Svetlana Savić

(Belgrade, 23rd January, 1971), composer and assistant in the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, obtained adegree and finished post-graduate studies in the same faculty with Srđan Hofman and Zoran Erić. While still a student her works were presented in the International Review of Composers in Belgrade; Klinički kvartet, Sirota tužna Don Huanova kći, Totemi, Pesme o zvezdama and Re-verzije (2004). Re-versions was commissioned by the BEMUS festival in 2004, while the D-versions was commissioned by the Viennese festival Elektronische Fruhlings in 2005. Pianist Neda Hofman and violoncellist Srđan Sretenović performed Pogled na predeo slikan čajem in Namibia and in South Africa. Svetlana Savić also writes for the theatre and often performs her own works. She has written articles on contemporary Serbian music and regularly participates in scholarly debates. Her works encompass symphonic, vocal, instrumental pieces, electronic music and composition for solo instruments. Amongst her better known works are Pogled na predeo slikan čajem, Quincunx, (Un)finished sympathy and Samarkand blues (2007).

Svetlana Spajić

(born in Loznica, Serbia, 19th August 1971), singer and composer. She has been researching and performing the ancient traditions of Serbian and Balkan a cappella singing and their unique vocal techniques and ornamentation since 1993. She has performed in several traditional groups, and has been leader of the group «Drina» since 1999. Apart from nurturing the traditional singing styles of the Serbian people, she also nurtures the traditional songs of other peoples from the Balkans. She performs both at home and abroad and has performed and worked with some of the greatest names of traditional music of the Balkans and the world. She has taken part in several albums: Drina «Live Water» (her own), Serbia: Sounds Global 1, 2 and 3, Extended Europe – Live from Vienna and others. The Svetlana Spajić Group is her new project with three young singers from Belgrade, where she is now based. They explore a wide range of songs and vocal styles, such as "cutting" singing from Bosnia, the "shaking" style of the mountain regions and the wildly oscillating harmonies of the groktalica style.

Contact: www.svetlanaspajic.com 

 

Sylvia Smejkalova

(born in 1974 in Ostrava, Czech Republic), composer. After studies at the Conservatoire in Ostrava she continued at the Prague Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, where she earned a Masters degrees in music composition and musical director. In 2001 the Herder scholarship on the basis of a graduate degree in electroacoustic composition class of Dietra Kaufmann, Universität für Musik und Kunst Wien Darstellende. In 2003 together with her fellow composer Michal Trnka she founded civil association "early reflections"for the promotion and operation of Czech and world music of XX century as well as contemporary music. Each year, she participates in projects with international participation. Selected projects will apply to domestic and foreign festivals (Festival Alternativa, Moscow; Der Film Festival, Prague). In the field of music direction she regularly cooperates with Czech National Symphony Orchestra, and the Japanese record label JVC Victoria Entertainment. Long term deals with incidental music and works for children (pantomime fairy tale "Brouhadka", It was not radio" created for the project Radioacoustica 2006). She has performed the implementation of music for graduation ceremonies of the University of Applied Arts in Prague 2008, and a number of projects for Galerie Havelka(Praha)
Selected works: Several projects in collaboration with visual artists: eg"signs above the tracks"for the project Anna Places Matouskova (Prague, Olomouc, New York); Komposition für rv for Rudolf Valenta (Berlin).
Awards: the 3rd prize for the song "Humanistische Apotheosis"for symphony orchestra, which was the 100th anniversary of the Berlin Humanist Association, which premiered in Berlin (2005).