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Petar Jovanov : Associate Artist

In my music there is a sense of viciousness, excitement, and kinetic quality that is created from dissonant harmonies contrasted with eccentric ideas, and convulsive rhythms. These musical principles are inspired from multi-medial elements that work through a visual cyclic sound process to ultimately enrich my sonic creativity.

Photo of Petar Jovanov

Photo: Bebi Zekirovski

Artist website: http://www.petarjovanov.com

Petar Jovanov was born in the city of Bitola, Macedonia, and migrated to Sydney Australia at the age of seven. At eleven years of age he developed a passionate interest in music and learned to play the piano and clarinet, upon which he started taking music lessons, and was classically trained on the piano. During his secondary education he studied music and discovered that he had a strong desire towards composition.

Jovanov holds a DCA (Doctor of Creative Arts) and a BMus Hons. (Bachelor of Music Honours) degree from Western Sydney University. His compositional craft operates with a cross- cultural aesthetic that is strongly influenced from Macedonian folk music, and infused with 21st century contemporary music techniques. His aesthetic is further embellished through the employment of Southeast Asian sonic resonances, dissonance, eccentric figures, and convulsive rhythms resulting in a style that has ferocious excitement and a kinetic quality. Furthermore, Petar's craft is exploited through multi-media elements that operate on a visual cyclic sound process, thus enriching his sonic creativity.

In 2013 Jovanov represented Australia with his composition Strange Ways (2013) as young composer at the 31st Asian Composers League Festival which was held in Singapore.

In 2013 Petar also composed an original film-score for the short film The Water Vessel (dir. Iqbal Barkat, 2013). This film was an official selection for the 2014 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. It also won an award of merit at The Indie Fest in 2013.

In 2016 Jovanov was accepted into the 'Summer Composition Intensive Program' at St Mary's College - University of Notre Dame South Bend, Indiana. Also in 2016, he was awarded a four-week artist residency at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Centre for the Arts in Nebraska. His work Yearning (2015) for violin and cello, was selected by the London music label RMN Classical for inclusion in the upcoming release titled "Contemporary Collection Vol. 4." Jovanov's piece One Day in Bitola (2016) for orchestra was also selected by ABLAZE Records to be recorded in June 2017 by the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra in the Czech Republic. The composition will be featured on the album Orchestral Masters Volume 5.

Petar Jovanov — current to February 2018