Dr. Igor Karača is a Bosnian composer and pianist of classical and jazz music. Most of Karača's work has been for chamber ensembles and electronic media. He employs a wide variety of techniques, ranging from controlled aleatoric, free-jazz inspired textures, to more traditional, neoclassical style; he usually aims to make his work accessible to a relatively large audience.
After taking private music lessons, Karača studied music at the Academy of Music in Sarajevo under Josip Magdić and Andjelka Bego-Simunić. He graduated in 1996 with a BM in music composition, and has since been a guest at different masterclasses in Europe, working with Boguslaw Schaeffer, Klaus Huber, Helmut Lachenmann, Marc-André Dalbavie and Marco Stroppa, among others.
In 1999 Karača came to United States to study composition with Dr. Thomas Wells at the Ohio State University, from which he received his DMA in 2005.
Igor Karača has written three symphonies, suite for wind ensemble, concertante works for clarinet and piano, twenty electro-acoustic compositions, over seventy chamber compositions, including the award-wining Wind Trio, Between Walls for violin, clarinet and piano, and Handful of Dust for bass clarinet and piano. Karača composed dramatic scores for three motion pictures: A House Over the Rainbow, Sarajevo War Diary and Tell Me Your Name Again, and three theater plays: Twelfth Night, Fate of a Cockroach and Requiem for 'Bird' Parker.
Recent performances include premieres in the USA, Croatia, Serbia, Switzerland and the Netherlands, and other performances in Germany, Italy, France, Austria, Poland, Sweden, and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
He was a member of Sarajevo Jazz Quartet, jazz quintet Happy End and Bosnian pop-rock band Punkt, for which he played piano, Hammond organ and electronic keyboards.
Dr. Karača is teaching courses on music composition, counterpoint, jazz improvisation, orchestration, technology and theory at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. He is a Visiting Full Professor of Music at Sarajevo Music Academy, Bosnia-Herzegovina.
■ CD "BRIGHT MOODS" | MILICA JELAČA JOVANOVIĆ
Journeys Through Time and Space Guided by the Piano Music of Bartók, Briggs, Karača, Prokofiev, Radić, Radovanović, Sommer
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Now available on Amazon and MSR Classics.
■ KARAČA'S NEW ELECTROACOUSTIC ALBUM "Rituelle" is now available on Dark Winter label!
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"Rituelle" is a long-form ambient exploration featuring muted, long-echoing, cloudy notes, fading from tonelessness into tone-clusters. This is a soundscape for contemplating exotic astrophysical phenomena: interstellar clouds, cosmic background radiation, and the musical event horizons of mysterious black holes.
■ IGOR'S NEW TEXTBOOK "Uvod u muzičku tehnologiju" ("An Introduction to Music Technology") [December 2013] provides a clear and concise overview of the essential elements of music technology for today's musician. Publisher: University of Sarajevo.
■ "Between Walls," Fall 2013. Geneva, Switzerland.
■ "The Night Has A Thousand Eyes," Winter 2013. SCI National Conference, Columbus, OH.
■ "Handful of Dust," Winter 2013. Carnegie Hall, New York.
■ "Nocturne No.1," Summer 2012. Paris, France.
■ My electro-acoustic composition "Cloak of Shadows” has been selected for the 2014 SCI Region VIII Conference at the University of Puget Sound on March 7-8, 2014.
■ Igor's new drum and percussion kits, rhythmic patterns and synthesized sounds for Propellerhead Reason Rack Extensions "BOOM 808," "Tick Tick," "CV Mutant," and "Table Oscillator" can be previewed here.