Concert of the Ensemble for contemporary music "ConTempora" in New York City

The Macedonian ensemble for contemporary music "ConTempora" will perform a concert at the Macedonian cultural centre Gallery MC in New York City, this Saturday (October 21) at 7.00pm. The concert program comprises chamber works by Macedonian composers Ljubomir Brandjolica, Aleksandar Dzambazov, Stojan Stojkov, Vullnet Tairi, Valentina Velkovska - Trajanovska and Vanja Nikolovski - Gjumar. At the concert, special guests will be the members of the renowned American string quartet MIVOS, who will be presented the award "George Bozikov", awarded at this year's festival "Days of Macedonian Music" by SOCOM, for best performance of a work by a Macedonian composer in the passed year. The concert is part of SOCOM's activities in the framework of the Association's 70 years anniversary.

Members of the ensemble "ConTempora" are: Katerina Bachevska - flute, Vladimir Lazarevski - oboe, Igor Ivanov - clarinet, Goran Janev - French horn and Marjan Miloshevski - basson.

The ensemble for contemporary music “ConTempora” was founded in 2014 by the Composers’ Association of Macedonia – SOCOM, with the aim to perform newly-created works by Macedonian composers. The idea behind the formation of the ensemble was imposed as a result of the unavoidable need to fill the gap in the contemporary Macedonian music culture and to create space for a chamber music group, which will act exclusively in the field of contemporary music and will perform works by both Macedonian and foreign contemporary composers. The Ensemble “ConTempora” comprises twenty musicians, all of whom have many years of experience in the performance of contemporary music repertoire. Depending on the repertoire, “Contempora” performs in different formations. The ensemble perform its first concert as part of the General Assembly of the European Association of Composers and Songwriters (ECSA), which was held in Skopje in September 2014. In the past years, “ConTempora” has toured in the Netherlands, Belgium, Bulgaria, Albania, Croatia and given several concerts in Macedonia. In this period, the ensemble also recorded several new works by composers from USA, Iran, Italy, Indonesia and others, given nearly 50 premieres of works by authors from Macedonia, USA, Italy, Indonesia, Great Britain, Hungary and presented several well-known works from the 20th century music repertoire.