Coming Out Spring 2019
Featuring the world premiere of Dusan Bogdanovic's Prisms - Six Songs by Sting
"How exciting to hear these new compositions arise from the broken fragments of my songs... I am thrilled with the results."
"Fresh, original and forceful... You have a treat in hand!"
PRISMS - SIX SONGS BY STING
Inspired by Edin’s idea, I decided to recompose a collection of Sting’s songs; this became a collaborative project in more ways than one. Just like the famous Segovia-Ponce collaborations, Karamazov-Bogdanovic teamwork on Prisms is a result of a very dynamic, give-and-take dialogue.
Sting’s music was not unknown to me; I grew up in the seventies and have been very familiar and very fond of it. Since most of these legendary songs are, so-to-say, larger than life, it was both a creative challenge and an exciting venture to make this music a part of my compositional world; many of my own stylistic influences came into play including Balkan folk elements, jazz, classical contrapuntal forms, African polyrhythms, and others. The idea of this collection then is an outcome of the process of restructuring and amalgamating the music into a series of diverse colours/reflections, not unlike that of a “Prism”.
In composer’s own words: When the Japanese guitarist Ichiro Suzuki asked me to write something on popular themes, I remembered Manuel de Falla‘s Siete Canciones Populares Espanolas. The idea, or the puzzle, to transform popular music into classical (or the opposite) has been haunting me for some time. His seven orchestrations Brouwer conceptualized as seven homages to the composers from the past. The treatment of every movement from the suite refers to a specific style: She’s Leaving Home, for example, recalls Smetana’s Vltava; Yesterday is an homage to English Renaissance lute masters; Ticket to Ride is influenced by Stravinsky; Here, There and Everywhere cites Wagner; Penny Lane is an exercise in the style of Hindemith…. “
Dusan Bogdanovic, Geneva 2016.
The suite Beatlerianas was written by Leo in 1986... ...No doubt the beginning of this story were the three guitar duets (She’s Leaving Home, Fool on the Hill and Penny Lane) which composer wrote for the Carefour Mondial de la Guitarre de Martinique in 1975.
All photography by Marin Fulgosi ©2014
All album covers artwork by Emil Schumacher