Ivana Popovic

My music is composed of intimate portraits of my life, lived and imagined.  I am inspired by the world and people around me though my favourite composers - Bach, Shostakovich, Glass - have made an undeniable imprint on my musical aesthetics.

I love combining classical music elements with Eastern European and Gypsy inflections, traditional sounds with unconventional harmonies.  My favourite structural form of expression is chamber music - because it allows for grand and humble gestures, both seated in the beauty of a unique musical language.

I have been commisssioned to write music for chamber ensembles, theatre, performance installations and special events in the Americas and Europe.

Bushes and Bombshelters, my debut album, will be released worldwide on the Long Play label, on January 25th 2019. Encompassing a 5- year composition period, the pieces on this album voice my connection to two countries I love: Serbia, my homeland, and Canada, my new home. These compositions are intimate, deeply human stories about land and journeys, friendship and love, crossroads and memory. The compositional fusion of classical, gypsy and folk music on this album is both haunting and cinematic in nature.

Bushes and Bombshelters was recorded between February and June 2018 at CBC Studio 211 and World Records Studio in Toronto and generously supported by the Toronto Arts Council.

The album release concert will be held on Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 2pm at Gallery 345 (345 Sorauren Avenue) in Toronto.  Admission is $20, cash only at the door or purchase advance tickets at www.universe.com .  You can also reserve tickets at info@gallery345.com