Ana Gnjatović

Ana Gnjatović, composer, collects and combines found items, works, concepts, and ideas that lend themselves to generalization, translation, interpretation, and sonorization. Her pieces have been performed throughout Europe, in Israel, Mexico, the USA, and Japan, and have been programmed at festivals such as the International Review of Composers, Wratislavia cantans, MusMA Festival, Festival de Wallonie, Culturescapes, MA/IN MAtera INtermedia, MUSLAB. She collaborated with ensembles Black Page Orchestra, Sentieri selvaggi, E-MEX, pre-art, soloists of the OENM, Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir, RTS Symphony Orchestra, among others.

She finished her studies of composition at the Faculty of Music of the University of Arts in Belgrade. She has attended various international masterclasses and workshops for composers. Ana Gnjatović is currently employed as an associate professor at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Kosovska Mitrovica. She is a lecturer in the interdisciplinary doctoral program Multimedia Arts at the University of Arts in Belgrade. In her recent artistic research, she explores the possibilities of extension of instrumental performance through electronics, speech, movement, and video.

About the piece

Forest Migrations (2022) for ensemble

Commissioned by the E-MEX Ensemble, made possible by generous support from the Kunststiftung NRW

In their attempt to run away from us, forests move upward and to the north. The movements are so slow that it takes a generation to notice them. I was building a large and quiet, slow-breathing world. It is a forest full of rustling sounds, cracks, sighs, full of muffled voices and distant stories told by those who have already moved away – upward and to the north. Or it could be a short piece about rapid destruction.