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andreja andric
winter solstice
order reference:   
EWR 2116
andreja andric
anita tomasevich (piano)



audio excerpt:
►  december I (07:37)
►  december VI (07:22)

andreja andric (1973)
winter solstice december

1      I
2      II
3      III
4      IV
5      V
6      VI

7      meditations II (for two pianists)

anita tomasevich (piano)

about the recording
anita and i met for the first time in a music school. not long after, she became the first ever performer of my music. that was around the time when i was already for a couple of years an avid listener of music by stockhausen, cage, early philip glass and much other exciting music that we today refer to as the avantgarde. we walked together through unusual harmonies created from circles scattered on sheets of paper. it was a different sound world, outside of what we were learning in school.
thirty years later, we recorded this disc. the music and the world became very different in the meantime. in the six works con- stituting the december cycle we return, in a way, to basic elements of western music, and explore a single minor chord in each piece. the cycle starts with e-minor, continues with e-flat minor, and, through six consecutive pieces of music, ends with b-minor, by each step reaching a slightly darker sound color. each piece from the set explores all the possible rearrangements of six notes within a single minor chord spread over four octaves, creating natural interweaving of undulating melodic lines wit- hin the same chord. the chord, at a slow, steady pace, resounds in ever new colors.
the final, longest work on this disc, meditation (II), abandons traditional notation altogether to describe the music with words only - in a way looking further back into an imaginary past (or perhaps a possible future) where music is transmitted as an oral tradition, and where music-making is open to everyone. this work is a part of a larger series of meditative text scores, intended to imitate the spirit of nature rather than its actual appearance. the multiplicity of voices fits together in the same way as calls of different birds in a forest form an evolving soundscape, and as patterns of fallen leaves on a walkway create infinite tape- stries.
while december challenges the performer to patiently explore shades of tone color by working through gradual changes in the setting of one and the same chord, meditation (II) gives up a part of musical control, invites the performer and the listener to intuitively connect with their inner self, and insists on full presence in the moment. through their simple and austere, but infini- tely varied flow, these two works, here recorded on disc for the first time, seek to create new meditative sound spaces for our time and the future.
andreja andric

about the composer

andreja andric (born 1973) is a serbian composer and computer programmer, living in aarhus in denmark. he enjoys playful exploration of mathematical processes and chance and uses computer programming as key means of artistic expression. with a primary interest in composition and performance for and with his networked laptop/smartphone ensemble, he is also active in the areas of instrumental and vocal music, video and software art. his work has been performed on festivals such as world music days 2019 in tallinn, estonia, nycemf (new york city electroacoustic music festival 2021), and festival futura in crest, france (2018). holds a phd in music informatics from the state university of milan, italy.

about the performer

anita tomasevich is a freelance pianist, born and raised in belgrade and residing in cyprus. she has wide musical interests, from scarlatti and bach, to early romantic music of schubert and chopin, russian music of the 19th century and the contemporary repertoire. her performances are characterized by strong artistry, individualism, subtle sensibility for composer's style and an impressive stage presence. she is a laureate of international competitions, including first prize on città di tortona competition in italy. she studied at the music academy in novi sad (bmus, mmus) and royal conservatoire in den hague, and with renowned teachers such as jegor chugayev, svetlana bogino, yelena richter, lazar berman, györgy sandor, among others. in 2006 her career as a concert pianist was stopped by a spinal injury. after almost ten years of recovery, anita started performing again, both solo and chamber music with excellent reviews. as a chamber musician, anita forms a duo with the romanian violinist, residing in cyprus, sorin alexandru horlea. anita is the founder and artistic director of the avaton international music festival, which received international recognition.