He has explored musical languages which are reflected in his style today: a synthesis of classical, jazz, and ethnic music. As a soloist and in collaboration with other artists, he has toured extensively throughout Europe, Japan, and the U. He has also collaborated on multi-disciplinary projects involving music, psychology, philosophy, and fine arts. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This biography of a living person needs additional citations for verification.
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The world in which we live is built of many interlocked times; we are, equally, of a multitude of coexisting realities. So is the music on this recording. There are the improvisatory, Haiku-like moment-realities of Little Secrets; the static Taoism-inspired Passacaglia for the Golden Flower; the dynamic, anguished architecture of the 2nd Sonata; the Escher-like twisted logic of Reversible Cowboy.
If, vertically, every piece recognizes history from a different angle, horizontally, it claims a different musical neighborhood for its source; Omar's Fancy, the Middle-East; Jazz Sonatina, as the title suggests; Hommage a J. Today, when we are confronted with both tribalism and total abstraction, extreme simplicity as well as complexity, I believe it is possible to create art which speaks on a gut level, and yet is built with much refinement and complexity of structure and language.
I do not see why one must rely only on the caricature of the human, instead of on the full potential. If the diversity of my music relies on the coexistence of musical worlds, the coherence is achieved primarily through the use of motivic transformational processes within clearly defined systems. In this way, a multi-perspectival, yet conceptually unified and historically grounded musical universe is acknowledged.
The diverse compositional processes also define different modalities of consciousness; every piece is a mini-world, following axioms of its own existence, indirectly reflecting a particular integration of the levels of being. I can only hope to have been an accurate translator.
Fifteen years later, I am painfully aware of the stifling and fragmenting influence of both "this business of music" and institutions; still, my commitment to this kind of vision has not changed essentially. Jazz Sonatina, Mysterious Habitats, and Reversible Cowboy are all syntheses of American popular idioms jazz, folk, country with classical forms.
The development is based on transformation of interrelated motifs; and the harmonic language, primarily on modality and pentatonicism. Besides the usual golpe and other percussive effects, I have experimented in this piece with use of prolonged slurs more typical of the electric guitar technique. Mysterious Habitats, on the other hand, was inspired by a miniature masterpiece by Couperin entitled Les Baricades Mysterieuses; Both compositions are based on similarly propulsive interlocked patterns.
The tempo indication of the Fancy, "Adagio appassionato e molt ruba'iyato" refers to the famous collection of ruba'iyat two-line stanzas by the Persian poet Omar Khayyam.
The piece is in a free theme and variation form, using improvised, melismatic lines, not unlike those played on Middle-Eastern plucked instruments, such as Ottoman tanbur or Arabic oud. The third variation uses various percussive techniques to build an imitation-based, ricercar-like form. The harmony is based on Middle-Eastern modes, but uses Western devices such as modulation through pivot zones and chords.
The two melancholy pieces Hommage a F. Tati, dedicated to the late French comedian, the creator of "Les Vancances de Mr. True enough, the very first pages of the piece occurred as if by a miracle, but then it took some three months to complete the whole composition.
The fugue, which, as the other two movements, is a synthesis of Indian and Balkan languages with Baroque form, has an especially intricate development; from the middle of the piece to the end, all the entrances of the theme are inverted to create a mirror-like structure. I thought it a good sign when my father told me the music brought an image of "a field of flowers. Proclaimed "the work of a madman" by Teja Bell, who engineered this recording , the 2nd Sonata is a highly stylized and structured composition with interrelated themes primarily based on the Balkan melodic and rhythmic vocabulary.
The harmony of this piece stretches from modal, polymodal, extended tonal to atonal systems, integrated with elaborate and highly charged counterpoint.
The final coda brings themes together in a violent ricercar-like ending. For many years my friend Steve Freedman not only reused to believe that I was capable of playing this piece, but that I have ever actually completed it.
I think this recording finally settles the matter. Fairytale with Variations is dedicated to my mother, who passed away last year, in Faced with the irreconcilable, I chose this simple piece as a memory guardian of the lost world of childhood. To me, composition is usually a process of integration; Seven Little Secrets were, however, completely accidental in conception, unambitious and effortless in appearance. Emerging from the architecture of our lives, these Secrets may be glimpses of an underlying reality, and their simple forms, the only ones with which they can speak.
The world? These offspring of what I call questionably "my life" have an existence of their own, and I hope this recording will be a way of communicating them to a larger whole. It may be that art is indeed one of the ways of making that whole come into being, a way of transcending our isolated and mortal existences, a way of acknowledging and creating a transparent human universe. Dusan Bogdanovic March, This recording is dedicated to the memory of my mother Nadezda Bogdanovic.
Special thanks to: Sharon Wayne, for her love and support, Steve Freedman, for his friendship and helpful advice, Dean Kamei, for his faith and dedication to my music, and Don Oai and La Minh, for contributing their artistic mastery to this project. As a soloist and in collaboration with other artists, Bogdanovic has toured extensively throughout Europe, Asia and the United States. He has over fifty published compositions ranging from guitar and piano solo works to chamber and orchestral ensembles Berben, GSP, Doberman-Yppan et al.
Recordings et al. Bogdanovic was born in Yugoslavia in He completed his studies of composition and orchestration at the Geneva Conservatory with Paul Wissmer and Alberto Ginastera and in guitar performance with M.
Early in his career, he received the only First Prize at the Geneva Competition and gave a highly acclaimed debut recital in Carnegie Hall in After having taught at the Belgrade Academy and San Francisco Conservatory , he is presently engaged by the Geneva Conservatory. An amazing blend of classical, jazz, and Balkan influences. This album is pure perfection by an artist who deserves recognition. If you're tired of pretentious applications of the masters, here is a new treatment you should give a try.
Dusan Bogdanovic continues to prove himself to be one of the true originals of the guitar. His unique vision is born of his trans-Atlantic experiences seasoned with a complete mastery of ethnic folk, jazz and classical traditions, making this music rich in complexity and meaning. He has much to say, handling the large sonata structures as effortlessly as the slight miniature 'Secrets' and he does so with authority, wit and humor. To enter his world is to know delight, and this new collection is a veritable treasure chest, brimming with rare and exotic jewels: don't miss it.
Highly Recommended. Even at its most complicated, however, there is an unhurriedness to Bogdanovic's music. Easily his best collection yet, 'Mysterious Habitats', played by the composer, runs a wide sty" - Bill Ellis, American Record Guide "Profoundly original, Dusanm's umsic is a curious alliance of classical, jazz, and ethnic music.
This reviewer sat enthralled by the diversity and majesty of his compositions. Mysterious Habitats. Add to Cart. Submit Review. Sign Up for Our Newsletter:.
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