Not chamber music, not world music, not jazz, Serbian composer and instrumentalist Boris Kovac has for 40 years perfected his unique blend of compositional music, rich in the region's folk history while stunningly lyrical and sophisticated in execution.
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Label: Recommended Records
Catalog ID: RER BK2
Squidco Product Code: 21478
Country: Great Britain
Recorded by Ljuba Pejic.
Sinisa Mazalica-double bass
Lav Kovac-percussion, drums
Boris Kovac-soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, bass clarinet, composer
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2. Noon 12:34
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4. Midnight 15:57
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"What Boris does is without parallel or precedent, and he's been doing it for over 40 years, perfecting a language that is uniquely his own: not chamber music, not world music, not jazz - but demanding performance skills vital to all three. What do you call a music that is fully scored, played only by acoustic instruments and demands not only extremely high technical standards from its performers but - if they are to imbue what is written with its proper ritual body - shared histories and deep cultural roots?
To grasp the essence of this work, the composition and the ensemble need to be considered together and it's this aspect of Boris' work that is so exceptional. Composers write scores, while folk and jazz ensembles spin the present out of collective memory; Boris somehow manages to do both, and there is a depth here that's not in the notes or in the performances but in an ability to tap into a collective reservoir of archetypical resonances. That's the source of its intangible strength and apparent inevitability. It has, as we say, the ring of truth."-Recommended Records
"Boris Kovač (1955) is a composer, reeds player and multimedia artist from the Vojvodina region, the northern part of the present day Serbia. He composes music for chamber groups he rehearses and leads, moreover many of his projects are to some extent connected with theatre. During the period from 1991 until 1995 he used to live and work in Italy, Slovenia and Austria.
In 1996 Boris moved back to Serbia, where he led several new projects in which were involved his Ritual Nova ensemble, LaDaABa orchest, La Campanella orchestra, Chamber Theatre of Music OGLEDALO, Academy of Fine Skills.
He engaged himself also in the work with students, in order to re-establish the contemporary music/theatre scene in his country.
In the last few years he is engaged also with his New Ritual Group, Ultima Armonia (with S.K.Tickmayer) and in duet with David Yengibarian.His ensembles performed more than 500 concerts and festivals of World/New/Jazz Music in around 30 countries, travelling through 4 continents.
His albums were 3 times in the Top 10 of the European Broadcast Union (World Music Charts Europe). In August 2005 the album "World after history" reached the second position; the album The Last Balkan Tango was chosen among the best "50 essential albums ever" by the popular Songlines magazine.
Boris Kovač got the biggest Serbian theatre prize -Sterija Award for music in the year 2007 for the play "Nahod Simeon".
In the year 2008, 2011 he received the prize for the best music from the Cinema City film festival.
His DVD "Before and after Apocalypse", received the prize of the German Critics Association.
In the year 2009 Boris composed the music for fiction film White, white World. This music got the award as the Best Soundtrack in Serbia for 2010."-Boris Kovac website
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