"One of the most interesting electronic writers around" (SoundWordSight), composer and media artist Svjetlana Bukvich specializes in a blend of classical, avant-garde, world and experimental music for dance, film, and the concert stage. Her score Interior Designs, commissioned by Carolyn Dorfman Dance, was listed as one of the top ten dance events of 2013 (The Star-Ledger) and has received the New Music USA, 2013 Live Music for Dance award. That same year Prof. Bukvich was honored with the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellowship in Music/Sound, and was featured in the book "In Her Own Words - Conversations with Composers in the United States," joining the ranks of twenty-five trail-blazing women composers including Meredith Monk, Joan Tower, and Pauline Oliveros.
Prof. Bukvich's only solo release to date, the genre-busting album EVOLUTION (PARMA Recordings) featuring bassist Tony Levin, electric guitarist Mordy Ferber, electric violist Martha Mooke, and mixed by the Grammy® award winning team David Frost and Tom Lazarus, was hailed as "astounding, mind expanding" (babysue), and has garnered airplay on more than 20 radio stations across the US and abroad since its 2014 debut. Once You are Not a Stranger, Svjetlana's recent collaboration with Janis Brenner & Dancers, received the 2016 O'Donnell-Green Music and Dance Foundation, Inc. grant, and premiered in NYC in June 2017 at the Gibney's Agnes Varis Dance Center to great acclaim.
Prof. Bukvich received an M.F.A. in integrated electronic arts from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York, nation's first program of its kind, and Bachelor of Arts Degrees in composition and musicology from Sarajevo University's Academy of Music. She has since appeared in her own productions, described as "ecstatic musical experiences" (New Music Connoisseur), in numerous music venues in the US, such as The Kennedy Center, the Tribeca Film Festival, The Kitchen, The Cutting Room, Lincoln Center, (le) Poisson Rouge, ASCAP's Thru The Walls Series, the Times Center, Alvin Ailey City Center, the United Nations, and internationally in Beijing, London, Johannesburg, Berlin, Belgrade, Helsinki, Odessa, and Copenhagen. Her work has been supported by diverse institutions, including the Soros Foundation, ASCAP, the American Composers Forum, the Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue at Harvard University, GENERATE: The Frances Richard Fund for Innovative Artists of Promise, and USArtists International. Prof. Bukvich is a board member of the American Festival of Microtonal Music, associate director of the New York-based Composers Concordance organization, and an honoree in 2014 Selected Honors, Awards & Achievements in ASCAP Concert Music. She previously held positions as Adjunct Professor at Pratt Institute and New York University (NYU).