Irena Popović

(Belgrade, 3rd September, 1977), studied composition in the Faculty of Music in Belgrade with Srđjan Hofman, and continued at the Mozarteum, in Salzburg, with Reinhardt Febel. She has written music for many jazz and improvised music festivals, worked as a vocalist and pianist, and is actively engaged in creating improvisational music within specific workshops with theatrical troupes. She has directed and organized concerts and events including the creation of a successful stage adaptation of Schoenberg‟s Pierrot lunaire, in 1998, in Belgrade, for the Composers Platform. She is the founder of the group Preradjivacka industrija muzickog materijala (music material processing industry), coordinating performers and composers who work in different environments and blending various forms of artistic expression, developing them into moving music-poetry theatre. Within her group, a special section is devoted to the growing vocal-cultural artistic society of women, with the title Oh, meine liebe Constanze, which cherishes and presents women‟s creativity. Her works include: MA TA for string orchestra (2002), Zmijski car koji je pojeo slona (Boa constrictor who ate an elephant) for symphony orchestra (2002), Tango for jungrau for za 12 instruments and a voice (2005), chamber opera Mozart, luster, lustik or ten pieces with singing similar to opera for narrator, two sopranos, chamber choir, chamber ensemble and rock band (2006), Dodole for voice, old instrument and chamber ensemble (2007), Music installation-opera for take-away Balkan Panic for voice and chamber ensemble (2006).