Victoria Jordanova: Dance to Sleep
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCR755     Release Date: 1997-01-01

Victoria Jordanova, harp, electronics; Laura Carmichael, clarinet

Raised in Belgrade when it was still the capital of Yugoslavia, [Victoria Jordanova] studied piano as a child, then took up the harp at age fifteen. From the beginning, she loved to improvise on any instrument she played, and these creative instincts were further excited in her late teens by her discovery of twentieth-century music...

When speaking with Jordanova, one cannot help but be swept up by her energy, her sense of adventure, and the purity of her artistic impulse. Like many women composers at this point in music history, her art develops out of an extremely intimate relationship with both her instrument and the actual sounds she lovingly shapes into personal meaning (I think of Meredith Monk’s extended vocals, Elizabeth Brown’s shakuhachi, Diamanda Galas, Pamela Z’s corporeal blend of voice/body/electronics, and Pauline Oliveros’s accordion). There is a vigorous yet non-doctrinaire feminism in her work, which enriches an already valid artistic product. Of course, hers is only one strand of the fabric of late-twentieth-century music, indeed only one of a myriad of approaches used by female composers, ranging from the most traditional to the avant-garde. But it is an important development. In Jordanova, many strands of culture are merging—aesthetic, experimental, technological, political—in a manner that could only be accomplished by an “outsider” who has been set free in an environment of maximum liberty (American society in San Francisco, at the end of the twentieth century). The fruits of that interface, the most recent station on her fascinating pilgrimage, are here for us to enjoy on this CD. —Robert Carl


This title, originally issued on the CRI label, is now available for order from New World Records as an on-demand CD (CD-R). It can also be downloaded in MP3/320, FLAC and/or WAV format(s).

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Victoria Jordanova: Dance to Sleep

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Track Listing

Modules for Harp & Electronics: I. Dance to Sleep
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Modules for Harp & Electronics: II. Birds
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Modules for Harp & Electronics: III. Inbetween
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Modules for Harp & Electronics: IV. Paddleboat
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Modules for Harp & Electronics: V. The Saw
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Modules for Harp & Electronics: VI. Static Jam
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Mute Dance
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