Aleksandra Vrebalov, the US-Serbian composer renowned for collaborations with Kronos Quartet, David Krakauer, or Bill Morrison, has joined Composers Edition. CE will initially publish a total of eleven works, ranging from compositions for solo instruments, chamber works as well as larger pieces for a symphonic orchestra. Feel free to explore the catalogue here.
“I am delighted to join the roster of exciting, diverse composers at the Composers Edition, and look forward to the future blossoming of the transatlantic connections for both myself and the CE,” says the award-winning composers whose piece The Sea Ranch Songs has just been nominated to the Grammy Award. You can browse through the score below.
Aleksandra Vrebalov was born in Novi Sad, then-Yugoslavia, where she completed her bachelor’s degree in composition. In 1995, Vrebalov moved to the United States to pursue a master’s degree at the San Francisco Conservatory, where she studied with Elinor Armer, and earned a doctorate in composition at the University of Michigan, where her teachers were Evan Chambers and Michael Daugherty.
Vrebalov’s more than 70 works – ranging from concert music and opera to music for modern dance and film – have been performed by the Kronos Quartet, the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, Serbian National Theater, Rambert Dance, Jorge Caballero, the Sausalito Quartet, ETHEL, Dusan Tynek Dance Company, Ijsbreker, Moravian Philharmonic, Belgrade Philharmonic, and Providence Festival Ballet, among others. Her works have been recorded for Nonesuch, Innova, Centaur Records, Vienna Modern Masters, and Ikarus Films.
Her string quartet …hold me, neighbor, in this storm… was written for and recorded by the Kronos Quartet for the album Floodplain. Her Pannonia Boundless,also for Kronos, was published by Boosey & Hawkes as part of “The Kronos Collection, Vol. I” and was recorded for the album Kronos Caravan. Her Kronos commission Babylon, Our Own, a quintet with clarinetist David Krakauer, premiered in 2011. Vrebalov’s collaborative work with director Bill Morrison, Beyond Zero: 1914 – 1918, was commissioned and premiered by Kronos at Berkeley’s Cal Performances in April 2014, and received its European premiere at the Edinburgh International Festival. Her most recent commissioned work for Kronos includes The Sea Ranch Songs for string quartet with film by Andrew Lyndon, which premiered in May 2015, and Cosmic Love I, one of six one-minute works premiered in June 2015 to celebrate Terry Riley’s 80th birthday. Her piece for Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire, one of fifty works designed to guide young amateur and early-career professional string quartets in developing and honing the skills required for the performance of 21st-century repertoire, was premiered by Kronos in Carnegie Hall in April 2016.
Aleksandra’s recent collaborations include 10,000 Things, co-written with composer John King, that opened the Belgrade Philharmonic season this September in a sold-out performance with Daniel Raiskin conducting.
Beyond Zero: 1914-1918, an experimental film by Bill Morrison made after her 40 minute score, commissioned by Kronos Quartet for the centennial of World War I, was shown at the Berlin’s Doku.Arts Festival earlier in October.
On September 30, Cantaloupe released The Sea Ranch Songs, performed by Kronos Quartet, with art/experimental film by Andrew Lyndon. The piece opened as #10 on Billboard Classical, and was picked as the album of the week on New York’s WQXR in October. The live performance of the entire CD in San Francisco’s Exploratorium on September 15, with Kronos Quartet, was also sold out.
On October 27, violist Sasha Mirkovic gave the world premiere of Spell no. 7 at the Belgrade City Hall, work inspired by Bach’s Cello Suite No. 5.
The world-renowned Rambert Dance company performed Aleksandra’s Hydrargyrum, choreographed by Patricia Okenwa at Sadler’s Wells on November 7 and 8, as part of the Rambert 90th Anniversary programme of specially commissioned work from a new generation of dance-makers, explores themes of capitalism, migration, identity, society, and art. More information here.
Have a listen to Beyond Zero performed by the Kronos Quartet below.
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