Svjetlana Bukvich-Nichols

New York, NY United States

Photo by Michael Benabib, Styling Holly Copeland, New York City 2009
Genres:Folk, New Age, Specialty - Soundtrack Alternatives, Specialty - Promo Music, Specialty - Horror/Suspense, Specialty - Classic - Cinematic, World - Other, World - Eastern European
Bio: Svjetlana Bukvich-Nichols is one of the few, if not only, woman composer, producer, and performer from Bosnia and Herzegovina working in America. Over the past two decades, she has created genre-bending works which span from acoustic and performer-driven to electronic and theatrical, and often include video, voice, and tuning of her own design. Her music has been heard on four continents, at venues such as the 2008 Beijing International Congress on Women in Music, The 15. International Review of Composers in Belgrade, SABCTV Art Works in South Africa, Museum of Modern Art in Copenhagen, and the International Festival for Cutting Edge Dance Theatre in London.


Billed as a "concert composer/performer whose music defies boundaries" (ASCAP), she has appeared in major experimental performance spaces in New York and across the country, including the Times Center, the Tribeca Film Festival, Music With A View at the Flea Theater, The Knitting Factory, The Kitchen, LaMama, E.T.C., The Anthology Film Archives, ASCAPs Thru The Walls Series, AMC Theaters, the Inner Voices New Music Festival in Los Angeles, and The Kennedy Center. Her music was broadcast on Voice of America, New York's Cable and Public TV, and American Music Center's Counterstream Radio.


A child protégé in her native Sarajevo, Svjetlana performed with rock bands, as a piano soloist with the Sarajevo Symphony Orchestra, composed for independent television and theater and collaborated with some of Europes foremost and forward-thinking musicians. She studied Composition and Musicology at Sarajevo University's Academy of Music, and Integrated Electronic Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York. Among her mentors were Josip Magdic, Neil Rolnick, Martin Bresnick, Kurt Munkacsi, Miroslaw Rogala, and Robert Ashley. Svjetlana received the ASCAP's Buddy Baker Film Scoring Scholarship, grants from American Composers Forum, the Soros Foundation, New England Foundation for the Arts, the ASCAP Foundation, and the Institute On The Arts And Civic Dialogue at Harvard University. She teaches music production at New York University and sound for animation at Pratt Institute.
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