Nada Kolundžija- now avalible! 3 CD`s & book


A Little Anthology of Piano Music


Vertical Jazz production Belgrade, May 2017
ISBN 978-86-86037-17-6

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BREATHING IN/BREATHING OUT: A Little Anthology of Piano Music (1914–2014) is a series of three compact discs (more than 3 hours of music) and an accompanying book (207 pages) initiated by acclaimed Serbian pianist Nada Kolundžija and edited by musicologist Ivana Miladinović Prica. The collection of 37 piano pieces written by 25 composers, which Nada Kolundžija recorded in Belgrade during the 2015 and 2016, covers one century of music history from 1914 to 2014. This is a kind of topography of various musical idioms which emerged and branched out starting from the early 20th-century avant-garde composers, until the present day and its more-or-less faithful “heirs” both in the West and the East. The variety of genre range from avant-garde and experimental music through minimalism and post-minimalism; from mysticism to jazz and film music: АrvoPärt, Louise Andriessen, Philip Glass, Scott Pender, Lola Perrin, David Lang, Toby Тwining, Jacob Ter Veldhuis, Galen H. Brown, Yannis Kyriakides, Vuk Kulenović, William Duckworth, Anton Batagov, Katarina Miljković, Ivana Stefanović, Milos Raičković, Miroslav Savić, Dušan Bogdanović, Miodrag Lazarov Pashu, Meredith Моnk, Gurdjieff/de Hartman, Jasna Veličković, Conlon Nancarrow, John Cage and Erik Satie. This is a very special anthology which reveals the multiple identities of music for the piano, different “characters” of this instrument, its “extensions” beyond the limits of traditional instrumentation. The acoustic soundscape encounters piano, prepared piano, toy piano, music box, soundtracks, electronics and two pianos tuned a quarter-tone apart.

The accompanying book, in both Serbian and English, contains statements by composers themselves, written specifically for this anthology, as well as their official biographies and editorial notes about certain works recorded on this triple album. The composers speak very vividly about their music and their relations with the piano, thus sketching a more intimate chronicle of contemporary piano music. Aside from these diverse statements by the composers themselves, the essays about Nada Kolundžija’s pianism and her Anthology were written by Croatian musicologist Nikša Gligo, Serbian aesthetician Miško Šuvaković, and Serbian musicologists ZoricaPremate, Ana Kotevska, and Ivana Miladinović Prica.  The sound editing and mastering was done by Zoran Marinković, music production by Madame Cage, translation into English by Ivana Medić, and graphic design by Dušica Knežević. This carefully prepared and realized edition is published by Vertical jazz (Belgrade/Serbia) in May 2017.

Nada Kolundžija has dedicated several years to the creation of this little anthology. The three-part concert cycle called My Little Concert Anthology of Piano Music that Nada Kolundžija performed at Belgrade Cultural Centre during the summer 2014 gave the initial impetus for publishing this collection. As an imprint of her specific pianistic approach, the Anthology BREATHING IN/BREATHING OUT sums up the energy of her rich experience in the field of investigation and interpretation of contemporary music. Over the last four decades, Nada Kolundžija has been captivating audiences with her performances, solo and multimedia projects. Her soloist recitals are distinguished by imaginative programmes and highly praised interpretations. Kolundžija premiered a vast number of compositions by Serbian and foreign composers. She has given over 1000 concerts in 28 European countries and all over the world (USA, Canada, Mexico, China, India, Tailand). She has won a number of awards and recognitions, among them Lifetime Achievements Award by the Association of the Music Artists of Serbia (2016).

(Ivana Miladinović Prica, May 2017)

Comments about the Anthology:

The art that is seen, heard and read. Only one is Nada Kolundzija!”
Vesna Vujić, journalist (Belgrade, Serbia)

“This small anthology is a wonderful, inspiring and beautifully designed! Congratulations  to Nada  and the others who have helped!”
Melita Milin, Ph.D. Musicologist, director of the Institute of Musicology  at the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts   – Belgrade, Serbia

“Ova mala antologija je divna, inspirativna i prelepo dizajnirana!”
Melita Milin, muzikolog i direktor  Muzikološkog instituta SANU

“Marvelously,  marvelously, and the concept and  the intention – about performances not to speak.”
Niksa Gligo, member of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts and a member of section Musicology & History of Art & Architecture of the Academia Europaea ( Zagreb, Croatia)

