Dr. Igor Karaca is a Bosnian composer and pianist of classical and jazz music. Most of Karaca'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, Karaca studied music at the Academy of Music in Sarajevo under Josip Magdic and Andjelka Bego-Simunic. 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 Karaca 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 Karaca has written three symphonies, suite for concert band, concertante works for clarinet and piano, twenty electronic and 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. Karaca 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 and the Netherlands, and other performances in Germany, France, Austria, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
He was also 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.
Currently, Dr. Karaca is teaching courses on music composition, counterpoint, music technology and music theory at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater.
Karaca's new electroacoustic album "Rituelle" 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.
Listen to my music on Soundcloud.