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BOGDANOVIC, DUSAN

Dusan writes music which is simultaneously folkloric and visionary. He is adventurous and comprehensive in his influences. In Dusan's hands, classical forms such as the sonata are informed by music of West Africa or the Near and Middle East. With equal mastery, he may utilize rhythmic devices, modal scales and dense harmonies culled from his roots in the Balkans, yet his music always remains fresh, light and wholly contemporary. Mysterious Habitats presents a program of originals from a classical guitar performer of remarkable emotional and intellectual depth.

A richly gifted composer, improviser, and guitarist, Bogdanovic has explored musical languages which are reflected in his style today...a unique synthesis of classical, jazz, and ethnic music. As a soloist and in collaboration with other artists including the De Falla Trio, Bogdanovic has toured extensively throughout Europe, Asia, Japan, and the United States. Dusan Bogdanovic's recording credits include twelve albums, ranging from six Bach Trio Sonatas with harpsichord to original contemporary works. Among his most recent works are a ballet-poeme, Crow, commissioned by the Pacific Dance Company and Lyric Quartet, written for the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet.

Bogdanovic was born in Yugoslavia in 1955. He completed his studies of composition and orchestration at the Geneva Conservatory with Pierre Wissmer and Alberto Ginastera and guitar performance with Maria Luisa Sao Marcos. Early in his career he received the only First Prize at the Geneva Competition in 1975 and gave a highly acclaimed debut recital in Carnegie Hall in 1977. Presently engaged by the San Francisco Conservatory, Dusan Bogdanovic divides his time between teaching, composing, and concertizing.

QUOTES
"We, in fact, do not know any composer for guitar in the XXth century who can be compared to him." — Il Fronimo

"Profoundly original, the personality of Bogdanovic dares to reread the classics of the repertoire. It is simply that the palette of Bogdanovic is immense, with many colors, timbres, energies, nuances." — Tribune de Geneve

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