Jasna Jovicevic – Educator, Improvising Musician-saxophonist, Composer, Researcher
Jasna graduated from “Franc Liszt” Music Academy in Budapest, Jazz saxophone performance and teaching, received MA in Music Composition from York University in Toronto. Currently, she is enrolled in Doctoral Transdisciplinary Studies in Contemporary Arts and Media in Belgrade, focusing on jazz and free improvised music and the gender performativity within the jazz discourse. She studied and won the grants to many Artist in Residency programs in New York, San Francisco, Banff, Graz, Brazil and Spain, as well as competitions in Milan, Budapest and Ljubljana. Jasna performed her original work around Europe, USA and Canada on many national and international festivals. “Invented Reality”, “The Sound of Birds”, “Travellers”-Dharma, “Flow Vertical” published with British label FMR Records, and “Informal Shapes” with free jazz trio are her solo albums. She recorded a dozen albums as a side man. She teaches music and music methodology on a University level, leads NGO projects in non-formal education and female artists’ affirmation. She is a yoga teacher and inventor of multi-disciplinary approach in improvised art practices. Jasna is active in research, affirmation and promotion of female creativity in jazz music, leading the first all-female big band in Southern Eastern Europe, New Spark Jazz Orchestra- Balkan Women in Jazz. She is also a member of the Music Action Women project by Giant Steps, San Francisco.
The Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation (in Los Angeles, CA) is prepared to make a monetary grant of between one thousand and five thousand dollars, and an additional thousand dollars may be awarded towards travel and accommodations if the Foundation deems this necessary.
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