RAM is pleased to announce that Croatian composer Ivan Božičević is the winner of the 2018 Call for Scores. His winning work, Shaken from a crane’s bill for clarinet, violin, and piano will be performed on the final show of the 7th Annual Queens New Music Festival on May 20, 2018, 5:00pm by RAM Players Maya Bennardo, Thomas Piercy, and Marija Ilic. This work reflects on the poetry of Dôgen Kigen, founder of the Japanese Sôto school of Zen.
Also, RAM would like to recognize two honorable mentions from the call:
Serbian composer Mira Milosavljević’s Akt and Chinese composer Mao Zhu‘s The Red of Juli. These works will be considered for future RAM programs. Our annual Call for Scores is anonymous, scores only, and open to all who care to enter. Many thanks to the many who entered this year, you made our job difficult!
About Ivan Božičević
Ivan Božičević is a composer, organist, pianist, arranger and jazz musician in Split, Croatia. His creative output encompasses four symphonic compositions, orchestral, chamber, choral and solo works as well as numerous electronic compositions. He is interested in a variety of genres (early and baroque, electronic, jazz, world music) and the possibility of “cross-fertilizations“ between those genres, always aiming for the stylistic amalgamation on a deeper level.
His works have been performed throughout Europe and the USA and he has won several awards and special prizes. His works have appeared on 16 commercial CD releases in the USA, Great Britain, Croatia and Serbia, and are printed in the USA (Walton Publishing, ECS Publishing, Abundant Silence Publishing, Manhattan Beach Music) and Germany (Schott).
Ivan was born in Belgrade, Serbia, where he earned a master’s degree in composition at the Faculty of Music. He also studied organ at the Hochschule für Musik in Frankfurt, acquiring a broad repertoire with an emphasis on baroque and modern music. Ivan specialized in early organ music in Salamanca and gave many successful organ recitals in Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Switzerland, Spain and Serbia.
Until 2001 Ivan taught Harmony, Counterpoint and Analysis at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade and at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad. He then moved to Split and widened his music activity to include other genres – jazz, theatre and pop music. Ivan runs a jazz-band SplitMinders, whose repertoire is based on originals and arrangements of dalmatian folk songs. He is also a founding member of Split Society of New Music and its ensemble, Splithesis.