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Nikola Kodjabashia: the soundtrack to a life

l Nikola Kodjabashia was born in 1970 in Macedonia, where he studied music before continuing his studies in Bucharest and at King's College, London, under Harrison Birtwistle.

l Kodjabashia's first job in theatre was as musical director of Sir Peter Hall's production of The Bacchai at the National Theatre in London.

l Since then, Kodjabashia has composed scores for Penelope X (Macedonian National Opera), Kafka's Monkey (Young Vic), Scorched (Old Vic); Wedding Day of the Cro Magnons (Soho Theatre/Dialogue Productions); Helter Skelter/Land of the Dead, Monsieur Ibrahim and the Flowers of the Qu'ran (Bush Theatre/Dialogue Productions) and the Olivier award-winning Jonathan Kent's production of Hecuba (Donmar Warehouse).


l With Dominic Hill, Kodjabashia has scored The Three Musketeers and the Princess of Spain at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh and the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, and Crime and Punishment and Hamlet at the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow.

l Outside of the theatre, Kodjabashia's compositions include Die Hamletmachine (1997), Sinphonia (1998), Hymn (1998), Yellow Sostenuto (1999) and Explosion of a Memory (2000), as well as Ludus Gothicus (2001), Gaudi's Bed (2001), Neuromancer (2001), Bildbeschreibung (2001), Single Will (2002) and The Birds (2002).

Commissions include scores for Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble and BBC Singers.

Kodjabashia has composed for the award-winning film Defining Fay (2012), Dear Ana (2011), and BBC Arena documentaries including Green Pages.

l Kodjabashia has released three albums on ReR records; Reveries of the Solitary Walker (2004), The Most of Now (2008), Explosion of a Memory (2010), and one, Penelope X (2011), recorded with Foltin featuring Goce Stevkovski, on Filter Records.



Nikola Kodjabashia: the soundtrack to a life Nikola Kodjabashia: the soundtrack to a life Reviewed by Makedonets on Dienstag, November 25, 2014 Rating: 5

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