Jasna Jovićević

(Belgrade, 14th June, 1976), saxophonist, flautist and composer currently professor of jazz saxophone, history and ensemble at the Nova Academy-European University in Belgrade. She received her B.A. from the composition and orchestration Music Academy in Budapest and an M.A. in composition from York University in Toronto. She also studied in Serbia, Brazil, USA and Austria and won grants to Veneto Jazz, Italy, Banff Centre, Canada, ArtsLink, New York City and the Djerassi, San Francisco Artist in Residency programmes. She has performed throughout Europe, USA and Canada in national and international festivals. Jovićević received first prize at the International Ethno Music Competition in Milan (Italy), second price at the International BalkanArt Festival- Ljubljana (Slovenia) and the third price in the Contest for the Best Jazz Composition organized by the Hungarian Jazz Federation. She was chosen to represent Serbia and Montenegro at the XII European Biennial of Young Artists in 2005. She has worked with some of the most renowned jazz and world music artists including Al Di Meola, Ray Anderson, Dave Young, Edgar Mayer, Kenny Aronoff, Benny Powell, Szakcsi Lakatos Bela and Olah Kalman. She active as a musician and composer in Toronto and has taught jazz saxophone and cultural studies at York University. Her debut album, in 2008, Invented Reality, was inspired by her traditional Balkan roots.