About

Drago Ivanuša is a composer of film and theatre music, a pianist and accordionist.

He is one of the most active Slovene composers. Since 1991, he has written the music for around 130 theatre and dance performances, and 23 films, as well as many independent compositions for chamber groups and orchestra. He has worked with some of the best Slovene directors and choreographers. He has nurtured his love of theatre since when he was young and attended the Maribor Conservatory of Music and Ballet, watched performances and learned in the Theatre Studio. Ivanuša typically performs his music live; his other notable characteristics are sound interventions and strong dramaturgic features that often place his music in the centre of staged performances.

When in the Nineties Slovene cinematography experienced a renaissance, he began working with film directors, helping them create a number of internationally awarded films. Film Bread and Milk (directed by Jan Cvitković) received the Golden Lion of the Future at the 2001 Venice film festival. Now he also works with the younger generation of film directors.

His oeuvre includes compositions for string quartet, piano, accordion, trumpet, clarinet, oboe, French horn, various voices, choir and symphonic orchestra. 

His most representative solo projects are Hotel IdealHappy Birthday Dr. AgoIvanuša & Kugler (duo for piano and drums, together with Enos Kugler)Whitman (together with drum player Enos Kugler - on poetry of Walt Whitman) and most recent work Raising the Voice (for voice, piano, marimba, double - bass and percussion).

As a pianist and accordionist, he works with various groups and musicians in Slovenia and abroad. Ivanuša has published a number of independent albums (in recent years, his music was published by the Slovene publisher Muskafiber); he also appears on the recordings of the groups he regularly works with (Muskafiber, Štefbet Rifi, Bast, Bossa de Novo, Brina) and on dozens of albums by other musicians.

He has written compositions for different chamber groups and orchestra: Uvertura (for string orchestra), Karamazovi (for string quartet), Povodni mož (for symphonic orchestra) and composed a series of songs using lyrics by Slovene poets.

He has appeared at some of the world’s most important music festivals. He has received a number of awards for music for theatre and film (two Vesna awards at the Slovenian film festival in 2004 and 2010, Zlata ptica for achievements in the filed of theater and film music in 1999, AGRFT award Zlatolaska in 2002 and the Slovenian Advertising Festival Award- SOF for best music in 2000 and 2003).

Ivanuša’s music is expressive, eclectic and unpredictable. He makes good use of his experience in theatre and film, which gives his music a strong, exact dramaturgy and exciting content. He is an enthusiastic improviser, drawing inspiration for his music from old, mostly Baroque composers (Rameau, Couperin, Scarlatti), as well as contemporary ones (Britten, Berio, Globokar).


UPCOMING EVENTS

 

 

"LA BÊTE HUMAINE" - Drago Ivanuša - solo piano

European Jazz Conference 2017

22.9.2017, Cankarjev dom, Ljubljana

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BUČNO FESTIVAL

Drago Ivanuša & Andrea Pandolfo

23.9.2017 at 6pm, Lesno Brdo; Vrhnika


"RDEČA ROSA"

Ljubljana Comic Festival Tinta

12. 10. 2017, 7pm, Vodnikova domačija, Ljubljana

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"THE RAISING OF THE VOICE" 2016 - Drago Ivanuša - Suite

Three musicians and an acctress - in search of an inner voice

21. 10. 2017, Concert at Maribor Theatre Festival

 

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PAST EVENTS

 

 

"LA BÊTE HUMAINE" 2017

Drago Ivanuša - solo piano

Concert at Pinelina dnevna soba, Ljubljana, Slovenia,

1. april 2017, video by Matjaž Vrečko

 


 

"THE RAISING OF THE VOICE" 2016

Suite, written by Drago Ivanuša

Three musicians and an acctress - in search of an inner voice

Concert at National Theatre Drama Ljubljana, Slovenia,

4. december 2016, video by Prodok

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The Raising of the Voice” is a concert project by the Slovene composer and pianist Drago Ivanuša, who took his own voice as the starting point. The Slovene philosopher Mladen Dolar in his book A Voice and Nothing More says: “In isolation, in solitude, in complete loneliness, away from the madding crowd, we are not simply free of the voice – it can be that this is when another kind of voice appears, more intrusive and compelling than the usual mumbo-jumbo: the internal voice, a voice which cannot be silenced. As if the voice were the very epitome of a society that we carry with us and cannot get away from. We are social beings by the voice and through the voice, it seems that the voice stands at the axis of our social bonds, and that voices are the very texture of the social, as well as the intimate kernel of subjectivity.”

