TinyMental: Inner Disposition
“This music sounds as if the world was moving backwards.” (Lu Jovanović Burazin)
Pavle Jovanović (guitar) and Bojan Krhlanko (drums) – sharing a long-standing friendship, joint attendance in jazz studies, playing music together and having a common interest in experimental, improvised music and electroacoustic composition – decided to explore the extended duo format. In addition to extended techniques of performing their primary instruments, guitar and drums, the Croatian-Slovenian duo TinyMental expands using electronic effects and digital sound design by employing samples, granulation, field recordings and digital sound synthesis. The initial impulse for the comprovisation (a combination of composition and improvisation) was exploring one’s own emotional states of the negative spectrum through musical expression, such as anxiety, depression, loneliness, or fear. Taking the subjective attachment of emotions to sound as their starting point, Jovanović and Krhlanko set out to explore their mutual communication in the musical process, as well as the differences and correlations between acoustic and electronic sound, their timbres, textures and extremes in dynamics.
Inner Disposition was created during an artistic residency produced by KONTEJNER Zagreb. The project was developed as part of KONTEJNER’s production platform UradiSam_ARTLAB and in collaboration with curator and musicologist Davorka Begović.
Pavle Jovanović (Zagreb, 1983) earned a degree in jazz guitar at the music conservatory in Klagenfurt, in the class of professor Agostino Di Giorgio, in 2011. After his studies, he returned to Zagreb, where he has collaborated with various musicians and ensembles such as the Croatian Radiotelevision Big Band, the Cantus Ensemble and the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb. At the same time, he launched his own projects Cromatik 5 and PEEK 3, exploring jazz composition and improvisation. Alongside Zoran Šćekić, he co-founded the Abstract Construction Collective in 2016, which bases its expression on free improvisation and graphic music scores, performing with Chris Jarrett at the 2017 Music Biennale Zagreb. In 2020, he earned his Master’s degree in jazz guitar in Vienna, in the class of professor Martin Koller. He works as a pedagogue in the field of classical, jazz and experimental music.
A self-taught drummer, Bojan Krhlanko (Celje, 1985) was invited to play in the experimental industrial collective The Stroj in 2001, going on to perform around the world with them. The same year he enrolled in the study of jazz-pop drumming at the conservatory in Klagenfurt, in the class of professor Bachtraegl, graduating in 2012 in the class of professor Marktl. He has vast pedagogical experience in music with many years of leading drumming workshops and teaching at several music schools. Since 2017, he has been a member of the cult Slovenian band Laibach.