Music as healing. Music as service. Music as connection. Music as celebration of humanness.
ALEKSANDRA VREBALOV’s 80 works – ranging from concert music and opera to music for modern dance and film – have been performed by the Kronos Quartet, Serbian National Theater, English National Ballet, Rambert Dance, Jorge Caballero, the Sausalito Quartet, ETHEL, Dusan Tynek Dance Company, Ijsbreker, Moravian Philharmonic, Belgrade Philharmonic, and Providence Festival Ballet, among others. Her works have been recorded for Nonesuch, Cantaloupe, Innova, Centaur Records, Vienna Modern Masters, and Ikarus Films. Vrebalov’s string quartet …hold me, neighbor, in this storm… was commissioned by Carnegie Hall and released on Kronos’ album Floodplain. Pannonia Boundless, also for Kronos, was published by Boosey & Hawkes as part of “The Kronos Collection, Vol. I” and was recorded for the album Caravan.
In 2018, Vrebalov wrote Missa Supratext for Kronos Quartet and SF Girls Chorus; a 70 minute sound score, ANNA, for Dusan Tynek Dance Theater; accordion concerto Forgotten Anthems IV; There! for two violins; Our Voices for Raleigh Civic Orchestra, and a soundtrack for Salome by Alla Nazimova restored by Kino Lorber and the Library of Congress.
Vrebalov’s world premieres in 2017 include The Exiles, a piece to accompany the historic choreography by Jose Limon from 1950 in its new staging by Limon Dance Theater, Cosmic Love III for an ensemble of ancient Chinese instruments performed by the Forbidden City Orchestra in Beijing, and a chamber work featuring James Schlefer Nyoraku on shakuhachi premiered at the Tenri Institute in NYC.
In 2016, Vrebalov’s work with choreographer Patricia Okenwa, Hydrargyrum, was performed at Sadler’s Wells at the 90th anniversary of Rambert Dance in London, UK. The Sea Ranch Songs written for Kronos Quartet were released on Cantaloupe in 2016. Her piece for Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire – My Desert, My Rose was premiered in Carnegie Hall in April 2016.
In 2015 Vrebalov created a sound installation WaterLines with architect Ronit Eisenbach, converting an old bank building into a music box in Chestertown, Maryland. Cosmic Love I, one of six one-minute works celebrating Terry Riley’s 80th birthday at Kronos Festival in San Francisco premiered in June 2015. Vrebalov’s collaborative work with director Bill Morrison, Beyond Zero: 1914 – 1918, was premiered by Kronos at Berkeley’s Cal Performances in April 2014, and received its European premiere at the Edinburgh International Festival.
Vrebalov’s cross-disciplinary interests led to participation at residencies and fellowships that include the MacDowell Colony, Djerassi, The Hermitage, New York’s New Dramatists, Rockefeller Bellagio Center, American Opera Projects, Other Minds Festival, and Tanglewood. Between 2007 and 2011, Vrebalov created and led Summer in Sombor (Serbia), a week long composition workshop with the South Oxford Six composers’ collective that she co-founded in 2002 in NYC. The workshop facilitated the creation of over fifty new works by young composers from Europe and the USA. Most recently, Vrebalov joined Muzikhane (House of Music) founded by composer Sahba Aminikia in Mardin and Nusaybin, towns on Turkish/Syrian border, and made music with young refugees from Syria and Iraq.
Vrebalov received The Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, The Hoefer Prize from the San Francisco Conservatory, The Harvard Fromm Commission, the Barlow Endowment Commission, as well as awards from ASCAP, American Music Center, Meet the Composer, MAP Fund, Vienna Modern Masters, and Friends and Enemies of New Music. As the Douglas Moore Fellow, supported by the Columbia University’s Alice Ditson Fund, she spent a season in the Glimmerglass Opera, Opera Memphis and Florida Grand Opera, where she immersed herself in all aspects of opera production. Her opera Mileva (2011) had its world premiere at the 150th Anniversary season of the Serbian National Theater in Novi Sad.
As a Serbian expat Vrebalov is the recipient of the Golden Emblem from the Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for lifelong dedication and contribution to her native country’s culture.
She lives in New York City.
For more info: https://soundcloud.com/aleksandravrebalov.