Jana Andreevska

Jana Andreevska (1967, Macedonia) holds a BA and a MA in Composition from the Faculty of Music in Skopje, Macedonia. Her education also includes numerous workshops with renowned composers in the Netherlands, Poland, USA and Macedonia.
Since 1995 she has been teaching composition, polyphonic composition, musical forms and analysis at the Faculty of Music in Skopje.
She has received research fellowships and given lectures at the Arizona State University in Tempe (USA), Academy of Music in Ljubljana (Slovenia), Royal Academy of Music in London (UK), Royal Conservatories in Liege and Mons (Belgium), Yasar University in Izmir (Turkey), University for Music and Perofrming Arts in Vienna (Austria), as well as series of extra-curricular lectures in her own country.
Her pieces have been performed and recorded by herself and many renowned soloists and ensembles in Macedonia and all over Europe and are available on CDs published by SOKOM, Dresdner Tage der zeitgenössischen Musik, Peer Music, Zefir Records.

Mandala for eight instruments (2015) is a piece originally written for an open ensemble formation.
In Sanskrit meaning circle, mandala is a spiritual and ritual symbol used for meditation, for establishing a sacred space through contemplation repeated to the point of saturation, in a process which represents a journey from the outer world to the internal sacral center.
The piece draws its basic material from the last one of the Three Dyadic Variations (2015) and further develops the previously set character, this time as a rich meditative eight-part polyphonic hocketus-like organum. The elaborate polyphony in which the voices keep intertwining and taking over melodic elements from each other, creates a context whose association keeps oscillating both on the very edge of the Renaissance and the complex polymodal structures. In this flow, the uniform character acquires its nuances through the changes of timbre and texture in, at times, a hypnotic process of circular repetition.