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Ivana Vuksanović

[Pušić, Antonije]

(b Herceg Novi, June 14, 1963). Serbian musician, conceptual media artist, and performer, of Montenegrin birth. His artistic concept shows typically postmodern features: a synthesis of different musical styles (jazz, rock, hip hop, drum and bass, funk), ludic intertextual references (to theatre, film, music, literature), witty lyrics (about Balkan mentality, demagogy, local glamour and glitter, poltroonery, etc.), a camp aesthetic, and the extravagance of the public image. These all serve as a subversive critique of today’s media culture. Rambo’s professional biography consists of 20 albums, a huge number of concerts, theatre and film music, and bizarre public projects/performances including Pasija za 28 usisivača (‘Passion for 28 Vacuum Cleaners’), the redecoration of the men’s room at the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade, and appearing on a TV programme with a cardboard box on his head. He wrote music for theatrical plays including Đetić u parlament (‘Montenegrin Boy in Parliament’), ...

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Karel Steinmetz and Geoffrey Chew

(b Plzeň [Pilsen], July 14, 1939; d Prague, Oct 1, 2019). Czech pop singer, actor, and painter. The best-known and most successful Czech pop singer of the 20th and 21st centuries. In his youth Gott aspired to become a painter, and after completing his schooling in Plzeň, he applied to study art in Prague. After failing to be admitted, he trained as an electrician, and during his training devoted himself also to singing. He began by studying as an opera singer (lyric tenor) with Konstantin Karenin, a pupil of Chaliapin, at first at the Prague Conservatoire and later privately. In 1962 he was engaged at the Semafor Theatre in Prague of Jiří Suchý and Jiří Šlitr, where he achieved great success singing the songs of Suchý and Šlitr; in 1963 he won the Zlatý slavík (‘Golden Nightingale’) poll for the first time, with the hit Oči má sněhem zaváté...

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Joyce Mekeel in the late 1960s

Harvard University, Radcliffe Archives, W367379_1

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Diane Ota

revised by Christina Linklater

(b New Haven, CT, July 6, 1931; d Watertown, MA, Dec 29, 1997). American composer, teacher, and artist. A lifelong collaborator with a keen sense of community, Joyce Mekeel worked closely with many American ensembles and performers, developing music to suit their interests and abilities. She wrote ensemble music for Richard Pittman and Boston Musica Viva (Rune, flute and percussion, 1977; Corridors of Dream, mezzo-soprano, instrumental ensemble, 1972), Alea III (Tessera, harpsichord and instrumental ensemble, 1981), and the Empire Brass Quintet (Homages, 1973), and a solo piece for the flautist Fenwick Smith (The Shape of Silence, 1969). Mekeel directed the electronic music studio at Boston University. Her Moveable Feast (1973–4) is a site-specific work which was performed at several Boston locations and included a real-time electronic component. Other electro-acoustic works include Sigil (1980–81, revised 1997) and ...

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Joyce Mekeel’s 1955 French identity card

Ms. Coll. 104. Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library, Harvard University