Ivan Vukosavljević’s brand new work arms Ensemble Klang with an array of deconstructed electric guitars, the ensemble reborn as prepared/tabletop/eBow guitarists. The Burning is a hypnotic and intense 45 minute long work that moves between the transformed guitars and Klang’s regular instruments. The work creates a sound environment, an architecture, through which the players navigate and interact.
The symbolism of the burning is multiple but singular, both destructive and transformative, it is both a metaphor for continuation and an ending. It is the echo of the burning past and burning of the past.
Often exploring extreme amplification, amplified instruments, improvisation, hybrid instruments and specific manners of playing, Ivan Vukosavljević is a Serbian composer based in The Netherlands. The Burning is commissioned by Gaudeamus and Ensemble Klang.
The album (LP + Digital)
The Burning will be released on vinyl and digital on 31 March 2023. You can pre-order your copy via Bandcamp.
- 5 Oct 2019, Orgelpark (Amsterdam)
- 9 Nov 2019, Le Guess Who? (Utrecht)
- 20 Dec 2019, Musical Utopias #2, Korzo (The Hague)
- 10 Sep 2022, Gaudeamus (Utrecht)
- 31 March 2023, Korzo (The Hague), ALBUM LAUNCH
"A scorching work [...] an ominous, majestic drone. [...] Here and there you think of the ambient guitar works of Brian Eno and Robert Fripp. Overtones roar through the room and scream for attention. Ivan Vukosavljevic has just delivered a true masterpiece."