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Vukosavljevic, Ivan: Slow Roads (elsewhere)

Eight compositions for solo 1/4 comma meantone organ by Serbian composer Ivan Vukosavljevic and performed by organists Tineke Steenbrink, Francesca Ajossa, Jan Hage, Lise Morrison, recorded in 2022 on five different historic organs, dating from the early 16th to mid-17th centuries, captured in medieval churches located in the countryside of northern Netherlands.

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Ivan Vukosavljevic-composer

Tineke Steenbrink-performer

Francesca Ajossa-performer

Jan Hage-performer

Lise Morrison-performer

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Label: elsewhere
Catalog ID: elsewhere 027
Squidco Product Code: 34089

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded in Krewerd (I), Zeerijp (II, VII, VIII), Oosthuizen (III), Midwolde (IV), and Kantens (V, VI), The Netherlands, in 2022, by Daniel van Horssen.

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"Slow Roads is an album of eight pieces written by Hague-based Serbian composer Ivan Vukosavljevic between 2019 and 2022, for solo 1/4 comma meantone organ. All eight pieces were recorded in 2022 on five different historic organs, dating from the early 16th to mid-17th centuries, located in medieval churches scattered throughout the countryside of the northern Netherlands. Five of the eight pieces were performed by Tineke Steenbrink, co-founder of the Dutch early music ensemble Holland Baroque. Francesca Ajossa, Jan Hage and Lise Morrison performed one piece each."-elsewhere

"Ivan Vukosavljević is a composer and musician based in The Hague. He was born in 1986 in Serbia and moved to the Netherlands in 2014.

Ranging from solo to large ensemble works, his music often explores hidden potential of instruments using amplification, amplified instruments, unorthodox playing techniques, improvisation, combining western and non-western instruments, electric guitars, electronics, etc."

Artist Biographies

"Ivan Vukosavljević is a composer and musician based in The Hague. He was born in 1986 in Serbia and moved to the Netherlands in 2014.

Ranging from solo to large ensemble works, his music often explores hidden potential of instruments using amplification, amplified instruments, unorthodox playing techniques, improvisation, combining western and non-western instruments, electric guitars, electronics, etc.

"A composer who really understands the physicality of sound, sculpting powerful, unnerving structures out of an economy of means. His work balances the big picture and inner detail very convincingly. He shapes colour with great attention, working towards ever more dense but refined sonic combinations. His beautifully conceived works reveal shimmering details and captivating harmonic processes underneath a monolithic surface." (Gaudeamus 2017).

In 2015 his work 'Trills, Spills & Bellyaches' for solo electric guitar was nominated for the Tera de Marez Oyens prize(NL) and performed during Gaudeamus Muziekweek(NL). In the following year his work 'The Atlas Slave', written for Ensemble Klang in 2016 was nominated for the Gaudeamus award. His collaboration with Gaudeamus went on to produce several works, including: 'Ghost in the piano' for electric guitar/piano hybrid instrument, 'Still Life' for large ensemble co-commissioned with Orkest de Ereprijs(NL) and 'The Burning' for 5 prepared/tabletop/ebow guitars + amplified ensemble, co-commissioned with Ensemble Klang(NL), released on EnsembleKlang Records in 2023. In March 2022 he won the Amsterdam Marimba Weekend composition prize for the work 'The Ladder'; ''With very modest means and even simple instrumental parts, the composer builds up a maximum musical effect... A very fascinating sound is the result.'' (AMW 2022). He also worked with Slagwerk Den Haag(NL), Listenpony(UK), LP Duo(SRB), Ensemble Metamorphosis(SRB) and others. His latest album 'Slow Roads', for solo meantone organ played by Tineke Steenbrink (Lise Morrison, Jan Hage and Francesca Ajossa) was released in 2023 via Elsewhere music.

His music could be seen at Rewire festival (NL), LeGuessWho? (NL), Music in PyeongChang (KR), Mise-En Festival (USA), International Review of Composers (SRB), Zeitgeist (USA), Lucerne Festival (CH), and many other festivals and concert venues.

He studied composition at the University of Arts (Faculty of Music) in Belgrade and at The Royal Conservatory in The Hague."

-Ivan Vukosavljevic Website (

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"Tineke Steenbrink is co-founder and co-artistic leader of Dutch early music ensemble Holland Baroque. Since her youth she has been connected to the Severijn organ of the Sint Martinuskerk, Cuijk. She has taught at the conservatories of Zwolle and Groningen and since 2014 at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. Her many years of study of the autograph of Pergolesi's Stabat Mater led to the publication of this manuscript with Edition Walhall.

