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BIO

 

Borut Krzisnik (1961, Zagreb) is a Slovenian composer of contemporary music, based in Ljubljana. Born into a family of diplomats, he moved frequently during his childhood, both within former Yugoslavia and abroad, before finally settling in Ljubljana. Living among different nationalities and experiencing different mentalities helped form his understanding of diversity, something which certainly contributed to his broad approach to music. He played piano as a child, eventually switching to guitar and building up his unique way of composing. He graduated in Psychology from the University of Ljubljana, but devoted himself to music.

He released seven albums: LIGHTNING (Claudio Records, 2013), VALSE BRUTAL (Claudio Records, 2014, KUD France Prešeren, 2009), SACRE DU TEMPS (Claudio Records, 2013, Station Zuid, 2007), A LIFE IN SUITCASES (Claudio Records, 2012, First Name Soundtracks, 2006), STORIES FROM MAGATREA (Claudio Records,2014, KUD France Prešeren, 1997, US's release: Falcata-Galia Recordings, 1999), LA DOLCE VITA (Claudio Records, 2014, FV, Ljubljana/Discordia, Willich, 1995) and CURRENTS OF TIME (Claudio Records, 2012, Recommended Records, London, 1991; re-release: Tone Casualties, Hollywood, 1998).

Music of Borut Krzisnik is used for a great number of film, dance, theatre and other productions. He wrote a score for Peter Greenaway's film trilogy Tulse Luper Suitcases and its integral version A Life in Suitcases. They were screened at almost all important film festivals (Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Rotterdam, Tribeca, Toronto, Montreal, Chicago, Philadelphia, Hong Kong, Edinburgh and many others). He has also joined Greenaway at Gold – 92 bars in the broken car (theatre play, Schauspiel Frankfurt), The Reitdiep Journeys (documentary), Grand Terp (complex site specific installation, Groningen), Map to Paradise (exhibition, Ljubljana) and some others.

One of the best examples of happy marriage between his music and visuals are theatre performances conceived and directed by American-Brasilian director Gerald Thomas: Nietzsche Contra Wagner (SESC, Sao Paulo, 2000) and Anchorpectoris – United States of the Mind (La MaMa, New York, 2004). His music served as one of the cores in Thomas’ “absolute theater”, driving and fusing various theatre languages, from "traditional" theatre, ballet and opera to physical theatre.

Among his works for dance, the most outstanding collaboration is with internationally acclaimed Romanian born choreographer Edward Clug. They join forces in Sacre du Temps (Tilburg, 2007), Skitzen (Graz, 2010), Divine Comedy (BITEF, 2011), Songs for the mating season - Hommage a Stravinsky (SNG Maribor, 2012. These inspiring performances draw their energy both from classical ballet and contemporary dance.

Very important were his numerous collaborations with Slovenian director Emil Hrvatin and British director Julie-Anne Robinson, best known for Blackpool. Although different, they have in common their characteristic synthesis of strong, revealing concept and bold interpretation. They are continuously present on European stages with culminations in Picollo Teatro in Milan, Bush Theatre and Royal National Theatre in London.

Recently, apart from his albums, he devoted himself to contemporary dance projects. He colaborated with Thomas Noone, Natalia Horecna, Ana Lujan Sanchez, Josh Beamish, Virpi Pahkinen and Gyula Berger, Bojan Jablanovec, Borghesia and Laibach.

Krzisnik won Vesna prize for best music at Slovenian Film festival in 2008 (film Landscape No2) and 1st prize at the Napoli Danza Festival (Labyrinth).

