Portraitkonzert Mirela Ivičević

Black Page Orchestra

Musik 2021/22 TONLAGEN
Black Page Orchestra, Foto: Igor Ripak

The ensemble for radical and uncompromising music of our time, the “Black Page Orchestra”, founded in Vienna in 2014, is a guest at HELLERAU and dedicates a portrait concert to Mirela Ivičević.

The orchestra was named after Frank Zappa’s composition the black page, a piece whose score is almost black due to its high note density. In addition to this aesthetic approach, the ensemble focuses on works that artistically incorporate electronics, video and various current technologies, as well as compositions whose performative character goes far beyond a conventional classical concert setting. Experimental and versatile programming is an essential concern of the collective.

Mirela Ivičević was born in Split, Croatia, in 1980. She studied composition and music theory with Željko Brkanović at the Music Academy in Zagreb and composition with Beat Furrer at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz. She also attended composition courses in Austria and the Netherlands with Georg Friedrich Haas and Louis Andriessen. She currently lives in her adopted city of Vienna, where she is co-founder of the “Black Page Orchestra”. Her work focuses on the subversive potential of sounds as well as conceptual and intermedial works that re-contextualise sonic products of everyday life.


Orgy of References (2012)
for soprano and electronics 
Kaoko Amano, soprano

The F SonG (2014)
for ensemble and electronics

Scarlet Song (2015)
for percussion and electronics
Kaja Farszky, percussion

Dreamwork (2018)
for ensemble, electronics and film 

Baby Magnify (2017)
for ensemble

Jinx! (2016)
for soprano and soprano saxophone 

Case Black (2016)
for ensemble and electronics


With a ticket already purchased as part of TONLAGEN (except “Composers for Breakfast”) from November 2021, a ticket with a 50% discount can be purchased. Bookable only at the Visitor Centre or at the box office.

Black Page Orchestra
Conductor: Juan Martin Miceli
Kaoko Amano, soprano
Elena Gabbrielli, flutes
Florian Fennes, clarinets
Georg Palmanshofer, saxophones
Ruben Mattia Santorsa, eguitar
Alfredo Ovalles, piano
Igor Gross, percussion
Kaja Farszky, percussion
Fani Vovoni, violin
Rafal Zalech, viola
Irene Frank, cello
Matthias Kranebitter, electronics
Christina Bauer, sound engineer
Juan Martin Miceli, conductor

Ivičević, Mirela Composition
* Split (HRV), lives in Vienna
Mirela Ivičević studied composition and music theory at the Music Academy in Zagreb with Željko Brkanović, media composition and applied music with Klaus-Peter Sattler in Vienna and composition with Beat Furrer in Graz. The subversive potential of sound is at the centre of her work. Conceptual and intermedial works that recontextualise the sonic, media and other (by-)products of everyday life form the essential part of her work.

Mirela Ivičević is one of the co-founders of the Viennese ensemble for radical and uncompromising music of our time, The Black Page Orchestra. From 2010 to 2016, she worked as co-curator and producer of the Dani Nove Glazbe Split festival.

She has received, among others, the State Scholarship of the Austrian Federal Chancellery, the Josip Štolcer Slavenski Prize (for PLANET 8) and the scholarship of the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Programme.

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As part of TONLAGEN – 30th Dresden Contemporary Music Days, funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation and the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony.