Sarajevo/New York City

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An innovator in hybrid electronic sound, and a "force in new music", Sarajevo-native Svjetlana Bukvich has emerged as one of the most unique music figures on the New York scene. Her genre-bending performances described as “ecstatic musical experience" (New Music Connoisseur) often feature video, voice, and tuning of her design, and 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, among others. Billed by ASCAP as a "concert composer/performer whose music defies boundaries" she 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, 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 NY, John Schaefer's New Sounds on WNYC, Australian SBS Radio, and Marvin Rosen's Classical Discoveries. She has received 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.

Svjetlana grew up during the wildly active music scene in Sarajevo's eighties, with Arabian horses and four major religions at her doorstep. She is now among twenty-five groundbreaking contemporary women composers - including Meredith Monk, Joan Tower, Pamela Z and Pauline Oliveros - featured in the book "In Hew Own Words - Conversations with Composers in the United States" slated for the summer 2013 release. She was an artist-in-residence at Lafayette College for the 2011-2012 academic year where she premiered a new commission for mixed chorus, electronics, bass, and drum set. Last fall, she has collaborated with Pomegranate Arts in NY in support of Goran Bregovic and his Wedding and Funeral Orchestra's north American tour, along with their sold-out show at Carnegie Hall. The upcoming season features a commission from the Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company, an evening of her music at Spectrum in New York City, and the release of her highly anticipated album "Evolution", mixed by the Grammy-award winning team David Frost and Tom Lazarus. Stories of love, loss, trial and triumph dominate this album with music that has already garnered critical acclaim. Among her mentors were Philip Glass, Robert Ashley, Carl Stone, Neil Rolnick, Kurt Munkacsi, Goran Bregovic, and Martin Bresnick. For more information please visit

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  1. Neil Rolnick
  2. The Field
  3. Rob O'Neill
  4. Jarl Midelfort