Sounds is inspired by Kandinsky's manuscript of woodcuts and prose by the same name from 1912. Composers Paola Prestini and Milica Paranosic chose to interpret the work in different ways. Prestini's Sounds is a meditation on the meaning and implications of blue, red, black, and white in our society. Through the personification of each color, new perspectives on race, love, and the difficulties of connection in this era of extreme communication are uncovered. Paranosic's Sounds addresses the balance between collective identities and individualism, expressed through largely choral sections of music, movement, and film.
Paola Prestini is the director of the multimedia collective/non-profit, VisionIntoArt, which has commissioned countless emerging artists and has performed worldwide since 1999. Her music has been commissioned by Carnegie Hall, Concert Artist Guild, WNYC, and the Kronos Quartet in venues such as Carnegie's Zankel Hall, the Whitney Live,the Stone, and Joe's Pub in New York City and in festivals such as Etnafest in Italy, and BEMUS in Serbia. She is the recipient of numerous awards from organizations such as ASCAP, AMC, and NYSCA. Prestini is an avid educator; she has created curricula and taught for the New York Philharmonic and is Associate Director of Making Score at the New York Youth Symphony. Her music is released on Tzadik Records and her writings on Arcana, Zorn's Musicians on Music books. She is a PD Soros fellow, and a Juilliard graduate.
A native of Belgrade (Serbia), one of the of music critic’s Kyle Gann's “Favorite Women Composers of All Time”, award-winning composer Milica Paranosic, lives in New York and is active as a composer, sound designer, conceptual artist, multimedia artist, music educator, and producer. Milica’s music and performances have provoked audiences of widely different profiles - form opera goers to soccer fans, rarely leaving them indifferent As an artist, as well as an educator and producer, Milica strives to create new worlds in which contrasting concepts vividly coexist in unique textures.
She is a multimedia director and resident composer of VisionIntoArt, and her music has been performed by such ensembles as The New Juilliard Ensemble, The Juilliard Dance Department, The New York Choreographic Institute, VisionIntoArt, D’Divaz, and The Reflex Ensemble among others She has performed at venues such as: BAM café, Whitney Live, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall, Joe’s Pub, PS 122, The Stone, Galapagos, Jugoslovensko Dramsko Pozoriste in Belgrade - Serbia, Goethe Institute in Salvador – Bahia, Smith Recital Hall San Diego – CA, and she had given lectures and master classes at universities worldwide.
Her film scores have been a part of official Tribeca film festival selection. Milica's work has been supported by Meet the Composer, the American Music Center, 60x60 Vox Novus, the Soros foundation, and Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg, FK Partizan – Belgrade. Milica’s music has been released on Bridge, Electroshock Records and The New Sound record labels. Milica holds Bachelor's degree in composition from Belgrade Music University, and a Master's degree in composition from The Juilliard School, where she has been on the faculty since 1995 teaching music technology. Milica is the manager of the Music Technology Center, Associate Director of the Mentoring Program at The Juilliard School, and cofounder and producer of Beyond The Machine, a Festival of Electronic and Interactive Music.
released May 1, 2009
A VisionIntoArt Presents, Inc. Production all music composed by PAOLA PRESTINI (Paola Prestini Publishing, ASCAP) and MILICA PARANOSIC (BRUKA PRODUCTION, ASCAP) produced by PAOLA PRESTINI, MILICA PARANOSIC, and PABLO RIEPPI executive producer VisionIntoArt, PAOLA PRESTINI recorded by BRIAN MOHR at the Pencil Factory Studio Brooklyn and by SCOTT FRASER at Architecture Los Angeles CA mixed by SCOTT FRASER at Architecture Los Angeles CA additional recording by DUNCAN CUTLER additional vocal recording for ‘Ordinary Hills’ and ‘Ocean’ by MICHAEL WINGER at Broken Radio Studio San Francisco CA mastered by SCOTT FRASER at Architecture Los Angeles CA CD and insert artwork by CARMEN KORDAS album cover art work by PHIL RISTAINO liner note artwork by ERICA ANESI album design by MATTHEW FERRY
licensing rights for ‘Anarchy in the UK’ by the Sex Pistols arrangement purchased through the Harry Fox Agency
Sounds is a VisionIntoArt commission also supported in part by WNYC and NYSCA
Special thanks to Cia Toscanini and Mark Palermo from ASCAP, Mickey Straus, Fumiko and David Zeigler,
Jeffrey and Catharine Soros, Jeffrey Zeigler, Zoran Cvetanovic from FK Partizan for Paranosic’s use of theme for Hiljade Grobara, Gus Rigoli and all the artists involved...