) featuring Cornelius Dufallo on violin, Tony Levin on electric bass and Svjetlana Bukvich on synthesizers. Mastering by Joe Lambert.
Tattoo, scored for voice, piano and electronics sound, is part of the 30-minute score ‘Interior Designs’, a commission Ms Bukvich received from Carolyn Dorfman Dance for their “Celebrate 30! Performance Gala” in spring 2013. The piece features electro-acoustic music, video body mapping and projections, integral lighting, and dancers interacting with mezzo-soprano Kamala Sankaram, featured on the recording. In the piece, the entire theater becomes an immersive environment that reveals the internal and external worlds of both performer and spectator. The piece was released on the album EXTENSION (Navona Recordings) with Svjetlana Bukvich on piano. Mastering by Bob Ludwig.
Inspired by Mordy Ferber’s world fusion jazz, Goran Bregović’s film music, and Brian Eno’s nineties electronica, You Move Me was premiered as part of the 10th edition of The ASCAP Foundation’s Thru The Walls series, curated by composer/electric violist Martha Mooke. The series is designed to showcase the work of concert composer/performers whose concert music defies boundaries and genres. The piece was released on the album EVOLUTION (Big Round Records) featuring Mordy Ferber on electric guitar, Susan Aquila on electric violin Viper, Nikola Radan on alto flute, Tony Levin on bass guitar, and Svjetlana Bukvich on synthesizers and vocal. Mastering by Joe Lambert.
There is a point of levitation in a thoroughbred Arabian’s run when the rider needs to adjust the velocity of her gaze and find the still point on the horizon. The word in Ms Bukvich’s mother tongue that describes this moment is “jezditi” which means “to touch the stars on a horse”. The experience of this moment of kinetic and spiritual freedom is at the core of her inspiration for Sabih’s Dream. Crafted as a sympho-rock tone poem, the piece features tuning of her design woven with tempered intonation. Originally commissioned by the American Festival of Microtonal Music (AFMM), it was released on the album EVOLUTION (Big Round Records) featuring Leonardo Suarez-Paz on violin, Martha Mooke on electric and acoustic viola, Ha-Yang Kim on cello, Tony Levin on electric bass and chapman stick, and Svjetlana Bukvich on synthesizers. Mastering by Joe Lambert.