Svjetlana Bukvich piano, drum tracks, lyrics, narration, SFX, synthesizers and voice
Cornelius Dufallo violin
Tony Levin electric upright bass, electric bass, chapman stick
Mordy Ferber electric guitar
Susan Aquila electric violin viper
Nikola Radan alto flute
Leonardo Suarez Paz violin
Martha Mooke electric and acoustic viola
Ha-Yang Kim cello
Gareth Flowers trumpet
Tim Norris narration
Risto Bukvic voice
Todd Townsend french horn
Johnny Reinhard bassoon, bass bassoon
Mustafa Cengic narration
EVOLUTION, the debut release from composer and performer Svjetlana Bukvich on Big Round Records, showcases five original electro-acoustic compositions that incorporate elements of prog-rock, avant-garde, experimental, jazz and world music. Integrating cutting-edge technology with tuning of her own design and her deep classical roots, Bukvich’s hybrid sound tells stories of love, loss, trial and triumph in a bold yet sensuous style, breaking boundaries every step of the way.
For Bukvich, EVOLUTION represents a prism through which her life’s journeys intersect and flow outward into a new sonic possibility. It is a wonderful challenge to identify, and categorize her works. As an artist with exceptionally wide range, and a passion for innovation, Bukvich has evolved and continues to evolve within the progressive wave of contemporary music in New York City. Featuring renowned musicians from all over the world that are versed in many genres, including bassist Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel, King Crimson), guitarist Mordy Ferber (Michael Brecker, Miroslav Vitous), and electric violist Martha Mooke (Lou Reed) and infused with a potent dose of magic realism, EVOLUTION delivers a uniquely musical universe in which concert hall and club, urban and rural, sacred and secular, and political and anarchistic seamlessly connect.
EVOLUTION was mixed by the multiple Grammy award-winning team David Frost and Tom Lazarus.
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Svjetlana Bukvich first came to the attention of the European music world following her appearances as featured soloist with the Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra, performing Beethoven’s 1st Piano Concerto at the age of 16, and the following year with Edinburgh George Heriot’s Symphony Orchestra with the 2nd Concerto. Driven by a need to express beyond interpretation, Bukvich studied at the Music Academy – University of Sarajevo, where she earned degrees in Composition and Musicology. During this period she was invited to participate in the Intensive Composition Workshop in Groznjan, Istria, where she worked with some of the leading lights in European contemporary music.