My name is Lav Kovac, born in Novi Sad, Serbia in 1991 and i mostly work as a musician, primarily as a drummer, keyboardist, composer & improviser, and i occasionally do other things in life.
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’ve started making and playing music, beginnings of which were when i was 4 years old and had successfully performed “Grandma Bullshits” with a neighbor friend, an infant-punk original of ours (a style which i came back to only once again in 2014 with the band The HADJ & Assistant).
Major influence for me was playing with my father, Boris Kovač, in various groups, with whom i’ve toured regularly since 2008.
From 2005-2009, while studying classical percussion with the great teacher Srđan Palačković, I’ve performed with the award winning classical accordeon orchestra AKUD “Sonja Marinković” led by Goran Penić and it is another strong experience that has influenced me both as a composer and as a drummer.
About that time I’ve also started messing in Fruity Loops, making weird electronic music, which has become my main tool for music experimentation and you can hear some of its “fruits” HERE.
Since 2008, i’m active as a jazz drummer as well and up to now i’ve played with many of the musicians from my hometown of Novi Sad, Mother and Father Land of Serbia, as well as playing with some internationally known names and acts.
2011-2015 I studied at the Prins Claus Conservatorium in Groningen, Netherlands, with Steve Altenberg, a truly inspiring human. There I’ve met most of the musicians that i’m still sharing the stage with, an array of most peculiar characters from all around this world.
Some bands i’ve played with since then are
Vasil Hajigrudev is a bulgarian bassist I met in Groningen with which i am collaborating in a joint project Hakos Trios, featuring musicians from Spain, Bulgaria and Serbia, as well as multiple other projects.
In May 2018, I’ve contributed to the birth of Horz, a creative platform that serves as a music label for now, a big and unique project for all that are involved.
Horz has released a couple of debut albums of the freshest projects i’m involved with:
Zemljani is a band I’ve put together and I’m guiding conceptually, as well as writing most of the material. It is a very personal and intimate music for me and I feel most “at home” playing this music. It features three great friends and musicians – Alberto, Marko & Vasil – and coincidentally (or not), i have actually lived with each one of them at different points in time during our student life in Groningen.
Schimnik is a high order of orthodox monks, not in the sense of hierarchy, I think, but of inner growth. From my point of view, Vasil had the idea to take the “substance” of Christian orthodox chants, tune our instruments to 432hz (to resonate with Earth’s vibration) and deliver music that is our own chant, bringing the essence of spirituality into a more common concert context. A recording of it is available at Horz.
Dragon’s Fuel is a mashup jazz band that plays high energy tribal blocks of music, featuring very distinct and different personalities of the Novi Sad jazz scene. Concerts are fun, humourous and usually also feature lessons and tips concerning “the present moment” – it is really THE new age experience.