Ivan Elezović

Ivan Elezović (b. 1971, Serbia), Doctor of Musical Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, studied composition, music theory, and electronic music at the University of Manitoba, McGill University, and the University of Illinois working with Michael Matthews, Randolph Peters, Zack Settel, Alcides Lanza, Guy Garnett, Erik Lund, and Scott Wyatt. After receiving the Presser Award in 2001, he went to IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et de Coordination Acoustique/Musique) where he studied with Brian Ferneyhough and Marc-André Dalbavie. A year later, he was accepted at the Internationales Musikinstitut in Darmstadt, Germany working with Isabel Mundry, Tristan Murail, Robert HP Platz, and Valerio Sannicandro.

His compositional output ranges from acoustic to electroacoustic works including mixed media, and has been recognized by numerous competitions and festivals in North and South America, Australia, Europe, and Asia. Presently, Dr. Elezovic is an Associate Professor and Coordinator in Composition and Music Theory at Jackson State University. In addition, he is an Associate Professor as part of Multimedia Design program at the School of Computing at Union University in Belgrade, Serbia.

About the piece

Interruptive Clatters exploits and at the same time unifies various layers originated through extended cello techniques. The instrument features remarkable sonic potentials in which various timbral possibilities are exposed. In order to create sonically diverse environment, performer sometimes follows three separate lines in which each of those is part of complete and occasionally challenging and isolated outcome. This piece came as a product of winning the music prize organized by Mississippi Arts Commission which is focused on honoring American artists who demonstrate the ability to create exemplary work in their chosen field. At the same time, this piece was commissioned by the principal cellist of Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, Dr. Veronica Parrales.