email: lavisintheair [at] gmail . com ✴ phone: +381 63 8922 995
Lav Kovač (1991) working primarily as a composer, drummer & sound designer. I’ve made music for various purposes & occasions, contributed to the birth of music collective Horz, and played drums on 30 albums and counting.
Having being exposed to very peculiar music of avant-garde, contemporary classical, folk and jazz from when I was zero years old, I’ve developed a strange taste for music that is guiding me both consciously and subconsciously in my strivings for musical expression ever since I started making and playing music.
After studying classical percussion with Srđan Palačković and graduating from elementary and music high school “Isidor Bajić” I switched to jazz drums and got a diploma from Prins Claus Conservatory in Groningen, The Netherlands, in the class of Steve Altenberg. There I’ve met some of the most peculiar musical characters breeding on this planet, still sharing the stage with many of them.
I’ve extensively performed in The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Italy, Bulgaria, Hungary, Austria, Germany, Luxembourg, Turkey, Israel, Russia, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Greece, Romania, UK, Switzerland, Spain…; performed at The Great Escape, Liverpool Sound City, Cully Jazz Fest, Waves Vienna, Zomer Jazz Fietstour, Alarma Punk Jazz, Fusion Festival, Tirol Jazz festival, Belgrade Jazz Festival, Ring Ring, Interzone, etc.
PROJECTS, PAST WORK
2004 to 2008 – classical Accordion orchestra AKUD “Sonja Marinković”, percussionist
2005 to 2008 – Vojvodina Philharmonic Orchestra, percussionist
2008 to 2009 – “Brod za Lutke” theatre performance of Serbian National Theatre, musician on stage
2009 – “Nahod Simeon” theatre performance of Serbian National Theatre, musician on stage
2008 to 2018 – recorded and toured extensively with Boris Kovač in his various groups
2010 – EuroMed Festival, performer
2012 to 2017 – drummer of band KUHN FU, performed over a 100 concerts around Europe and recorded
2015 to 2016 – drummer and songwriter of band Howling Owl, performed on festivals such as The Great
Escape, Liverpool Soundcity etc.
2018 to present – contributed to the birth of Horz – a collective dedicated to creating and promoting
adventurous new music (www.horz.co)
2019 – organizer of Hillock Carnival – festival of new music in Plovdiv, part of the European Culture
2019 – composer & sound designer for contemporary dance piece “Vertigo Birds” – production of EN-
KNAP company, Ljubljana & directed by Iztok Kovač.
2020 – composer & sound designer for contemporary dance piece “COGITO” – production of EN-KNAP
company, Ljubljana & directed by Tamas Tuza.
2021 – composer & sound design for short CGI film „10,9,8,7,6,…“ of Sanja Andjelković.
2022 – OneBeat Virtual residency participant
2022 – author and developer of 3D interactive application “Alphabet of the Forest”
2022 – co-composing chamber choir performance “LOOK UP! I AM NO CANOPY – I AM A MESSENGER”
SELECTED MUSIC DISCOGRAPHY
(published CD, LP, digital releases)
2022 / Fruška Džungla / Dragon’s Fuel / HORZ, Serbia
2022 / Wind Rose / Majamisty Trio / Mistyland
2020 / Mosaic of Time / Boris Kovač / KACHARA records
2020 / Organic / Majamisty trio / samoizdat
2020 / Moan / Noam Margolin & Lavlji Dani Dima / HORZ, Serbia
2020 / Pomorandže / Dragon’s Fuel / HORZ, Serbia
2020 / Mapping the Unknown / Lav Kovač solo piano / HORZ, Serbia
2019 / Birth of the first male child / HAKO / HORZ, Serbia
2018 / Dimni Lavljeg Dana / Lavlji Dani Dima / HORZ, Serbia
2018 / 8 Steps to the front door / Zemljani / HORZ, Serbia
2018 / Dragon’s Fuel / Dragon’s Fuel / HORZ, Serbia
2018 / Schimnik / Schimnik / HORZ, Serbia
2018 / Lions and their dreams / Lav Kovač solo rhodes / HORZ, Serbia
2017 / Conspiracies – Chris Cutler / Kuda.org, Serbia
2017 / HAKO’s trios / Rizoma records, Spain
2017 / Kuhnspiracy / KUHN FU / Unit records, Switzarland
2016 / The path / Boris Kovač / Recommended records, UK
2016 / Dance for common sense / Howling Owl / self-release
2015 / Times of Day / Boris Kovač / Recommended records, UK
2015 / Kuhnstantinopolis / KUHN FU / Il Sole in Cantina, NL
2015 / Dream Whispers / Evija Vebere / Il Sole in Cantina, NL
2014 / Someone killed the Swan / Ultima Armonia / LEO records, UK
2014 / Eastern Moon Rising / Boris Kovac / World Music Network, UK
2012 / Catalogue of Memories / Boris Kovac / Recommended Records, UK
2010 / Chamber music / Boris Kovac / Long Arms, Russia