Jelena Dabić (1982, Serbia) studied music theory and composition at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad with Zoran Mulić. She attended numerous courses and seminars in composition working with Peter Michael Hamel (Hamburg), James Clarke (London), Pascal Dusapin (Paris), Frederik Durieux (Paris), Isabel Mundry (Zurich), Beat Furrer (Graz) and many others. In 2007/2008 she was assistant at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad teaching Traditional Performance at the Group for Ethnomusicological Studies. In 2008-2010 she studied at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich with professor Jan Müler-Wieland.
Her short opera SpiegelSpiel (The Mirror Game) was commissioned by the Munich Biennale (Festival of the New Music Theater) and performed at that festival. The piece Beethaphase for orchestra was performed at the opening of the Young Euro Classic Festival in Berlin (Southeastern Europe Orchestra, conductor: Heinrich Schiff). She frequently works with Marcio Schuster (saxophone) and Kana Omori (percussion), and composed a number of pieces for this duo. She lives and works in Berlin.
Varying Moods for alto saxophone and percussion
The piece was commissioned by the Mythos Duo (Marcio Schuster, saxophone and Kana Omori, percussion). Each of the five miniatures that make this piece represents a different psychological state or mood (restless, reflective, ecstatic, annoying, confident).