In addition to traditional solo and chamber music performances, Svetozar Ivanov designs and presents unusual concert formats combining music with other art forms: documentary footage, art films, animation, poetry, short stories, live dance, paintings, lighting design, prerecorded material, live streaming, etc.
Multimedia recitals for solo piano:
Romance Sentimentale - footage from Sergei Eisenstein's 1930 film "Romance Sentimentale" and Dimitri Kirsanoff's 1929 film "Brumes d'Autumne". Music by Berio, Scriabin, Schoenberg, Ustvolskaya, and Crumb.
Black Ten - inspired by Julio Cortazar's last poem Negro el Diez. Music by J.S.Bach, Robert Helps, Augusta Read Thomas, and David Del Tredici; Serigraphs by Luis Tomasello, documentary footage.
The Blood of a Poet - inspired by Jean Cocteau’s film “Le sang d'un poet”. Music by Satie, Cage, Stravinsky, Barber, Cowell, and Scriabin.
Short Stories – dada-like collage of piano music and film footage from the first half of 20th Century combined with live structured dance improvisation.
A Century Begins – music, poetry, paintings and documentary footage from the years leading to World War I.
Vers la flamme – piano music by Scriabin and special color lighting inspired by the composer’s “color hearing” principles used in his orchestral work “Prometheus”.
Scriabin and Russian Symbolism – lecture recital exploring connections between Russian Symbolist ideas and Scriabin’s music and philosophy; performances of Scriabin’s late piano music, poetry, philosophical readings, and paintings by representatives of Russian Symbolism.
Multimedia recitals for violin and piano (Stuart-Ivanov Duo):
Armoire - the violin/piano music of Nikolai Roslavets combined with documentary footage from Soviet Russia, Soviet animation, and poetry by Anna Akhmatova and Marina Tsvetaeva.
Last Year at Marienbad – violin/piano-harpsichord music from the early French Baroque and 20th Century combined with footage from Alain Resnais’ film “L’année dernière à Marienbad”.
Dreamtigers – collage of violin/piano works by 20th Century composers combined with poems by e.e.cummings and short stories by Jorge Luis Borges.