Victoria JordanovaLos Angeles, CA
Victoria Jordanova is an American composer, harpist and media artist born in the former Yugoslavia. Jordanova melds experimental techniques, electronics and improvisation with her classical music education. “She has a tightly controlled focus to her work, a singularity of vision” (NewMusicBox Magazine, 2005). Much of Jordanova’s creative work is dedicated to harp, its performance practices and repertoire. Her 1997 album Dance to Sleep, featuring her new works for traditional harp with different electronic modules applied to each piece and published in CRI’s Emergency Music series, received critical acclaim “for having brought harp into the 21st century.” (Village Voice, New York, 1997) After her 1993 move from New York to San Francisco, Jordanova began to explore and use electronics as an intrinsic part of the composing process, establishing her own “sonic world.” In 2003 she founded ArpaViva Recordings, a Los Angeles based independent record label. As the label’s producer, Jordanova’s innovative and imaginative use of music technology in recording various composers’ music enables her “to create sound spaces and dimensions yet unexplored.” (Classique Info Disque, 2009) Victoria Jordanova holds Bachelor of Arts in harp performance, from Michigan State University and received her Masters of Arts in Musicology from New York University. She was awarded the French government fellowship for harp graduate studies with Jacqueline Borot, professor of harp at the Paris Conservatoire. While in Paris, Jordanova was an Artist-in-Residence at the Cité International des Arts. She, also, studied harp with Lily Laskine at the Conservatory of Nice and Vera Dulova at the Moscow Conservatory. Jordanova was awarded by the San Francisco Women’s Philharmonic “Contemporary Reading Sessions” for Short Attention Span Symphony in 1996, and received the San Francisco Arts Commission grant for music score and production of her multidisciplinary work Panopticon in 2003. In 2004 Jordanova was composer-in-residence at the Bogliasco Foundation Study Center in Genoa, Italy, where she worked on her “sound sculpture” Le Campane, published on Innova Recordings the same year. Recordings of Jordanova’s music were published by Composer’s Recordings Inc., Innova, and ArpaViva labels. Her music was included in The Composer-Performer 40 Years of Discovery, Composer’s Recordings Inc. 40th Anniversary Anthology of American Music in 1994. Her solo album, Requiem for Bosnia and Other Works, was selected as one of the 10 best classical recordings of the year by Tim Page in New York NewsDay in 1994. Jordanova wrote music for ensembles such as The California EAR Unit, Zeitgeist, Bang On The Can All Stars, Creative Voices, and CurvedAir, pianists Jenny Q Chai, Yuan Sheng and percussionist Amy Knoles. Jordanova’s composition Secret Life Of Beees scored for six electro-acoustic harps was premiered at the World Harp Congress in Dublin, Ireland, in 2005. With ArpaViva label Victoria Jordanova produced first ever published recording of John Cage’s Postcard From Heaven for 1-20 harps in 2007. Harp parts were played by Jordanova herself while Cage’s ossia vocal parts were performed by Pamela Z. ArpaViva releases also include DVD Panopticon, a film based on the live performance of the eponymous Jordanova piece, performed by Victoria Jordanova and California EAR Unit in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art ‘s Bing Theater, on November 25, 2002. Panopticon is an interdisciplinary piece exploring “surveillance society.” Performers include California EAR Unit, Victoria Jordanova, and Jeffery Atik. The film was directed by Relja Penezic. It was released in 2003 and distributed by Cinema Guild of New York. ArpaViva 2007 CD release, In a Landscape, features music by Cindy Cox, John Cage, Victoria Jordanova and George Rochberg performed by Jordanova on electric celtic and amplified pedal harp. Arpaviva 2010 CD release, New York Love Songs, named after song cycle composed by Jordanova, also includes pieces by Charles Ives, John Cage, Frederic Rzewski, Ashley Wang, and features pianist Jenny Q Chai. Victoria Jordanova resides in Los Angeles.
George Rochberg: Ukiyo-E (Pictures from the Floating World), performed by Victoria Jordanova
George Rochberg’s “Pictures from the Floating World” (1976) is considered one of the monuments of the harp literature. Jordanova uses an amplified harp for her interpretation of the piece.
Jordanova’s work Secret Life of Bees, (2005) was written for and premiered at The 9th World Harp Congress in Ireland. The first movement, “Swarm,” an essay in the classic “murmuring” techniques of bisbigliandi and trills is performed and recorded by Jordanova via multitracking.