Phantasmagoria

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Phantasmagoria was the first (more serious) band i had playing my own original music, consisting of some great musicians and close friends. Not much documentation is left of this band, apart from a weird photoshoot we did and a few live recordings.

Giuseppe Doronzo – baritone sax
Evija Vebere – vocals
Marta Warelis – keys
Miguel Petruccelli – el. guitar
Marko Čurčić – bass guitar
Lav Kovač – drums


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Boris Kovac New Ritual Group

NRG-1

Boris Kovač – alto, soprano saxophone, melodica
Slobodanka Stević – piano
Siniša Mazalica – double bass
Lav Kovač – drums

Past member Jasna Jovićević – alto & soprano saxophone

 

Hako’s Trios

[2017, Rizoma Records]

 HAKOS TRIOS

released May 15, 2017
This bulgarian/serbian/spanish double trio is a great example of world music influences in composing for improvisers. Almost a home recording, this album captures first time encounter of these players, interpreting original compositions that at first may seem eclectic but after a listen it becomes clear it delivers a very clear concept.
Recorded in EMMAT Ahlaurín de la Torre, Spain in November 2016.
Cover art by Momchil Genov
Rizoma Records

credits

Vasil Hajigrudev – double bass
Lav Kovac – drums
Enrique Oliver – tenor sax
Julián Sánchez – trumpet

 

Kuhnspiracy

KUHN FU [2017, Unit Records]

KUHNSPIRACY

All compositions by Christian Achim Kühn,
except Mono Industrial Post Depression by Christian Achim Kühn & Ziv Taubenfeld
Ziv Taubenfeld – Bass Clarinet
Christian Achim Kühn – Guitar
Esat Ekincioglu – Double Bass
Lav Kovac – DrumsRecorded analog at Clouds Hill Studio Hamburg April 21, 2016 – April 22, 2016Sound Engineer Johann Scheerer & Sebastian Muxfeldt
Mixing by Guy Sternberg at LowSwing Studio Berlin
Mastering by Darius van Helfteren at Amsterdam Mastering

Artwork by Artur Bodenstein

www.kuhnfumusic.com

(P) 2017 // Unit Records // www.unitrecords.com

released March 31, 2017

 

The Path

Boris Kovac New Ritual Group [2016, ReR London]

The Path

What’s remarkable about Boris is that he has carved out a musical form that transcends genre or even musical content; it’s a music of depth and feeling; and that’s what you hear beyond the notes or style.And he has gathered, over time, musicians who can realize that quality. This, for Boris, is a small group, only five people, so they can be looser, more personal than the larger ensembles. Though informed by chamber music, Serbian, Romanian and Hungarian folk music, and jazz, you can’t file this record in any of those categories. Lyrical and ostensibly simple, these exquisitely coloured and beautifully recorded compositions float, occasionally changing density, but always solid enough to be clear about what they are. The drums are especially subtle in this regard, more touch than motor, but they make themselves expressive, even forceful, when they need to. For the rest, the music moves as a sinuous wave, the parts distinct but not separated. It’s autumnal, that I could say.

Chris Cutler

Performed by New Ritual Group

Siniša Mazalica – double bass
Slobodanka Stević – piano
Boris Kovač – soprano sax, melodion
Jasna Jovićević – alto & soprano sax, bass clarinet
Lav Kovač – drums, percussion

 

Dance For Common Sense (EP)

Howling Owl [2015, Self-release]

Dance For Common Sense

Howling Owl call their music avant-pop but are dubbed by some as having “the most eclectic, liberal approach to modern music.
Evija Vēbere – voice & synth
Lav Kovač – drums & electronics

All songs and lyrics are written by Howling Owl

Recorded in September 2015 in studio KACHARA, Bukovac, Serbia by Milan Nenin A.K.A. Lil’Bear ( M
Mixed by Milan Nenin A.K.A. Lil’Bear ( M
Mastered in Athens Mastering Studio by Anestis Psaradakos

© & ℗ Howling Owl

released November 24, 2015

 

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
Produced by KACHARA MM PRODUCTION – PANNONIA 2013/2014
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

 

Kuhnstantinopolis

KUHN FU [2015, Cantina Records]

KUHNSTANTINOPOLIS

All compositions by Christian Achim Kühn,
except Such Sweet Thunder by Duke Ellington

Ziv Taubenfeld – Bass Clarinet
Christian Achim Kühn – Guitar
Esat Ekincioglu – Double Bass
Lav Kovac – Drums

Recorded live at Studio Bee, Istanbul April 13th 2015

Sound Engineer Baran Göksu & Umut Çetin
Mixed by Baran Göksu
Mastered by Leo Grimaudo

Artwork by Daniel Menzel & Igorizo
www.danielmenzel.com

www.kuhnfumusic.com
www.ilsoleincantina.com

©CantinaRecords2015

 

Dream Whispers

Evija Vebere (2014, Cantina Records)

Dream Whispers

Evija Vēbere sings, Marta Warelis plays piano, Esat Ekincioģlu plays double bass, Lav Kovač plays drums and glockenspiel on Pixies Dance
All songs and lyric are written by Evija Vēbere.
Recorded on April 14th 2014 by Sergejs Laletins in Sound Division
Mixed by Krišjānis Geidāns
Mastered by Leonardo Grimaudo
Artwork by Silva BalodeⒸ Cantina Records 2014
Produced by Evija Vēbere for Cantina Records 2014