 

Do we still hear the inner voice? Has the noise in today’s world finally defeated silence? What does our inner voice say? Are our decisions, our views, our understanding of the world and our purity dependent on whether we truly hear ourselves and are we as a result more authentic and good? In Drago Ivanuša’s music, alongside the excellent musicians witnessed by the audience, we approach this mysterious moment – when we hear our inner voice. 

A review, Mladina – The Raising of the Voice

"Can music written for a theatre performance also deliver outside the context of the theatre? Undoubtedly. Especially if written by Drago Ivanuša.

Musical connoisseurs were offered a special treat in the second part of the concert, when Ivanuša, who also played the inside of the piano, together with the other performers, performed the suite “The Raising of the Voice”. Tomaž Grom’s solo (and electronic texture), when he spent more time playing the casing of his instrument than the strings, once more proved that he is among the very best experimental double bassists. In a similar, minimalist manner Lola Močnik also enchanted the audience, first by playing the marimba and then the naked body of Anja Novak, who through her movements, vocal acrobatics and (physical) acoustics transformed herself into an instrument and the central motif of Ivanuša’s compositions. Yes, this part of the performance could be interpreted as a metaphorical search for the “inner voice”. But Novak’s breathing, wheezing and moaning also offered a harrowing musical experience, particularly alongside the refined ear for music and subtle performance by the other three and, last but not least, as a result of the exceptional acoustics of the hall. After the concert, the question as to whether music written for a play can also deliver away from the theatre, independently, seemed a rhetorical one at best. The answer is that not only it can, in many respects it can even surpass a concert of a more standard type of music, such as pop or (modern) classical music."

 

"WHITMAN" 2013

Ivanuša & Kugler

Music on poems from Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

Two musicians, one poet - Walt Whitman

 
 

 

Drago Ivanuša - piano, accordion

Tomaž Grom - double-bass, banjo-stone

Lola Mlačnik - marimba, percussion

Anja Novak - vocal, accordion, ukulele

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drago Ivanuša - midi accordion

Enos Kugler - drums

Visuals by Komposter

 

 

 

A review by Radio Študent"Drago Ivanuša and Enos Kugler staged an extremely well created and performed multi-media evening with a well thought out dramaturgical arch. The focal point consisted of texts by the famous American poet Walt Whitman, which dialectically complemented the sound. Some songs or cycles were used in their entirety, others in an adapted or fragmentary form, whereby all three components – words, sound and image – created a living, organic whole of a new type of discourse. Drago Ivanuša and Enos Kugler presented this brilliant fusion of form and content through a fascinating performance full of added value."

 


"IVANUŠA + KUGLER" 2012

Ivanuša & Kugler

Minimalistic duo piano and drums - exploring time in free improvisation

 

 

 

Drago Ivanuša - piano

Enos Kugler - drums

 

The pianist Drago Ivanuša and the drummer Enos Kugler have published with the Ljubljana publishing house Muskafiber a CD with the simple title Ivanuša & Kugler. It contains ten improvised musical miniatures for piano and drums. The sound of their duo is marked by musical minimalism, intimacy and a search for an authentic communication between two musicians, who through this project are freeing themselves from any kind of genre restraints.

 

 


Filmography

 

When in the Nineties Slovene cinematography experienced a renaissance, Drago Ivanuša began working with film directors (Janez Burger, Jan Cvitkovič, Damjan Kozole), helping them create a number of internationally awarded films. He has written music for 23 films and has received two Vesna awards for best music at the Slovenian film festival (2004 and 2010) and Zlata ptica for achievements in the filed of theater and film music (1999). Film Bread and Milk (directed by Jan Cvitkovič) received the Golden Lion of the Future at the 2001 Venice film festival. Now Ivanuša also works with the younger generation of film directors. 

 

List of works for films:

2017 Vsaka dobra zgodba je ljubezenska zgodba

2016 Prvih deset - Remake

2015 Strah ostane (TV Movie documentary)

2014 Pogovori o Vitomilu Zupanu (TV Movie documentary)

2014 Dekleta ne jocejo (TV Movie)

2013 Avtosola 

2012 Doghouse (Short)

2010 Srecen za umret 

2010 Behind the Scenes 

2008 Circus Fantasticus

2007 Na soncni strani alp (Short)

2007 Sonja (TV Movie)

2007 Na prvi pogled, Iz zivljenja Slovenskih fotoreporterjev(Documentary)

2005 Plan B (TV Movie)

2001 Rusevine

2001 Kruh in mleko 

2000 Tiigra (Video documentary)

2000 Deseti planet (Short)

2000 Porno Film 

2000 Gusarski pohod (Short)

1999 Novakovi (TV Movie) 

1999 V leru

1998 Noc v hotelu (Short)

1998 Balkanska ruleta (Short)

 

