Posted By : Jeff Moore
Piece Title : Trio per Uno
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Composer / Arranger : Zivkovic, Nebojsa Jovan (1962-)
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Nebojsa Jovan Zivkovic

Hailed by the critics as one of the most unique and expressive marimba and percussion artists in the field today, Nebojsa Jovan Zivkovic has greatly influenced the international percussion scene during the last two decades – as both a masterful composer and virtuoso performer.  Despite his cosmopolitan lifestyle and attitude, Zivkovic has always preserved his “Slavic soul” which makes his compositions and performances a unique emotional experience.  Concert tours have led him throughout Europe, from Siberia to Spain, from Greece to Finland, repeatedly in Asia, and annually through Latin and North America.

His groundbreaking compositions for marimba and percussion have set new performing standards, and his captivating and energetic performances have influenced generations of marimbists. Many of Zivkovic’s compositions ( for example: Ilijas, Ultimatum1, Trio per uno ) have become popular standards in contemporary percussion repertoire world-wide. His symphonic works are performed by top orchestras, such as the: National Symphony Orchestra, Washington D.C.; BBC Concert Orchestra, London; Orchestra di Santa Cecilia, Rome; Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra; and The Northern Sinfonia in Newcastle, UK. In addition to his thrilling and challenging concert works, he has composed many pieces for younger players. In particular, the pedagogical compositions from his “FUNNY MALLETS SERIES” are among the world’s best sold works for mallet instruments.  With over three hundred performances of his works each year in so far over fifty countries world wide, Zivkovic is one of the most frequently performed composers of marimba and percussion music.

As a charismatic soloist, mostly with his own marimba and percussion concertos, Zivkovic has performed with the: Stuttgart Philharmonic; Munich Symphonic; Bochum Phiharmonic; Austrian Chamber Symphony; Hannover Radio Symphony; Bielefeld Philharmonic; Belgrade Philharmonic; Slovenian Philharmonic; Slovenian Radio Symphony Orchestra; National Orchestra of Costa Rica, Minnesota Orchestra; and many others. He has also performed in such prestigious venues as the Viennas “Konzerthaus”, National Recital Hall Taipei, and the Stockholms “Nybrokajen”. In addition to his composing and concert activities, he gives master classes and seminars in Europe, Asia, Mexico and regularly through the USA. 

For over twenty years now Zivkovic has performed exclusively on YAMAHA MARIMBAS, since this is the instrument that perfectly fits all his needs, beside he is also using Zildjian Cymbals, Meinl percussion, Evans drumheads and Mapex concert toms/drums.  For more information on current projects, concert dates, compositions and CD’s, please visit:

Total Number of Percussionists Required :3 Percussionist(s)
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TRIO PER UNO (1995/1999) consists of three movements. The edge-movements have some similarities in manner and appears as if they would present a perfection of wildness in an archaic ritual cult. The second movement has its own special lyric and contemplative mood. The opening one requires a bass drum (lying flat) played with timbale sticks by all three players. In addition to that sound, a pair of bongos and china-gongs are used by each player. The claim for playing on the same instrument makes in the music interesting effects of strict unison performed parts which are “abrupt” by the contrasting sounds of other participating instruments. Not to count the brilliant view-effect for the audience in the public performing. Slow (second) movement is based on the contemplative melody in crotales played by one player accompanied by vibraphone pattern with meditative character by two other performers (playing on one vibraphone, but two may be used too, if easier to perform) . This middle movement is an isle of quietness between two “vulcanos”, in both atmosphere and instrumentation. Speed and energy might be the right “keywords” for the closing movement. Composer  calls here for two tom-toms and one snare drum for each of the three performers. The music here expresses the principle: „three bodies – one soul“. The large number of different rhythmic patterns mostly played in unison, but also split  between the players in a „trialogue“, exactly show the mentioned principle. Possibility of improvisation in the 1st and in the 3rd  movement of the trio just makes the piece more interesting and, at the same time, opens the way for the free streaming of the drum-energy, without any obligation to the “written text”.- Nebojsa Jovan Zivkovic

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Posted By : dabush33    Date Posted: 05 July 2011 07:27:28 PM
Ensemble Impulse preforming the first movement. from my graduation recital soon, hopefully, a proper video and not a link. enjoy!
Posted By : Jeff Moore    Date Posted: 26 February 2009 03:54:00 AM
3 Movements. Lots of interplay. You will need some fast single strokes to play this.
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