Jovana Backovic is a composer, pianist and singer with main interest in work, electroacoustic music and music improvisation mediated by technology. Her music history features two studio releases with electronic/folk duo ArHai with whom she regularly performs in Uk and Europe ( including Balkans ) as well as several scores for feature and documentary movies. ArHai has been generously supported with Arts Council Grants For the Arts.
Jovana’s current research lies within the field of electro-acoustic music and live improvisational performance – exploring and mapping the process of the creation and development of individual music identity through improvisation and the use of technology, which is the main subject of her PhD thesis.
Vision of your relation with Artpeggios as a teacher:
I see myself as musically open-minded individual, and I believe in combining different approaches to teaching – since every pupil is different, it is important not only to balance the expectations and ability, but also to adjust to every student and help them to find their own way to musical expression.
How do you see your teaching methods evolving and the way you pass on to your student your knowledge?
Firstly,I try to approach every student as a new experience and a new challenge, but the aim is always the same: to deliver an engaging and exciting lesson which will inspire them to practice and work themselves. This involves constant learning of new music, new approaches, but the crucial factor is being excited and engaged with the particular music myself while teaching. Secondly, it is important to follow and respect student’s taste in music as well as initiating him/her in music that they haven’t been exposed to, therefore hopefully opening new musical horizons.
What is your aim as a teacher?
To develop inherited musicality in each student and help them approach the musicianship as exciting and worth while in a long run.
Artpeggios is the institution that combines supportive environment with all the musical and latest technological tools to help an enthusiastic teacher to do his work with maximum efficiency.
Why in London? Other activities you may have?
If a person is an ambitious musician, London is the city to live in. Aside from teaching, I’m currently focusing on finishing PhD thesis in music composition and working on my own compositions that will be premiered in the 2014/2015 music season.
Do you perform in London or anywhere else?
In London mostly, then on the Balkans and Europe.
Your favorite artists:
listen to artists/bands that belong to many different genres, so the list is long.
My favourite composers are mostly people writing scores for films, some of them are: Basil Poledouris, Michael Nyman, Myshael Danna.
Favourite atists/bands vary from different music eras and genres, some of them: Tool ( metal ), Japan ( pop/electronica ) Dzihan & Kamien ( electronica/dub ) Meshell Ndegeocello ( funk/soul ), Peter Murphy ( alt-rock/glam rock, nu-jazz ) Trilok Gurtu ( world music/ethnic jazz ) and veterans like U2 and my favourite funk/soul/jazz artist Prince!