Svjetlana Bukvich

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 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, she has emerged as a unique figure on the New York music scene. Her signature hybrid sound weaves deconstructivist dance suites with polymicrotonal sympho-rock tone poems, experimental prog rock/world jazz fusions with musique concrète spirituals, and contemporary art-song with electronica, creating "ecstatic musical experiences" (New Music Connoisseur) that tell stories of love, loss, trial and triumph in a bold, yet sensuous style. Described as "powerful and atmospheric, evocative of the sacred" (IAWM Journal), and involving "all manners of noise" (The Star-Ledger), her works regularly involve top avant-garde, jazz, and prog rock instrumentalists such as Martha Mooke, Tony Levin, Mari Kimura, Cornelius Dufallo, Patrick Derivaz, Johnny Reinhard, Leonardo Suarez Paz, Ha-Yang Kim, and Mordy Ferber.

Billed by ASCAP as a "concert composer/performer whose music defies boundaries," Bukvich has appeared in venues as varied as the The Kennedy Center, the Tribeca Film Festival, The Kitchen, Music with a View festival, Serial Underground at the Cornelia Street Café, Composers Concordance Festival, Lincoln Center, (le) Poisson Rouge, ASCAP's Thru The Walls Series, the [New York] Times Center, Spectrum, the Bohemian Hall, and internationally including Beijing, London, South Africa and Copenhagen. Her music has been heard on Voice of America, American Music Center's Radio, WQXR and MNN Public TV in New York, John Schaefer's New Sounds on WNYC, Australian SBS Radio, and Princeton's Classical Discoveries. Bukvich is the recipient of grants from the Soros Foundation, the American Composers Forum, ASCAP's Buddy Baker Film Scoring Scholarship, New England Foundation for the Arts, and the Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue at Harvard University. Among her mentors were Philip Glass, Robert Ashley, Carl Stone, Neil Rolnick, Kurt Munkacsi, Goran Bregovic, and Martin Bresnick.

Along with twenty-four groundbreaking contemporary women composers, including Meredith Monk, Joan Tower, Pamela Z and Pauline Oliveros, Bukvich is featured in the recently released book In Her Own Words - Conversations with Composers in the United States, published by the University of Illinois Press. She was artist-in-residence at Lafayette College (2011- 2012), and in the fall of 2011, she collaborated with Pomegranate Arts in New York in support of Goran Bregovic and his Wedding and Funeral Orchestra's North American tour. Her score Interior Designs, commissioned by the Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company, was listed as one of the top ten dance events of 2013 (The Star-Ledger) and has received the New Music USA, 2013 Live Music for Dance award. Her highly anticipated album EVOLUTION ("astounding", "gripping","mind-expanding stuff" - babysue), mixed by the Grammy-award winning team David Frost and Tom Lazarus, was released in April 2014 on PARMA's Big Round Records. In July 2014, she will be an artist-in-residence at the historic Manley-Lefevre House in Dorset, Vermont. Bukvich is on faculty at New York University (NYU), and is a 2013 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Music/Sound.
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