From Innova comes Reflections by Ana Mil…
From Innova comes Reflections by Ana Milosavljevic
About this album, Innova tells us,
“At home in Eastern Europe and New York City, Ana Milosavljevic (aka ANA) is a musical dual citizen. Reflections features her broad talents as violinist, composer, and commissioner of new works — all by women with at least one foot in both regions.
Ana has been acclaimed by The Strad as “an imaginative artist willing to think big” and by New Music Connoisseur as a “virtuoso performer” with “a wonderful mix of technique, sensitivity and passion”. This multi-talented Serbian native and Manhattan-based artist has performed stunningly from Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, to Cornelia Street Café, and many points in between.
She is a pioneer at fusing elements of traditional Balkan music with other imagined soundworlds, often in collaboration with dance, theater, or visual projections. The music is colorful, sensual, edgy, and spiritual, often all at once. In addition to two of her own works, the CD includes works written for her by some of the more boundary-blurring composers around. From Serbian songs to a Belgrade soundscape, Buddhist chant to a bull-roarer, a dervish monastery to a New York dance club, artists with roots in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Croatia will take you on a guided tour of the new geography.
“REFLECTIONS represents my dual musical citizenship through the sonic experiences of my native Serbia and my current hometown New York. Each work results from collaborations with dance and visual artists, composers, performers, and technicians who’ve made similar journeys. We consider our artistic creations platforms for processing and making sense of our life changes, bridging the old and the new as we move from one location to another.
“The CD title refers to both the mental act of reflection — of contemplation, meditation, self-discovery — and the physical act of reflection, what you reflect out to the world after having taken it in. Through this music I aim to reflect and to share thrilling and unforgettable moments of love, happiness, sadness, regrets and no-regrets, hope, peace, harmony, and gratitude, and, most importantly, how I came to find my home in my heart.” — ANA
From her own web site,
“Ana has fostered numerous multimedia collaborations, bringing music together with live dance, the spoken word, electronic sounds, natural sounds, film and visual arts. A native of Serbia, Ana’s work unites her Eastern European roots with the New York new music scene. Her music has been premiered at Carnegie Hall and Off-Broadway, and has been choreographed by Takehiro Ueyama (TAKE Dance).
One of New York’s most in-demand violinists, Ana has premiered and recorded works —some written especially for her — by such renowned composers as John Adams, Chen Yi, Tania León, Eve Beglarian, Aleksandra Vrebalov, Svjetlana Bukvich-Nichols, John Eaton, Katarina Miljkovic, Ljubica Maric, Neil Rolnick, Milica Paranosic, Milos Raickovich, and Gian Carlo Menotti, to name a few. Ana has been granted awards from Artists International Presentations, Inc., New York Women Composers, Inc., the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
She has given solo recitals at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, the Kennedy Center, Kolarac Concert Hall, Belgrade Philharmonic Hall, and The TimesCenter, among other venues, and appeared at major festivals, including Spoleto in Italy, Aspen, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, the American Festival of Microtonal Music, 2008 Beijing International Congress on Women in Music in China, Music With a View @ The Flea, ASCAP’s Thru the Walls showcase series, and Composers Collaborative’s Serial Underground at New York’s landmark Cornelia Street Café. Ana serves on the violin faculty of Mannes College The New School for Music, and can be heard on the Albany, Chandos, Innova, Pitch, and Neos Classics labels.”