“Amazing 3 CD release! What a wonderful project!
 Lola Perrin, composer, pianist, London, United Kingdom

Exceptional, representative edition!
Ivana Stefanović, composer, writer (Belgrade, Serbia)

“This is a big project.  Life’s work !! ! The booklet is very serious, with a lot of information, tastefully done! Everything is very professional and at the high level!
I hope that abot this accomplishment  will be heard  beond he border of Serbia.”
Miodrag Lazarov,  composer (Montreal, Canada)


CD I                                                                           

1–2. Miloš Raičković
Nadja’s Kolo (In Memory of Nadja Tesich)
Waiting for C-A-G-E for piano and toy piano

3. John Cage
Sonata III for prepared piano, from Sonatas and Interludes 

4. Yannis Kyriakides
Fofi & Michalis for music box

5–6. Arvo Pārt
Für Alina             
Variations for the Healing of Arinushka

7. David Lang
Wed from collection Memory Pieces

8. Dušan Bogdanović
A Little Prayer

9–12. Georges I. Gurdjieff/Thomas de Hartmann               
Holy Affirming, Holy Denying, Holy Reconciling
Prayer and Despair
Religious Ceremony

13. Galen H. Brown
God is a Killer for piano and tape

14. Arvo Pārt
Für Anna Maria

CD II       

1. Louis Andriessen
Deuxième chorale for hand-operated music box from collection The Memory of Roses

2. Ivana Stefanović

 3. William Duckworth
Tango Voices

 4. Erik Satie
Perpetual Tango from piano album Sports et Divertissements
Narrator: Scott Fielding

 5. Scott Pender
TANGO: Ms. Jackson Dances for the People

 6-7. Toby Twining
Nightmare Rag for piano and toy piano

Satie Blues for piano and toy piano

8-9. Anton Batagov
Music for the film by Ivan Dykhovichny Breathing In Breathing Out

10-11. Meredith Monk
Railroad (Travel Song)

1218. Lola Perrin
Piano Suite I – Early One Sunday Morning
Early dawn

19-21. Philip Glass
Etude No. 1
Etude No. 5
Etude No. 6

22. Leon Miodrag Lazarov Pashu


1. Jacob Ter Veldhoouis (Jacob TV)
The Body of Your Dreams for piano and boombox

2. Miroslav Miša Savić
For Nada for piano and electroacoustic ambient live
М. Savić, electronic

3. Katarina Miljković
Forest IV for piano and electronic

4. Vuk Kulenović
God with the Moon in his Hair for prepared piano 

 5-6. Conlon Nancarrow
Canon A
Canon C

711. Jasna Veličković
Sputnik for two pianos tuned a quarter-tone apart
Very slow, mysterious
Fast, energetic
Euphonic, squirrel like
Nada Kolundžija and Deborah Richards

12. John Cage
Sonata XIII from Sonatas & Interludesfor prepared piano  


Nada Kolundžija: Introduction
Reflections on Piano Music
: Miloš Raičković, John Cage, Yannis Kyriakides, Arvo Pärt, David Lang, Dušan Bogdanović, Georges I. Gurdjieff /Thomas de Hartmann, Galen H. Brown, Louis Andriessen, Ivana Stefanović, William Duckworth, Erik Satie, Scott Pende, Toby Twining, Anton Batagov, Meredith Monk, Lola Perrin, Philip Glass, Leon Miodrag Lazarov Pashu, Jacob ter Veldhuis (Jacob TV), Miroslav Miša Savić, Katarina Miljković, Vuk Kulenović, Conlon Nancarrow and Jasna Veličković


Ivana Miladinović Prica: Music as a Living Space — On Nada Kolundžija’s Pianism
Zorica Premate: A Little House Made of Music
Nikša Gligo: A Word about Nada
Miško Šuvaković: Experimental аnd/оr Tactical Pianism!
Ana Kotevska: Epistola
Biography of Nada Kolundžija


Publisher: Vertical Jazz production Belgrade
Project author: Nada Kolundžija
Book editor: Ivana Miladinović Prica
Recording, editing, mastering: Zoran Marinković
Music producer:  Madame Cage
Design:  Dušica Knežević
Executive producer: Milorad Stojaković
Translation: Ivana Medić, Dušica Knežević
Proofreading: Staša Mijić

Recorording was made at the Ceremonial Hall of the City of Belgrade
(13 February 2015 – 27 November 2016)
Piano: Steinway / Toy piano: Schoenhut