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KODJABASHIA, NIKOLA - Explosion of a Memory

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: ReR Megacorp ReR NK3
Release Year: 2010
Note: Four works as a homage to the works of JAMES JOYCE, HEINER MÜLLER & VALERE NOVARINA; performed by the Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra with help by CHRIS CUTLER and others
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"Performed by the Macedonian Symphony Orchestra with Balkan electro legend Kiril Dzajkovski, Chris Cutler (percussion), Nikola Kodjbashia (prepared piano), Patric Driver and Valere Novarina (readers). Text fragments are by Heiner Muller and Valere Novarina.

A four-dimensional explosion in which stretches of Baroque, folk themes and Byzantine liturgy exist contemporaneously with modern and post-modern materials - much as strata emerge where tectonic plates fold one time over another – settling eventually into long, beautiful, tonal stretches, lighter than air, that drift and attenuate to reveal, dreamily, the old simplicities. Immersive, timeless and unmistakably new, this music respects but definitively breaks with existing schools to explore instead its own geographically unique influences and contradictions.

‘Explosion of a Memory’ is a homage to my literary heroes: James Joyce, Heiner Muller, Valere Novarina, William Gibson, Euripides and Colin Teevan; it’s also a deeply personal epic about the complex relationship between childhood myths, history and perpetual homecoming’. NK

NIKOLA KODJABASHIA is one of the Balkan’s most respected and award winning composers. Born into a musical family in Skopje in 1970, he pursued his compositional studies with Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Anatol Vieru, György Kurtág, and Rolf Gehlhaar. In the UK, he has scored and conducted music for numerous plays, including Sir Peter Hall’s Bacchae at the National Theatre, Walter Meieryohann’s Internationally acclaimed Kafka’s Monkey at London’s Young Vic, Wedding Day of the Cromagnons for the Soho Theatre, Helter Skelter/Land of the Dead and Monsier Ibrahim and the flowers of the Qu’ran for the Bush Theatre, and Jonathan Kent’s award winning Hecuba at the Donmar warehouse, Covent Garden. He is responsible for the music and sound-design for various BBC TV documentaries and his film compositions include Damianovski’s Dance with Me and Green Pages (Chicago Film Festival Award, UK première at Glastonbury Film stage, 2007).

His earlier ReR release, ‘Reveries of the Solitary Walker’ was hailed by John Walters in The Guardian as “…probably the best record of the year”." [full label press release]