 

 

Drago Ivanusa’s score adds depth
— VARIETY 2005, REVIEW FOR FILM RUINS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Circus Fantasticus, 2008

 

 

Circus Fantasticus, 2008

 
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Music for theatre

 

Drago Ivanuša has started to write music for theatre in 1989 and has collaborated with main Slovene directors (Sebastijan Horvat, Dušan Jovanović, Meta Hočevar, Janez Pipan, Barbara Hieng Samobor and others) for Slovene and international theatres (Slovenian National Theatre Drama Ljubljana, Slovenian National Theatre Drama Maribor, Ljubljana City Theatre, SSG Trieste, Gavella Drama Theatre Zagreb, Yugoslav Drama Theatre Belgrade, The Croatian National Theatre Ivan Zajc pl, Rijeka and many others).

Significant part of his work is also writing music for contemporary dance performances. He collaborates with different choreographers: Iztok Kovač, Simone Sandroni, Tanja Zgonc, Matjaž Farič and others.

Ivanuša typically performs his music live; his other notable characteristics are sound interventions and strong dramaturgic features that often place his music in the centre of staged performances.

 

List of works for theatre:

2017 SLOVENIJA GORI!

2017 TEOREMA

2016 3 ZIME

2016 ANA KARENINA

2016 ILUZIJE

2016 MI, EVROPSKI MRLIČI

2016 PODSVET

2016 ŽALUJOČA DRUŽINA

2015 HLAPCI

2015 KO JE OTROK BIL OTROK

2015 KOMEDIJA O KONCU SVETA

2015 NAD GROBOM GLUPE EVROPE, HNK RIJEKA, CROATIA

2015 POZOR HUD PLES 2: VRNITEV LEGEND

2015 V REPUBLIKI SREČE

2014 HRVATSKI BOG MARS, GAVELLA ZAGREB, CROATIA

2014 I FEER SLOVENIA

2014 KRALJ LEAR: IZJAVA O ISKRENI LJUBEZNI

2014 MEDEJA

2014 SAMBA LANTANA

2013 '68, ZAVOD EN -KNAP

2013 BORIS, MILENA, RADKO

2013 MAJKA KOURAGE, HNK SPLIT, CROATIA

2013 TRIUMF LJUBEZNI

2012 KROJAČI SVETA - FUNERAL FASHION SHOW

2012 MATI

2012 OBUTI MAČKON

2011 DON JUAN SE VRNE IZ VOJNE

2011 GOGA, ČUDOVITO MESTO

2011 JUNAKI BREZ KRIL

2011 TRIPLE BILL, STAATSTHEATER OLDENBURG, GERMANY

2010 DRAMA O MIRJANI IN TISTIH OKROG NJE

2010 JAKOB RUDA

2010 OBISK STARE GOSPE

2010 TA MRAČNI PREDMET POŽELENJA

2009 EKG 10 MINUT, EN KNAP

2009 GOSPA MINISTRICA, POZORIŠTE NIŠ, SERBIA

2009 POMLADNO PREBUJENJE

2009 POT V JAJCE

2009 POTOVANJE V RIM (CARAVAGGIO)

2009 SPOVEDI

2008 GOSPA MINISTRICA

2008 LEPA VIDA

2008 MILO ZA DRAGO

2008 OSVAJALEC

2008 ZA NARODOV BLAGOR

2007 EKG, EN KNAP

2007 RAZTRGANCI / UČENCI IN UČITELJI

2007 ROMANTIČNE DUŠE

2007 TARTUFFE ALI PREVARANT

2006 ANA KARENINA

2006 GOSPODA GLEMBAJEVI

2006 MAČKA NA VROČI PLOČEVINASTI STREHI

2006 PREDTEM/POTEM

2006 RECI MOJI HČERI, DA SEM ŠLA NA POTOVANJE

2005 ALAMUT

2005 HAMLET, JDP BEOGRAD, SERBIA

2005 LET NAD KUKAVIČJIM GNEZDOM

2004 HRESTAČ

2004 ISKANJE IZGUBLJENEGA ČASA

