Ivana Stefanović (1948) After graduation (Faculty of Music, Belgrade) she pursued advanced studies at IRCAM, Paris. She worked for Radio Television of Belgrade from 1966 until 1991. From 1985 she was the Editor of Sound Workshop of Drama Programme, and from 1989. Music Editor of Radio Belgrade 1. She was a lecturer at the Center for Womens Studies, and aalso engaged as: Cultural Projects Director at the Centre for Democracy Foundation (2001), Artistic Director of Bemus (2001–2006), State Secretary in the Ministry of Culture (2007–2008). Ivana Stefanović’s pieces were performed in many countries (across Europe, America and the Middle East) and at various festivals: Gaudeamus, BEMUS, Biennale Zagreb, Biennale Helsinki, Music Harvest (Denmark), Prix Italia.
Ivana Stefanovic is involved in fringe music areas, radiophony and composes for the theatre.
She published a book of prose Journey to Damascus (2002) and essays Music Made of Anything (2010).
She has won numerous national and international awards including: Stevan Mokranjac Award for the composition Unusual Scenes at the Homer’s Grave, Miloš Crnjanski Prize for the book Journey to Damascus, Sterija Prize for Scene Music, Jean-Antoine Triumph Variete Prize for radiophonic work, SLABBESZ (Austria) for the work Lacrimosa, International Review of Composers Award for the composition Four Night Notes, etc.
The composition Deep Do is dedicated to a bell. I am familiar with the story about it, but not with the actual bell itself. Its tone is Do, size 70/70 cm, and weight 150 kg. Even though it was commissioned for a certain temple, it roamed and ended up on a tower of a completely different church where it is located even to this day. Today, it is 204 years old. The composition uses sound recordings of bells from Bali, Tibet, Japan, Hilandar Monastery and many other places, but these documented sounds were electronically transformed using software and peripheral sound processors. Dragan Mitrić was my associate on this part of the project. The composition Deep Do is music written for electronic instruments and live performers. The idea behind it was to “upload” to the electronic part various additional music, quotations, segments, cut-ups, and to always make it live and never completely repetitive. Therefore, each performance is different.
Nebojša Ignjatović also participated on this work-in-progress piece, with whom I worked as a co-author on the variable part of the composition. This performance uses the lines from the poem “The Poor Rings his Bells” by Walter de la Mare, which also talks about a bell.
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