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MIRELA IVICEVI AT MATA FESTIVAL
WEDNESDAY, APR 15 2015, 08:00 PM
The MATA Festival is a New York-based annual contemporary classical music festival devoted to championing the works of young composers.
MATA goes full blast in an unforgettable evening that probes all that we understand to work together to create music. Norwegian composer Bjørn Erik Haugen’s Summon transforms images to sound and back to image, questioning if what we see is really what we intend it to be. Mirela Ivičević, in her Orgy of References, takes on the role of the composer, their resumes in particular, giving a new take on the litany of accolades that fill them. Meanwhile American Megan Grace Beugger’s Liaisons connects a dancer to a prepared piano via a pulley system – what is more important: the sound or the performance? Serbian composer Jasna Veličković tears apart the instrument, creating music instead with magnets in her sUn. Finally, Music for Lamps – the trio of Adam Basanta, Max Stein, and Julian Stein – puts forth a clean slate in which tens of table lamps outfitted with transducers create their own music.
Night 2: Mad Filaments and Ungovernable Shoots
Bjørn Erik Haugen (Norway): Summon (2013), WP
Jasna Veličković (Serbia): sUn (2014), AP
Mirela Ivičević (Croatia): Orgy of References (2012), AP
Megan Grace Beugger (USA): Liaison (2013), NYP
Adam Basanta / Julian Stein / Max Stein (Canada / US): Music for Lamps (2012-15), AP
Mirela Ivičević (1980, Split/Croatia) is a Vienna-based composer and sound artist. Her work focuses mainly on the reflective and subversive potential of sound and sound’s role in social and political context. The majority of her artistic output are conceptual and interdisciplinary works which utilize acoustic and other side-‐products of media-‐dominated reality to address the issues like identity, otherness and freedom in contemporary social environments.
She finished her master studies in composition and music theory at the Music Academy Zagreb, postgraduate studies in Media Composition and applied Music at the University of Music and performing Arts Vienna and is currently doing a postgraduate course in composition with Beat Furrer at the University of Music and performing Arts Graz.
She collaborated with many ensembles and artists of different fields in-‐ and outside Europe in a wide range of genre-‐bending projects. Recent prizes include Josip Štolcer Slavenski Prize 2013 awarded yearly to the best piece of contemporary music in Croatia for her Musiktheater PLANET 8 as well as Austrian State Scholarship for Composition (2014). Her third opera, 853211 DREAMGIRLS!, comissioned by Music Biennale Zagreb and Cantus Ansambl will be performed in April 2015 in Zagreb’s Theater &TD.
Alongside artistic work she is also active as a producer and co-‐curator of Dani Nove Glazbe Split -‐ international festival of cutting-edge music and related art forms that takes place bi-annually in Split, Croatia.
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