He is also an accomplished composer who has focused primarily on compositions for his own use and that of other percussion soloists. Ilijas ee-lee-jahs is a small town in Bosnia part of the former Yugoslav Republic. The name is used to make reference to the folk music found in this area. Zivkovic apparently did not use any folk material in the music, but does make use of the unusual scales and rhythms found there.
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He has written two concertos for marimba and various other pieces, mainly for marimba, but also for assortments of unpitched percussion. Zivkovic his name is pronounced Ne-boy-sha Yovan Zhiv-ko-vich is the soloist in nine of his compositions and the only performer on seven of those pieces.
All nine were written between and The opening number, Ultimatum II, is for marimba duet, and includes as guest artist Benjamin Toth , an American who is the director of the percussion program at the University of Hartford. Toth and Zivkovic are joined by Fernando Meza , head of percussion studies at the University of Minnesota, for the other multi-player piece, Trio per uno. One piece, the astonishing The Castle of the Mad King, is a solo work for many percussion instruments.
The meditative Suomineito is for vibraphone, Der kleine Paganini is for xylophone, and the rest of the compositions Ilijas, Ein Liebeslied? All the music is tonal, though Zivkovic can launch off into momentary twelve-tone riffs for contrast or expression and often uses extended tonal chromaticism.
The listener might think that so much marimba sound on one disc would pall, but there are so many different textures and patterns in the marimba writing that this does not happen. The sound, produced and engineered by Siegbert Ernst in November , at the Zehntscheuer, Dagersheim, Germany, is spectacular. Track Listing.
Nebojsa Jovan Zivkovic: The Castle of the Mad King
Ilijas, for marimba
Kagamuro Hailed by the critics as one of the most unique and expressive marimba and percussion artists in the field today, Nebojsa Jovan Zivkovic has greatly influenced the international percussion scene during the last two decades — as both a masterful composer and virtuoso performer. He embodies a very rare tradition — that of combined composer and virtuoso, which was common mqrimba the 19th century. You must be logged in to add an item to your wishlist. Ilijas, for marimba Artists Only the best. The Castle of the Mad King.