Jovana Backović

(Belgrade, 1980) composer and vocalist, studied in the Faculty of Music in Belgrade. During her student years she created works for chamber ensembles, including the frequently performed string quintet, Basic moods, and a Concertino for piano and orchestra. As a professional vocalist, she performs Latin American music and jazz. She is now resident in Great Britain, following Ph.D. studies in electro acoustic music at East Anglia University. She is well known to the general public for the Arhai project, in which she worked with many different musicians, performing in international festivals, reflecting the variety of her musical interests including the artistic transposition of traditional Balkans music. A classical flute, violoncello and piano bring together an environmental quality of sound, while percussion, drums, electric and bass guitars modernize music that was initially acoustic. Her Cd Misterion (PGP 2006) is the first result of this work and is considered world fusion.

Karin Bachner

(born and resident in Austria). She studied jazz vocals at Anton Bruckner University in Linz with Elfi Aichinger and Leila Thigpen. She has attended master classes with Norma Winstone, Ines Reiger, Kevin Mahogany, Noelle Turner and Gerhard Kahry. Her work encompasses vocals in the jazz, gospel and soul genres as well as composing and arranging for jazz vocals and gospel music. She also teaches voices and is active as a choir director ( in the provincial music schhol system of Upper Austria.)Special projects include: Spotlight on Ella Fitzgerald with the Robert Bachner Big Band and the Wűrzburg Jazz Orchestra, and Winter Wonder Jazz featuring Richard Oesterreicher. Her CD debut was Spring is on the Way with the Karin Bachner Quartet.  2007 saw guest performances in Luxemburg (L’inoui), Germany (Austrian Cultural Forum Berlin, Jazztage Görlitz (Görlitz Jazz Days) and the Netherlands (Jazz in Duketown)
Releases: Spring is on the Way (CD,2006);Moments of Noise with the Robert Bachner Big Band (CD, 2007);Spotlight on Ella Fitzgerald with the Robert Bachner Big Band (CD, 2007)
Ensembles: Karin Bachner Quartet,Robert Bachner Big BandUnitedVoicesJazz&PopChoir (as director)
Performances: Austrian Cultural Forum Berlin Jazztage Görlitz (D)Jazz Fest Vienna;
Awards:  Jazz Fest Vienna Vocal Award, 2006


Karin Burwick

(born 1969, resident /Södermanland/Sweden) is a Swedish composer.
Selected works: A sally, 1993, for 4 fl; Vårkänning, 1989, for solo fl; Konfrontation, 1988, for fl, vlc or pf; Midsommarvisa, 1990, for orch – 1121 1120 00 0 str, sax-a; På glänt, 1993 for orch – 2021 0221 12 0 str, 2chit – el, chit-b-el, 2 pf: Ja visst gör det ont, 1987, for V, pf, lyrics Karin Boye; Solitaria, 1989, for Mzs, pf, lyrics Karin Burwick; Som en kattunge, 1990, for V sax-a, pf, lyrics Karin Burwick; Höst-skimmer, 1989-1990, for mixed Coro; Fall, 2001, for mixed Coro.
Publications direction: Available at Svensk Musik/Swedmic AB