I am a Portland-based pianist and composer. By blending the sounds of the Old World with contemporary Western music, I transform piano into a modern-day folk instrument with unique interpretations of traditional folk songs and original, folk music-inspired compositions.
Although I perform music from all over the Mediterranean, I concentrate on the vibrant sound of Balkan music, including songs from Macedonia, my native Serbia, and beyond. I further explore these folk melodies and their unique time-signatures — characteristic of the music from Balkan lands — by turning the melodies into delicate musical tales and revisiting them in a non-traditional, minimalist context.
My continuous search for beauty and simplicity in music gives my solo piano explorations a peaceful, reflective mood, as evident in my latest solo piano album “Under the Sacred Tree.”