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Bukvich: Extension

By Corin Lee

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By Corin Lee, David Rozenblatt, Dorothy Lawson, ETHEL String Quartet, Janis, Joseph Brock, Kamala Sankaram, Kip Jones, Patrick Derivaz, Philip Hamilton, Ralph Farris, Raphael Saphra, Richard Viard, Samille Ganges, Susan Aquila, Svjetlana Bukvich, and Wylie Wirth. By Svjetlana Bukvich. Classical, Electronic. Classical. CD. Navona Records #NV6276. Published by Navona Records (NX.NV6276).

Item Number: NX.NV6276

Navona Records presents European/American composer Svjetlana Bukvich's latest masterpiece: EXTENSION, a multifaceted collection of pieces that use technology, music, and the motions of dance to both deconstruct and reimagine ideas of genre and cultural division. In EXTENSION, listeners traverse ten innovative pieces that are both deeply personal and universal. Bukvich describes herself as aiming for a "no-genre-borderless-flow" with her music and, on a larger scale, in the structures of human society. Indeed, she captures that spirit immensely: hybridizing musical languages from American minimalism, art and progressive rock, and German classicism, to Italian polyphony, Russian romanticism, jazz, and ethnic idioms, she creates a cinematic, 'fictocritical' sound that is entirely unique but at once familiar. From the opening whispers of the electric violin in The Beginning to the evocative title track Extension which mingles both voice and synth, the album is a sweeping conversation between the natural and technological, the language of sound and the language of numbers. The piece Once You Are Not a Stranger appears in three iterations: instrumentally, vocally, and as an orchestral reprise. The meditative return of the piece emphasizes the expression of its title -- in the acceptance of profound loss and the redemptive possibilities that extend out of it, there is no division, and no one is a stranger. The composer herself knows the world's need for connection all too well -- her past includes an escape from her home in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina in the midst of the Civil War before finding her way to America where she continued her pursuits in media arts. In her youth Bukvich has lived in Ethiopia and Scotland, experiences which also influenced her sonic ideas. EXTENSION offers an opportunity for reconnection through dismantling, rebuilding, and exploring concepts of time, style, and musical history.

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