Dubravko Detoni

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1937 –
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Croatian composer and writer Dubravko Detoni (born 1937, Križevci) is Croatia’s leading composer and most prominent artist with more than 42 record releases, mostly on Jugoton (known today as Croatia Records). In 1970, he founded the world famous new music ensemble ACEZANTEZ aka Ansambl CEntra ZA Nove TEndencije Zagreb (= Zagreb Ensemble Center for New Tendencies) to play his own music and that of a few other composers. The orchestra is not afraid of music happenings, poetry readings and any original idea leader Detoni might come up with. A commemorative book on ACEZANTEZ was published in 1999 by Raul Kneževic ed, Godina Izdanja publisher. Clive Graham’s Paradigm label released a collection of the orchestra’s interpretations of Detoni’s music based on 3 Jugoton LPs from the mid-1970s. Detoni now works as producer and music editor for national TV and radio network HRT. He published essays, poetry and fiction books – some of his short poems in english translation can be found here. Detoni’s composing style blends contemporary, Darmstadt-influenced compositions (think Nono and Ligeti), musique concrete, cut ups, electronic sound treatment applied to voices or instruments, improvisation and theatrical gestures.
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