"A highly accomplished performer
with a flair for dramatic music. Because Mr. Bogdanovic is a
splendid technician with sound musical instincts, everything
he played was interesting to hear... especially imaginative.
He vividly conveyed restless energy, pungent colors and a sinister
A richly gifted composer, improviser and guitarist, Dusan Bogdanovic
has explored musical languages which are reflected in his style today
- a unique synthesis of classical, jazz and ethnic music. As a soloist
and in collaboration with other artists, Bogdanovic has toured extensively
throughout Europe, Asia, Japan and the United States. His performing
and recording activities include work with chamber ensembles of diverse
stylistic orientations: the De Falla Trio; harpsichord/guitar duo
with Elaine Comparone; and jazz collaborations with James Newton,
Milcho Leviev, Charlie Haden, Anthony Cox, Arto Tuncboyaciyan and
- The New York Times
Dusan Bogdanovic's recording credits include twelve albums, on ESSAY,
Sony/Global Pacific, M.A. Recordings, Concord Concerto and other
labels, ranging from Bach Trio Sonatas to contemporary works. Among
his most recent composing comissions are a ballet-poem Crow,
commissioned by the Pacific Dance Company and performed at the Los
Angeles Theater Center; Lyric Quartet, commissioned by the
LA Quartet and Six Illuminations for solo piano, written
for the Brazilian pianist Fabio Luz.
Bogdanovic was born in Yugoslavia in 1955. He completed his studies
of composition and orchestration at the Geneva Conservatory. Early
in his career, he received the only First Prize at the Geneva Competition
and gave a highly acclaimed debut recital in Carnegie Hall in 1977.
He has taught at the Geneva Conservatory, the University of Southern
California and is presently engaged by the San Francisco Conservatory.
Dusan's theoretical work includes a three volume bilingual publication
(Berben Editions) covering three-voice counterpoint and Renaissance
improvisation for guitar. He has also collaborated on multi-disciplinary
projects involving music, psychology, philosophy and fine arts.
Songline / Tone Field's Lee Townsend first met Dusan in 1982 when
a mutual friend, Tom Schnabel - who was then the music director at
KCRW in Santa Monica, California - introduced them. From the beginning
Townsend found Dusan's music to be a true revelation. "The subtle
and elegant manner in which Dusan blends his roots in classical music
with his passion for improvisation and various folk musics from throughout
the world has always spoken deeply to me," Townsend says.
The two first worked together on Early to Rise, Dusan's
album with guests James Newton and Charlie Haden for Palo Alto Records
Since then they have stayed in touch, Dusan always sharing his other
recorded works with Townsend. The Songline / Tone Field series on
Intuition provided an opportunity for presenting Yano
Mori, Townsend's favorite pieces from Dusan's catalogue
of the past fifteen years, serving not only as a great listening
experience but also a fine introduction to a deeply accomplished
and original composer and performer.