EVOCATIVE MUSIC FOR DANCE SVJETLANA BUKVICH BRINGS “TRACES” TO THE STAGE IN COLLABORATION WITH CAROLYN DORFMAN DANCE WORLD PREMIERE APRIL 8, NEW JERSEY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
Two premiere performances of “Traces” a new collaboration by composer Svjetlana Bukvich and Carolyn Dorfman Dance
CONTINUING HER EXTRAORDINARY AND EVOCATIVE STYLE OF COMPOSING MUSIC FOR DANCE SVJETLANA BUKVICH BRINGS “TRACES” TO THE STAGEIN COLLABORATION WITH CAROLYN DORFMAN DANCEWORLD PREMIERE , NEW JERSEY PERFORMING ARTS CENTERNYC PREMIERE OF TRACES AT THE LA GUARDIA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER(Wednesday, March 16, 2016 – New York, New York) – For the second time , two progressively original artists, Svjetlana Bukvich and Carolyn Dorfman will come together to share their work. Their new collaboration TRACESopens live on at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. TRACES is a multi disciplinary work that will feature ten live dancers and four live musicians, a video, stage props, and prerecorded sound. NJPAC is one of our country’s preeminent performance spaces and it will be a majestic setting for what promises to be a night filled with the explosion of the body, mind, soul and technology interconnecting. As these two exceptional artists in their perspective fields continue to search the unknown and the familiar, the fruits of their efforts are unquestionably audience centric, intending to attract new music and dance fans that want to experience art that is very different yet tangibly gratifying.Svjetlana Bukvich and Carolyn Dorfman Dance first collaborated in 2013 on the highly charged and multi-dimensional 30 minute emersion of dance and music, INTERIOR DESIGNS. The piece was listed as one of the top 10 dance events in 2013 (The Star-Ledger) and has enjoyed national and international performances. TATTOO, an aria from Bukvich'sINTERIOR DESIGNS was selected for inclusion on the recent New York Foundation for The Arts (NYFA) Collection: Volume Two CD release on Innova Recordings celebrating NYFA's 30th.The music for TRACES was commissioned by Carolyn Dorfman Dance through grants awarded from the O'Donnell-Green Music and Dance Foundation, Inc. and New Music USA, 2016 Live Music for Dance. The piece involves an electro-acoustic score featuring a world-class line up of musicians including: Susan Aquila on electric violin viper, Jacqueline Kerrod on electric harp, Wylie Wirth on percussion and with Bukvich on mini-moog synthesizer. The music and dancers will be lauded on by a conceptual video backdrop designed by Kate Freer. The soundtrack features Philip Hamilton and Bukvich on vocals and David Rozenblatt on percussion.Bukvich states, "My music is the conversation I bring to the table. TRACES absorbs much of my life's story as an artist and human being. It is a 30 minute work about interconnectedness of all of us, and the forces that create and change us. I grew up in a place, Sarajevo which defeated fascism. That moment in history keeps resurfacing in my mind as I face the troubling signs in today's societies, across the globe. I am grateful to be able to work with this group of artists on TRACES. They inspire me!"Bukvich recently celebrated another world premiere on February 18, 2016 of HARD RAIN, JOHNNY, her composition for bassoon and electronic sound at the Festival of Microtonal Music in Berlin. Performed by bassoonist virtuoso Johnny Reinhard, the piece was a highlight of the festival along with works by Harry Partch, Skip La Plante and Philipp Gerschlauer.
About Svjetlana Bukvich: Svjetlana Bukvich specializes in composing a prog rock-tinged blend of classical, avant-garde, and experimental music for contemporary dance, video and film and the concert stage. Her performance pieces have been produced and presented throughout the USA and abroad, including The Kennedy Center, the Tribeca Film Festival, Roulette, Alvin Ailey City Center, Lincoln Center, Cal State Fullerton New Music Festival: Voice in the 21st Century, (le) Poisson Rouge, the (NY) Times Center, and in Beijing, London, Johannesburg, Copenhagen and Sarajevo. In 2013 Bukvich was awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellowship in Music/Sound. That same year she was featured in the book "In Her Own Words - Conversations with Composers in the United States," joining the ranks of twenty-five trail-blazing women composers including Meredith Monk, Joan Tower, Pamela Z, and Pauline Oliveros. Among her mentors are Philip Glass, Carl Stone, Neil Rolnick, and Robert Ashley.She holds an M.F.A. in integrated electronic arts from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York, nation's first program of its kind, a Bachelor Degree in Composition and a Bachelor Degree in Musicology from Sarajevo University's Music Academy, Yugoslavia.Her work has received grants from USArtists International, the Soros Foundation, the American Composers Forum, ASCAP's Buddy Baker Film Scoring Scholarship, New England Foundation for the Arts, the Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue at Harvard University and The Frances Richard Fund for Innovative Artists of Promise. Bukvich is a board member of the American Festival of Microtonal Music, and an honoree in 2014 Selected Honors, Awards & Achievements in ASCAP Concert Music. She is on faculty at NYU, and writes on new music and art in Modern Diplomacy International. In June of 2015, Bukvich became an associate director of the New York-based Composers Concordance organization, and in July of 2015 she performed her music for 190 United Nations delegates and representatives at the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Her only solo release to date, the genre-busting album EVOLUTION on Big Round Records (PARMA Recordings), was released in 2014, has received outstanding reviews and has been heard on numerous radio stations across the US, in Europe, and Australia. For more information please visit www.svjetlanamusic.comAbout Carolyn Dorfman Dance: Carolyn Dorfman Dance connects life and dance in bold, athletic and dramatic works by Carolyn Dorfman and nationally renowned choreographers. The company’s ten multi-ethnic and stunning dancers tap into their unique talents to present high-energy and technically demanding dance that unleashes the powerful storytelling and imagery of its visionary creator. This distinctive combination takes audiences on intellectual and emotional journeys that ultimately illuminate and celebrate the human experience and spirit.The highly acclaimed ensemble is known for emotional resonance and artistic excellence both in performance and in its interactions with the audience. For more information please visit www.carolyndorfmandance.
com. For more about this event and tickets please visit: http://carolyndorfman. dance/events/2016-performance- and-gala-benefit. The evening is a celebration and gala for the Carolyn Dorfman Dance with light snacks and cocktails starting at . The gala evening will honor Charles Robertson with the Encore Award and Russell Aubrey who will be given the Keystone Award.About New Jersey Performing Arts Center: NJPAC is a world-class and community-based cultural venue, showcasing the best artists of national and international acclaim as well as top artists from the region. The New Jersey Performing Arts Center, in downtown Newark, New Jersey, United States, is one of the largest performing arts centers in the United States.For tickets please visit: http://www.njpac.org/ 1 Center Street, Newark, New Jersey 07102About KeyMedia Public Relations: KMPR is a New York City Based Public Relations and Production Company with a Focus on the Performing Arts, Health & Wellness and Non-Profits. Its founder, Denise Marsa, is a successful international recording artist and songwriter. For more information please visit www. keymediapublicrelations.com