2004 JULIJ CEZAR

2004 OBLIKA MIZE

2003 BLACK EVENT - PRIDEM TAKOJ

2003 ČISTI VRELEC LJUBEZNI

2003 MOLIJER - JOŠ JEDAN ŽIVOT, JDP BEOGRAD, SERBIA

2003 TROILUS IN KRESIDA

2003 UM

2003 VOLILO

2002 DALEČ STRAN

2002 KAKO POSTANEŠ GLAVNI

2002 MET KOCKE

2002 POHUJŠANJE

2002 ROMEO IN JULIJA

2002 ZAŠTIČENA ZONA, ZKM ZAGREB, CROATIA

2001 CYRANO DE BERGERAC

2001 EKSHIBICIONIST

2001 HU DIE

2001 KASANDRA

2001 POHUJŠANJE

2001 LEBEN MID DEM WURM, THEATER MBH, VIENNA, AUSTRIA

2001 PODVODNI MOŽ

2000 HOV HOV SUZANA

2000 KRALJ LEAR

2000 LORENZACCIO

2000 RIFLETOV ŠUŠTAR

2000 SPET KOSOVIRJI

1999 DESET STOPINJ POD NIČLO

1999 EVROPEJCI

1999 HINKEMANN

1999 JOŽA

1999 KLINIKA KOZARCKY

1999 MAKBET

1999 NOGE IN KRILA

1999 ZAVRATNE IGRE

1998 BAAL

1998 BAKANALIJE

1998 ION

1998 TUDI POLICAJE TRESEJO, MAR NE?

1997 ELIZABETH

1997 HIŠA

1997 IZ ŽIVLJENJA DEŽEVNIKOV

1997 KALIGULA

1997 MACBETH

1997 POVODNI MOŽ

1997 REŠENI

1997 TAKO JE UMRL ZARATUŠTRA

1997 UMOR V KATEDRALI

1996 ANTIGONA 1996

1996 LAŽNA IVANA

1996 PTIČKI BREZ GNEZDA

1996 TRI VISOKE ŽENSKE

1996 ZGODBE S PANJSKIH KONČNIC

1995 ARKADIJA

1995 ČAROBNI NAPOJ ALI SATANARHEOLAŽGENIALNI PUNČ ŽELJA

1995 INŠTRUKCIJA

1995 LJUDOŽERCI

1995 SNEGULJČICA

1995 TRI SESTRE

1994 ELSINOR

1994 GALEB

1994 HAMLET

1994 LJUDOMRZNEŽ

1994 ODKRUŠKI

1994 KARAMAZOVI

1994 POMLADNO PREBUJENJE

1994 ŽIVITE KOT SVINJE (LIVE LIKE PIGS)

1993 DARITEV NA GROBU

1993 POHUJŠANJE V DOLINI ŠENTFLORJANSKI, THEATER IM KURBIS, WIES, AUSTRIA

1991 ANEKS, MLADINSKO GLEDALIŠČE RUSLI, MARIBOR

 
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Discography

 

SELECTED DISCOGRAPHY

 

Ivanuša&Kugler, Whitman, 2013

Ivanuša&Kugler, Ivanuša + Kugler, 2012

 

Brina, Slečena koža, 2011

Brina, Pasja legenda, 2006

Brina, Mlado leto, 2005

 

Bossa de Novo, Nova, 2009

Bossa de Novo, Vivo, 2006

 

Godalika, Time to start, 2006

 

Hotel Ideal, Pohujšanje, 2002

 

Štefbet Rifi, Juhu, 2001

 

Porno film V leru, Glasba za 2 filma, Drago Ivanuša, 2001

 

Bast, Bast, 2000

 

Tako je umrl Zaratuštra, Drago Ivanuša, 1997

 

Video

 

Videos from Ivanuša's solo, band projects and music for commercials.

Bands

3 minutes - Ivanuša + Kugler

Whitman Ljubljana concert - Ivanuša & Kugler

Ne prižigaj luči - Bossa de Novo

Nočka - Brina Skopje concert

Sister Remember  - Bast

 

Joy Shipmate Joy - Ivanuša & Kugler

In-sen-sa-tez - Drago Ivanuša

Selma - Bossa de Novo

Katica - Brina Skopje concert

 

Ti si skritost - Neža Trobec, Godalika


Commercials

Cockta First One  - directed by Gregor Vesel

 

Mobitel  - directed by Gregor Vesel

 

Petrol - directed by Gregor Vesel

 

Mobitel Words - directed by Gregor Vesel

 

Mobitel MMS - directed by Gregor Vesel

 

Belinka - directed by Gregor Vesel