Times Of Day

Boris Kovac [2015, ReR London]

Times Of Day

What Boris does is without parallel or precedent, and he’s been doing it for over 40 years, perfecting a language that is uniquely his own: not chamber music, not world music, not jazz – but demanding performance skills vital to all three. What do you call a music that is fully scored, played only by acoustic instruments, and demands not only extremely high technical standards from its performers but – if they are to imbue what is written with its proper ritual body – shared histories and deep cultural roots? To grasp the essence of this work, the composition and the ensemble need to be considered together and it’s this aspect of Boris’ work that is so exceptional. Composers write scores, while folk and jazz ensembles spin the present out of collective memory; Boris somehow manages to do both, and there is a depth here that’s not in the notes or in the performances but in an ability to tap into a collective reservoir of archetypical resonances. That’s the source of its intangible strength and apparent inevitability. It has, as we say, the ring of truth.

-Chris Cutler, from the CD booklet

Published by ReR Megacorp London, 2015
Performed by New Ritual Ensemble:

Boris Kovač – reeds
Slobodanka Stević – piano
Vladimir Ćuković – I violin
Marta Kojadinović – II violin
Aleksandar Stankov – viola
Milica Svirac – cello
Siniša Mazalica – double bass
Lav Kovač – percussion/drums