Tineke is currently researching baroque Gregorian chant, its use and performance practice in Brabant (Dutch southern province) in the 17th and 18th centuries. She studies these ancient Gradualia, Antiphonalia and Processionalia page by page for their notes, insertions, directions and signs of use.She holds degrees from the Utrecht Conservatory in organ studies and from the Hochschule für Musik Köln harpsichord studies, which she completed with the highest distinction."

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"Born in Cagliari in 1999, Francesca Ajossa started her musical training at a very young age in the class of prof. Angelo Castaldo at the "Palestrina" Conservatory in Cagliari, where she obtained the Bachelor Diploma in 2018. She took masterclasses from musicians such as G. Bovet, L. Lohmann, H. Deutsch, D. Zaretsky, J.Palur, L. van Doeselaar, C. Mantoux and O. Latry. As an organist she's played at various festivals in Italy and abroad, such as the ones held in Rome, Fermo, Cagliari, Monza, Naples, Pisa, Cosenza, Alghero, Fussen, Ottobeuren and Kokkola and on December 2016 she played three concerts in Hong Kong and Macao on the occasion of the Pope's 80th birthday. She's also performed as a soloist with the Orchestra "La Rejouissance", with the "Palestrina Chamber Orchestra" and in November 2018 she played the Poulenc Organ Concerto with the "Codarts String Orchestra". In 2015 she was admitted as an active pupil to the "International Bach Academy" held by prof. Jacques van Oortmerssen and she won the Second Prize at the "Premio Abbado Competition". She was a finalist at the "Fourth International Agati - Tronci Competition" and at the "Ambitus Competition", and she's one of the eight young organists who were chosen to attend the "Young Talents Class" at the Haarlem Organ Festival (2016), where she also played at the final Presentation Recital.

She recorded a CD dedicated to the Organ Music from the 19th Century in Sardinia (Tactus, 2017) and in 2019 her recording of Organ Works by Italian female composers was published by "Stradivarius". In 2020, Francesca graduated "cum Laude" from the Master of Music at Codarts Rotterdam, where she studied with prof. Ben van Oosten, and one year later also concluded her Music Psychology studies at the University of York. Having been appointed as Organ Scholar in St. Peter und Paul Ratingen (Germany) from 2020 to 2022, she's currently a PhD candidate at KU Leuven (Belgium) and the main organist of the Church in 't Woudt (Netherlands), as well as following the "Claviorganum" Master at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg."

-Francesca Ajossa Website (

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"Jan Hage (1964) is a Dutch concert organist and composer. He is the main organist of the Dom Church in Utrecht. He enjoys an international career as a concert organist, performing at prestigious venues across Europe, Russia, and the USA. As a soloist he performed with Slagwerkgroep Den Haag, Asko|Schönberg and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. As a composer he wrote music for organ and ensembles.

As an organist Jan Hage was awarded several prizes at international organ competitions."

-Jan Hage Website (

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"Lise Morrison is a South African composer and sound artist, currently based in The Hague, Netherlands. Her work has been performed in the Netherlands, Switzerland, South Africa, UK, Russia, the United States, Canada, and Serbia.

Her instrumental and electroacoustic works deal with repetition, extended form, and the effects of material and pacing change in a fragile environment of carefully exposed sounds.

Notable performances and collaborators include Ensemble Asko Schönberg, Ives Ensemble, Slagwerk Den Haag, Orkest de Ereprijs, New European Ensemble, Ensemble Modelo62 (NL), Ensemble Mise-En(USA), Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble (RUS), and the Bozzini Quartet (CA) in festivals/venues such as the Unyazi Electronic Music Festival, Moscow Philharmonic, Orgelpark Amsterdam, Lucerne Festival, and Gaudeamus Muziekweek.

Upcoming projects include Lise's debut album released on Sawyer Editions (USA) in July 2023, a commission for the Signum Quartet (DE), a collaboration with Oerknal ensemble, and two new pieces for organ and ensemble. Lise also curates a concert series at Korzo Theater in The Hague, In Bloom, and teaches part-time.

Lise holds a B.Comm and a B.Mus (Hans Roosenschoon) from Stellenbosch University and an M.Mus (Calliope Tsoupaki, Huba de Graaff, Mayke Nas, Martijn Padding) from the Royal Conservatory The Hague. In 2018/2019 she furthered her studies at the Institute of Sonology in The Hague."

-Lise Morrison Website (

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Track Listing:

1. The Ladder 7:34

2. When You Are Able To Become The Patterns Of The Earth 5:07

3. Triptych 5:09

4. Ramum Olivae 6:19

5. Porete 6:45

6. Echo (After Sweelinck) 4:50

7. The Ladder II 3:52

8. Psalm 5:22

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