Festival is opening in fantastic rhythm of percussion

4th International festival of chamber music Convivium Musicum will be opened on Tuesday, 14th March 2017, from 20h at the Great hall of the First Kragujevac Gymnasium. This year’s Festival begins with dynamic percussion rhythms. The intensity, greatness and beauty of the movement of rhythm and pulse will be presented to us by Belgrade percussionists. This attractive duo will discover to the Festival’s audience a fantastic dimension of percussion. With their skilful performance and selected program they will present percussion in a new light, as a solo instrument.

Belgrade percussionist members are prominent artists Srdjan Palackovic and Ivan Marjanovic. Srdjan Palackovic is an associate professor of percussion, chamber music and orchestral percussion studies at the Faculty of Music Art in Belgrade, professor of percussion at the Music High School “Isidor Bajic” in Novi Sad, associate professor of department of percussion at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad, and Montenegro Symphony Orchestra timpanist. Ivan Marijanovic is the external collaborator in chamber music at the Department of percussion at the music school “Stanković” in Belgrade, since 2000 permanent member of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra on the instrument percussion and solo timpanist of the orchestra since 2010, a member of the Ensemble for new music and timpanist of the orchestra Camerata Serbica.

Ensemble Belgrade percussionists will perform at the opening of the Festival the following program:

  • M.Markovich:
    • Only two
  • M.Markovich:
    • Raiders
  • N.J. Zivkovic:
    • Guilty souls
  • E. Séjourné
    • Losa
  • N. J. Zivkovic:
    • Trio for one (arr for duo)
  • M.Miki
    • Marimba spiritual

More about the ensemble Belgrade percussionists can be find out below:

Biography: Belgrade Percussionists Ensemble

2 beogradski perkusionistiBelgrade Percussionists Ensemble was created on the initiative of its members, Srdjan Palackovic (1968) and Ivan Marjanovic (1981), in 1997, from a desire to bring sounds of percussion instruments closer to the public, which in Serbia often has no opportunity to listen to these instruments as a soloist. This way the range of sounds by percussion instruments are presented to the audience not only as a rhythmic “mat”, “escort” or as good “sound effect”, but as an independent and self-sufficient music. Affirmation of percussion sound was contributed to by composers of the 20th century, which dedicated a number of solo opuses to these instruments. In addition, the rise in popularity of percussion with the audience is the logical consequence of a dynamic world in which we live today, where they represent the pulse of an entire time. A wide repertoire that Belgrade Percussionists nurture is based on the compositions of foreign and domestic authors, which in addition to interesting virtuosic effect, are rich with original musical and rhythmic solutions, as well as an unexpected range of dynamic capabilities of instruments and rich colors. A special place in the repertoire, of the course, is devoted to the arrangements of various known and recognized compositions from all epochs, which in the world of percussion instruments get new, unimagined dimensions. Ensemble Belgrade Percussionists performed in Serbia and abroad (Belgrade, Novi Sad, Nis, Subotica, Kragujevac, Kraljevo, Cacak, Zrenjanin, Banja Luka, Skopje, Podgorica, Kotor, Zabljak, Hasselt – St. Truiden – Belgium, Stockholm – Sweden). Ensemble has had multiple audio and video recordings for television and radio (TV Belgrade, TV Novi Sad, TVCG). They released a promotional CD and RTS filmed in 2001 the show “Journey of circle” about them, which was among the seven best in the category of music shows at the festival in Montreux, Switzerland in 2002. This show was presented at the festival in Prague as well as in Albena, Bulgaria where it won first prize. Belgrade Percussionists recorded remarkable results in 2001 at the International Competition for solo marimba and marimba duo in Belgium. Ensemble achieved successful cooperation with the piano duo Katarina and Aleksandar Sandorov, piano duo Lidija and Sanja Bizjak, piano duo Stenzl from Germany, Gereg piano duo and piano duo Belgrade (works of B. Bartok, L. Bernstein). They have performed at Bemus and NIMUS. In October 2004, they were guests in Stockholm, Sweden, at the invitation of the Swedish Royal Academy. That same month, with Belgrade Philharmonic, ensemble premiered “Prism Rhapsody II” by composer K. Abe for two marimbas and orchestra. In February 2007, accompanied by the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra they performed “Madrigal Concert” for two guitars H. Rodrigo in the arrangement for two marimbas. During 2009, 2010 and 2011 the duo had a significant number of concerts in Belgrade (Kolarac), Novi Sad (Vojvodina Museum) and Slovenia (Cultural Centre, Nova Gorica) with the works of M. Ravel, K. Helveg, A. Piazzola, N. J. Zivkovic, M. Miki and M. Markovic. In June 2012, they performed in the hall of the Student Cultural Centre in Belgrade, with works R.Bekam, J.S.Bach and N. J. Zivkovic. Within Musma project, duo performed at BEMUS 2012, with works O.Turkmen, D.Jaskot, I.Brkljacic, A.Sisojev and I.J.Skender. In April 2014, ensemble performed in Montenegro (Niksic) with works M.Markovic, A.Piazzola, N.J.Zivkoviic, N.Rosaur, R.Bekam and M.Miki