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

ALBUMS
 

- Lightning - Claudio Records, UK, 2013

- Valse Brutal - Claudio Records, UK, 2014 (KUD France Preseren, Ljubljana, 2009)

- Sacre du Temps - Claudio Records, UK, 2013 (Station Zuid, Tilburg, 2007)

- A Life in Suitcases - Claudio Records, UK, 2012 (First Name Soundtracks, London, 2006; KUD France Preseren, Ljubljana, 2005)

- Stories from Magatrea - Claudio Records, UK, 2014 (KUD France Preseren, Ljubljana, 1997, US release:  Falcata - Galia Recording, Rialto, 1999 )

- La Dolce Vita - Claudio Records, UK, 2015 (FV Ljubljana, 1995; Discordia, Wilich, Germany, 1995)

- Currents of Time - Claudio Records, UK, 2014 (Recommended Records, London 1991, US release: Tone Casualties , Hollywood, 1998 )

 
 
 
COMPILATIONS
 

- Dancing/Listening - Unknown Public, London, 2003

- Trans Slovenia Express Vol.1 – Dallas, Ljubljana, 1994

 

 
 
PERFORMED WORKS
 

- Love Song No.1 - Symphonic Orchestra of Slovenian Philharmony,  conductor: Marko Letonja, Cankarjev dom, 1998

- Questions - Enzo Fabiani string quartet, ŠKUC, 1997

- Fire - electronic performance, Narodni dom Maribor, 2007

 

 
 
MUSIC FOR DANCE
 

- The Death That Best Preserves - music for contemporary dance, choreography: Natalia Horecna, The Royal Danish Theatre, Kobenhavn, 2015
- Waltz Epoca (Restless Creature) – music for contemporary dance, choreography: Joshua Beamish, New York, 2014
-Catch– music for contemporary dance, choreography: Ana Lujan Sanchez, Phoenix Dance Theatre, Leeds, 2012
-Songs for the mating season (Hommage a Stravinsky)– music for contemporary dance, choreography: Edward Clug, SNG Maribor, 2012
- Korona – music for contemporary dance, choreography: Virpi Pahkinen, Finish National Opera and Ballet, Helsinki, 2011
- Divine Comedy – music for contemporary dance,choreography: Edward Clug, Bitef teatar in Budva grad teatar, 2011
- State celebration for the Independence day – music for contemporary dance, choreography: Edward Clug, Cankarjev dom, 2011
- Glitch – music for contemporary dance, choreography: Thomas Noone, Thomas Noone Dance, Barcelona, 2010orary dance, choreography: Edward Clug, Opera Graz.2010
- Les Oiseaux – sodobni ples, koreografija: Josh Beamish, Universitiy of Missouri, Kansas City, 2010
- The Merry Metronomes – music for contemporary dance, choreography: Gyula Berger, Zero Balet, Budimpešta, 2010
- The Tragedy of Maria Macabre – sodobni ples, koreografija: Rechel Klein, New York, 2010 (ena skladba)
- Proximity Spiral – sodobni ples, koreografija: Stefanie Nelson, Stefanie Nelson Dancegroup, 2010 (3 compositions)
- The Tragedy of Maria Macabre – sodobni ples, koreografija: Rechel Klein, New York, 2010 (1 composition)
- Sacre du Temps – dance, choreography: Edward Clug, Station Zuid, 2007
- File not Found – ballet work, choreography: Massimiliano Volpini, Bienale Zagreb, 2005
- I still don’t know – ballet work, choreography: Isabelle Kralj, SNG Opera and ballet Ljubljana, 2005

 

 
 
 
MUSIC FOR FILM
 

 - Family album – documentary film, director: Nishtha Jain, Raintree films, India, 2011
- Landscape No.2 – feature film, director: Vinko Möderndorfer, Forum Ljubljana, 2008
- Paper Prince – feature film, director: Marko Kostić, Luksfilm, 2008
- Impression of a great city – documentary film, režija: Amir Muratović, Slovenija, 2009
- Fabiani Plečnik – documentary, directed: Amir Muratović, RTS, 2008
- A Life in Suitcases – feature film, director: Peter Greenaway, Kasander Film, 2005
- From Sark to Finish (3rd part of the trilogy The Tulse Luper Suitcases) – feature film, director: Peter Greenaway, Kasander Film, 2004
- Vaux to the See (2nd part of the trilogy The Tulse Luper Suitcases) – feature film, directed: Peter Greenaway, Kasander Film, 2003
- The Moab Story (1st part of the trilogy The Tulse Luper Suitcases) – feature film, director: Peter Greenaway, Kasander Film, 2003
- The Tulse Luper Suitcases: Antwerp – feature film, director: Peter Greenaway, Kasander Film, 2003
- The Reitdiep Journeys – documentary film, director: Peter Greenaway, Dutch TV, 2001

