Grgur Savic (*1983 in Zagreb, Croatia) – composer, soundist and improviser based in Berlin since 2015
The work of Grgur Savic include different mixed sound experiments and visual media outputs. Predominantly experimental, intuitive and non-linear, creating through numerous different mediums and technologies such as graphic scoring, live performance – working largely in different electro-acoustic environments. He uses an array of different types of wind, string and electronic instruments (saxophones, clarinets, pipes, objects, no input mixing…). Grgur knows how to mediate between interactive and discipline – though more lately he explores the combination of amplified acoustic instruments and objects with main interest to closely blend or to recreate the sounds from different types of human made machines, surroundings or conditions in which a person, animal or plant lives or operates.
Grgur Savic graduated music academic studies – classical Saxophone at the University Of Performing Arts in Graz, Austria (class of Peter Straub and Gerald Preinfalk) and studied jazz improvisation at “KONSE” Kärntner State Conservatory of Music and Theatre in Klagenfurt. He mainly performs and collaborates with other artists, mostly musicians and new media creatives with a contemporary approach such as Sanja Star, Rieko Okuda, Richard Scott, Daniel Craig, Ute Wassermann, Samuel Hall, Emilio Gordoa, Ignaz Schick to name a few. Since moving to Berlin in 2015, he actively performs and records his main projects:
PITCH SHIFTING (together with Sanja Star), audiovisual duo, collaborating with other contemporary musician artists. GRGUR SAVIC – VORTEX FOUR (with Brad Henkel, Matheus Jardim and Ivar Roban Krizic), experimental acoustic quartet. THE FORM ENSEMBLE (feat. Berlin local and international artists), performing unconventional notated compositions and graphical scores. SPACE TIGERS BERLIN (with Vanja Kevresan), electro-acoustic trio. Notable past colaborations include Free Willys – conceptual free music trio, The Unleashed Bop Force – post bop fusion quintet, Mangroove – experimental fusion band. In between scoring, recording and playing shows, Grgur is practicing music production, filming and video editing which are involved in major of his music videos. His music is available through the physical and digital releases.
Grgur has performed with the following artists such as Tomomi Adachi, Rieko Okuda, Richard Scott, Ignaz Schick, Ute Wassermann, Anil Eraslan, Marina Džukljev, Willi Kellers, Samuel Hall, Quentin Tolimieri, Antonio Borgini, Oliver Steidle, Yorgos Dimitriadis, Sofia Borges, Henrik Munkeby Nørstebø, Chris Hill, Emilio Gordoa, Carina Khorkhordina, Rudi Fischerlehner, Sanja Star, Krunoslav Levačić, Gerald Preinfalk, Vanja Kevrešan, Bojan Krhlanko, Pavle Jovanović, Domen Gnezda, Zvonimir Šestak, Borko Rupena, Igor Lumpert, Marko Churntchetz, Ivar Roban Križić, Jure Pukl, Mark Pringle, Marcelo Busato, Daniel Craig…
Sonic Matter – Festival For Experimental Music, CTM Transmediale, LPM – Live Performers Meeting, MBZ – Music Biennale Zagreb – 60th Anniversary, 6th Silk Road International Art Festival, Audioart 13 – Experimental & Improvised Music Festival, Berliner Festspiele – Taylor Mac, OCT – LOFT Jazz Festival, Belgrade Jazz Festival, Prilep Jazz Weekend, Jeff Festival.
GRANTS AND AWARDS:
MUSIKFONDS Stipendienprogramm im Rahmen von Neuestart Kultur STIP III / 2022/23, SONIC MATTER Festival, selected electroacoustic works / 2022, DMR Stipendienprogramm im Rahmen von NEUSTART KULTUR / 2022, Sonderstipendium INITIAL der Akademie der Künste / 2021
Reiner Hess Abstract Art Ensemble (DE, Berlin), Criorchestra (HR, Pula)