Intensity, diversity and exciting changes are the main characteristics of his music. The key moment in his musical stories is not only emphasising contrasts but rather building bridges between them. Confronting the differences till they dance or burn together. Avant-garde or popular, tonality or atonality, genre or non-genre, underground or academic, program or abstract music, written score or improvisation - these are the extremes between which he moves easily. Using a polyglot musical language the composer weaves a thread through all these contrasts and introduces them to us with inspiring optimism.
His latest album is LIGHTNING (Claudio Records, 2013). LIGHTNING is not just a natural phenomena - it is a social one as well. It shows us most clearly how things work, and that is by principle of force. Not by consensus but by mere power. We see sparks everywhere: from atoms, microscopic sparks in synapses in our brain to social unrests and revolution. Is lightning a fight between the opposites, or rather a bridge between the two? Forces derived from differences drive a perpetual cycle of building and destruction, destruction and building. Are we just its fertilizer or can we controll our destructiveness? Can we command the lightning? How far can we go with our will?
VALSE BRUTAL (KUD France Preseren, March 2009). When a journalist, who had spent most of his career reporting from war time zones, was asked what his major experience from these places was, he answered it was getting rid of a big illusion. He has always travelled to his destinations with an indistinct notion that the situation would soon improve, that it was only a matter of time before the belligerent parties would realize the nonsensicality of their actions, or that everything must have been a consequence of a terrible misunderstanding... On the contrary. What he found out was that people simply don't want to stop the violence. Indeed - violence and wars were nothing but the everyday matters, like going to the grocery store or paying electricity bills.
Album SACRE DU TEMPS (Claudio Records, 2013) contains music for the dance performance choreographed by Edward Clug. Album has been originally released by Station Zuid in 2007. This is probably the most daring, energetic and sparkling performance by Clug so far. It's impossible to think of a phenomena more all-embracing then time itself, and at the same time so incomprehensible and uncatchable. Along the same line, dance and music are covering the same broad and slippery field, where time appears different with regard to who experiences it and what are all other events and circumstances that accompany it.
This is music for the film A LIFE IN SUITCASES directed by Peter Greenaway (Claudio Records, 2013, originally released by First Name Soundtracks, 2005). The album also covers the music for three other films which constitute The Tulse Luper Suitcases trilogy: The Moab Story (2003), Vaux to the See (2004) and From Sark to Finish (2005). They were screened at film festivals in Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Toronto, Montreal, Tribeca, Hong Kong etc.
STORIES FROM MAGATREA (Claudio Records, 2014, originally released by Falcata-Galia Recordings, US, in 1999). This work, like his former records, once again surprises us with its evocative pictures, ludistic power and erudite humour. The stories do not relate to any particular event, but refer to the work of Douglas Adams and his description of the most prosperous industry in the history of the mankind - production of whole planets to order. This giant industry has its headquarters on the planet Magatrea and it is run by engineers od human wishes. The stories, of course, take place wherever and whenever. They tell us about the interconnectedness of everyday events and illusiions, of God's mysterious ways, of different beliefs and similar wishes.
Album CURRENTS OF TIME(Recommended Records, London, 1991; re-release: Tone Casualties, Hollywood, 1998), set the foundation of his characteristic style. It features many musicians who found the common ground in exploration of uncharted territories of contemporary eclectic music and surpassing any precise definition of genre. Liberated from the narrow confines of a specific methodology, and using a great variety of instruments and sensibilities, he is able to stress the diverse aspects of music and take us to strong, almost visual expierences.
The second album, LA DOLCE VITA (FV, Ljubljana / Discordia, Willich, 1995), further radicalized the original objective. He concieved it and recorded it with DATA DIRECT, a group that unites Slovene, Italian and Yugoslav musicians, some of which already appeared on the album "Currents of Time". The musicians of DATA DIRECT stem from various musical areas: symphonic orchestra, ethereal folk music of the Balkans, techno, improvised muisic, "avant-garde rock"... Such surprising mixture of different approaches produces new meanings, fusing alternating musical relationships into intriguing and amply structured compositions.
Or as it says on the album cover: "The most thrilling thing is to discover and rediscover the shape and structure of chaos."
MUSIC FOR DANCE, FILM AND THEATRE (selected works):