Jelena Jovanović

Belgrade / Serbia

She is an ethnomusicologist and singer. She works at the Institute of Musicology of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts in Belgrade. She received her PhD degree for the dissertation “Vocal traditions of the Jasenica region in the light of ethnogenetic processes” at the Department of Ethnomusicology in the Faculty of Music of Belgrade University (2010). Since the 1980s, she has conducted her field studies in central Serbia (Šumadija region). She is the author of several monographs devoted to vocal and instrumental music traditions of the region; she received instruction in folk song performing from the greatest Serbian singers of traditional music, such as Miroslava Prokić, Stanimirka Vasić and Olga Krasojević. She is a member and co-founder of the Moba women’s vocal group, performing vocal music from different regions of Serbia. Since 2002, she has worked as an expert and teacher of a young vocal group promoted by the Oplenac Art and Cultural Association based in Topola (Šumadija) region, performing vocal music in accordance with local traditions pursued in the region. Jovanović is the author, co-author and co-editor of more than ten books and CDs with recordings of local music. In her work, she is especially focused on musical dialects and identity expressed in the renewal of music traditions in the cities, as well as issues from the field of applied ethnomusicology. In 2003, she was awarded by the Serbian Ministry of Science for her scientific achievements. Since 2006, she has cooperated with the “Muzyka Kresów” Foundation by teaching traditional Serbian songs during International Summer School of Traditional Music workshops.

During the OLDEST SONGS OF EUROPE FESTIVAL 2018, Jelena Jovanović will conduct a workshop on traditional Serbian songs. Workshop participants: Anna Kolanecka, Dorota Maciejuk, Alicja Malszycka, Marzena Makaruk, Helena Sokołowska and Maria Wiernikowska will then perform together with Jelena Jovanović during the concert on 7th October 2018.

Jelena Jovanović
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Photo: Roman Reinfuss (from the collection of Museum of Folk Architecture in Sanok)