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Episode 08: Nurturing Orchids and Preserving Slovak Identity through Music & Love with Juraj Kojš

In this episode, composer, performer, and sound artist Juraj Kojš discusses his heritage and how he combines plants, orchids, and technologies to make multimedia events and sound installations. As someone tied to his Slovakian origin, Juraj creates multiple works to explore topics related to his origin and immigration in general.

About Juraj Kojs

Juraj Kojš (Slovakia/USA) is a composer, performer, and sound designer. Juraj has been exploring music, sound art, theater, poetry, dance, mixed media, multimedia, bioacoustics, and technologies as a creator and performer. He called himself an artphibian, the artist whose practice resides on the border between different artistic disciplines. Kojš’s commissions include The Knight Foundation, Meet the Composer, Harvestworks, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Miami Theater Center, and Live Arts Miami. Juraj received awards in Europe – A Sound Panorama, Eastman Electroacoustic Composition, Performance Competition, and the Digital Art Award. His research can be read in Organized Sound, Leonardo Music Journal, and Computer Music Journal. Kojš directs FETA Foundation and is an Associate Professor of Professional Practice at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music.

Juraj’s book recommendation to our listeners

In Search of a Concrete Music by Pierre Schaeffer, translated by Ch. North and J. Dack, University of California Press, 2012.

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Pedja Kovačević
Pedja Kovačević

Pedja Kovačević is a Serbian-born musicologist, concert producer, and music producer who founded Soundologia. He moved to the United States in 2018 and graduated in Music Management and Production from Florida International University's School of Music. Pedja has extensive experience in music education, music business, and audio production. He has taught a course on experimental and electro-acoustic music at FIU's School of Music, overseeing concerts and handling sound and tech duties. He has worked as a program coordinator and music administrator at various music and arts schools in Miami.

As a musicologist and music writer, Pedja has published articles on music and presented studies at international conferences and forums in the U.S., Poland, Greece, and Serbia. His writings explore the relationship between music and other art forms, such as painting, architecture, poetry, prose, and photography. In one of his papers, Pedja presents a new perspective on the aesthetic aspects of sound through Deep Listening, a concept introduced by American composer Pauline Oliveros. Pedja promotes experimental and electronic music and with his guests discuss their experimental music projects.

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