 

 
 
 
MUSIC FOR THEATRE
 

- A Few Messages to the Universe – theatre performance, director: Sebastjan Horvat, SNG Drama, 2014
- Pilowman (O Homem Travesseiro) – theatre performance, director: Bruce Gomlevsky, Rio de Janeiro, 2011
- Anchorpectoris – theatre performance, director: Gerald Thomas, La MaMa, New York, 2004
- Gold, 92 Golden Bars in the Crashed Car – theatre performance, director: Saskia Boddeke, written: Peter Greenaway, Schaushpiel Frankfurt, 2001
- Nietzsche Contra Wagner – theatre performance, director: Gerald Thomas, SESC, Sao Paulo, 2000
- Drive in Camillo – theatre performance, director: Emil Hrvatin, Maska, Ljubljana, 2000
- Camillo – theatre performance, director: Emil Hrvatin, Picollo Teatro, Milano, 1998
- Two Gentlemen of Verona – theatre performance, director: Julie-Anne Robinson, Royal National Theatre, London 1999
- Yard – theatre performance, director: Julie-Anne Robinson, Bush Theatre, London, 1998
- Romeo and Juliet – theatre performance, director: Julie-Anne Robinson, C.F.T.C., Birmingham, 1996
- The New Organon - theatre performance, director: Emil Hrvatin, Društvo 51, 1994
- The Cell - theatre performance, director: Emil Hrvatin, Theatre Mladinsko, 1995
- Men's Fantasies - theatre performance, dir: Emil Hrvatin, Theatre Mladinsko, 1996
- The Banquet - theatre performance, director: Emil Hrvatin, Društvo 51, 1997
- The Woman Who Talks Incessantly - theatre performance, director: Emil Hrvatin, Inart, 1993
- Romulus Veliki - theatre performance, dir: Bojan Jablanovec, Municipal Theatre, 1998
- Where is Franz? - theatre performance, director: Pepi Sekulić, Panoptikon, 1996
- Breakfast on the Lawn - theatre performance, director & chor: Nataša Kos, Maska, Ljubljana and Danswerkplaats, Amsterdam, 1994
- Hey, Salvador - theatre performance, director: Matjaž Pograjc, Glej, 1991

 

 
 
 
MUSIC FOR PERFORMANCES
 

- Sex and the Sea - Peter Greenaway, Sasia Boddeke, Maritiem Museum, Rotterdam, 2013
- Compton Verney – performance, director: Peter Greenaway, U.K., 2004
- Grand Terp in Groningen – exhibition/installation by Peter Greenaway, Kasander Film, Groningen, 2001
- Map to Paradise – exhibition / installation by Peter Greenaway, Museum, Ljubljana, 2000
- One Way - art-video, director: Nataša Prosenc, RTS, 1996
- Painter, Do You Know Your Duty? – exhibition / installation by VSSD, 1987
- The Fall of the Angel of Light, exhibition by VSSD, 1988
- The Reason - installation by Nataša Prosenc, Mala Galerija, Ljubljana, RTS, 1996
- More – installation by Nataša Prosenc, Rihard Jakopič Gallery, 1997
- The Border - instalation by Nataša Prosenc, RTS, 1997
- The Labyrinth - theatre performance, director: Marina Gržinič & Aina Šmid, 1993