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Svjetlana Bukvich-Nichols

"One of the most interesting electronic writers around" (SoundWordSight), Svjetlana Bukvich grew up during the wildly active music scene in Sarajevo's eighties, with Arabian horses and four major religions at her doorstep. Integrating cutting-edge technology with tuning of her own design and her classical training, Bukvich has emerged as a unique figure on the New York music scene. Her works regularly involve top avant-garde, classical, jazz, and prog rock instrumentalists, weaving polymicrotonal sympho-rock tone poems with world jazz fusions, deconstructivist dance suites with musique concrète spirituals, and art-song with electronica in "ecstatic musical experiences" (New Music Connoisseur). As an artist with an exceptionally wide range and a passion for innovation, Bukvich has appeared in numerous new music venues in the US and internationally, including Beijing, London, Johannesburg, and Copenhagen. She is featured in the book In Her Own Words - Conversations with Composers in the United States along with twenty-five contemporary women composers, including Meredith Monk, Joan Tower, Pamela Z, and Pauline Oliveros.

Her score Interior Designs, commissioned by the Carolyn Dorfman Dance, was listed as one of the top ten dance events of 2013 (The Star-Ledger) and has received the New Music USA, 2013 Live Music for Dance award. Bukvich is the 2013 New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellow in Music/Sound, and has enjoyed support from diverse institutions, such as the Soros Foundation, ASCAP, the American Composers Forum, the Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue at Harvard University, GENERATE: The Frances Richard Fund for Innovative Artists of Promise, and USArtists International. She wrote, arranged, and produced EVOLUTION, hailed as "astounding" and "mind expanding" (babysue), mixed by the Grammy-award winning team David Frost and Tom Lazarus, and released in April 2014 on PARMA's Big Round Records. Bukvich's music has been broadcast on Voice of America, American Music Center's Counterstream Radio, WQXR's Q2Music in NY, John Schaefer's New Sounds on WNYC, New York's MNN Public TV, Australian SBS Radio, WOMR out of Provincetown, MA, WTUL out of New Orleans, LA, KALW out of San Francisco, CA, KXUA out of Fayettewille, AR, WMBR out of Cambridge, MA, WCBN out of Ann Arbor, MI, WWFM out of West Windsor, NJ, KALX and KPFA out of Berkeley, CA, and Marvin Rosen's Classical Discoveries out or Princeton, NJ.

Recent activities include new commissions from the Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company and Jeanette Stoner and Dancers, performances at the Bickford Theater in NJ, Alvin Ailey City Center, National Theater in Sarajevo, and solo shows at Roulette and the Cutting Room in NYC. Bukvich is a board member of the American Festival of Microtonal Music and is an honoree in 2014 Selected Honors, Awards & Achievements in ASCAP Concert Music. She writes a new music and art column in Modern Diplomacy International. For more information, please visit