for ensemble (2021) 15′
The title of Mirela Ivičević’s »Heart Core« describes the focus of her interest in the composition process, namely, how and in what way the instruments can meet each other half way. It is about an encounter in a shared inner space. Drawing from her extensive collaboration with the Black Page Orchestra, the composer works out nuanced imitations and approaches for the instruments of the LUX:NM ensemble, capturing each of their typical sound qualities and characteristic playing styles and allowing them to resonate newly translated.
Mirela Ivičević (b. in Split, Croatia) explores the subversive potential of sound in her work. She brings fragments of reality into a surreal acoustic world, usually leading to a patchwork of rapid shifts and surprising twists accompanied by distorted apparitions of post-Yugoslavian reality, blocks of noise and traces of trip-hop pop. She studied composition at the Academy of Music in Zagreb and the University of Music and the Performing Arts Graz with Beat Furrer, and media composition at the mdw – University of Music and the Performing Arts Vienna. Among other awards, she was a guest of the DAAD Artists-in-Residence Program. Since 2010 she has been co-curator of the festival Dani Nove Glazbe Split in Croatia. She is co-founder of the Black Page Orchestra, an ensemble for radical and uncompromising contemporary music, and currently lives in Vienna.