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"The Great Water Kiril Dzajkovski"

By Nenad Georgievski

Kiril’s music for the film The Great Water reveals the composer’s diverse approach to his craft, which ranges from tribal/ethnic-inspired pieces to more modern classical works. The incredible music experience could fit into many categories, including world music, ambient and classical. An accomplished composer and keyboardist, Kiril earned broad critical acclaim for his eclectic fusion of classicism, electronica and traditional elements on the soundtracks for Dust and Balcancan.

The Great Water is a political drama based on a novel by Macedonian writer Zhivko Chingo, dealing with the situation in post-WWII communist Macedonia, powerfully portrayed through the events occuring at an orphanage whose real purpose was not the care of children, but their political indoctrination.

The music bears all of Kiril’s trademarks but within a different context and relying upon an approach which makes it different from his previous efforts within this genre. There is a variety of mood and texture throughout, but above all there is a unique vision that mixes strings with occasional traditional instruments such as kaval, kanun, drums and zurla. This blend of different styles and instruments is certainly not a haphazard experiment in virtuosity—Kiril integrates these instruments and influences into a unique mix that pushes the music into the land of fantasy and mystery.

The opening tracks (”Chasing Lem,” “Blood Brothers”) are characterised by hypnotic tribal percussion in the forefront with deep melodies as an undercurrent. “The Great Water,” “The Gate” and “Timelapse” feature beautifully scored string sections. As the story unfolds, the music becomes less dominated by percussion and the melodies that were in the background come to the fore.

”First Magic” is a slow track that features an ethnic violin, unfolding elements even more slowly before percussion enters the track about three-quarters of the way through and changes the direction before it again falls away. “Dream Box,” a waltz-like piece with a simple but very effective melody, is one of the standout compositions on this album.

Richly produced, The Great Water marks a further evolution for Kiril’s ever evolving sound worlds. It is an incredible, intense and enchanting musical experience with a huge emotional impact. - AG Records


"Dust" is a great-looking film of vast scope, and cinematographer Barry Ackroyd brings it a rich texture and bold panache, which could also be said of David Munns' imaginative and detailed production design and Kiril Dzajkovski's score.
By Kevin Thomas
Times Staff Writer


"dust soundtrack"

E' una musica struggente, dai toni elegiaci, con fiati appena accennati , che evoca i paesaggi brulli e rocciosi della Macedonia inizio '900, teatro dei conflitti narrati dal film. Questo lavoro di Dzajkovski si fa apprezzare in particolare per le atmosfere sensuali e melanconiche di 'Dust to dust', per i richiami ancestrali di 'Angela's dream' e gli echi elettrici di 'Primitive science', dove l'eterea voce femminile si coniuga al ritmo pulsante elettronic.
- Vivilcinema, 11.01.02

"Religion & sex"

With the last album RELIGION & SEX, first for the "Third Ear" Production label and the soundtrack for the Milcho Manchevski's film DUST, Kiril Dzhajkovski finishes the circle which drawing started (in the midst 80's) with the first Macedonian electro-pop band BASTION. Finally, his music, that incredibly exciting juncture of contemporary electro "loops" with the emotional heights of the Macedonian folklore and ethno legacy, is a noticeable segment of the whole contemporary global sound offer. "We don't live in vacuum. We are not stupid. We think! Our music begins from the rhythm, but it doesn't ends there. It's in our hearts and it's in our heads. It has its own and unique universal message" - among the other, Kiril Dzhajkovski would say in one of his interviews, on the eve of the promotion of the first (and only) album called "Bastion" in 1984, by his first serious band BASTION (his previous bands POST SCRIPTUM and BERZA were nice high-school fun with the friends and nothing more than that). This band is probably the first that suffocated the primitivism and conservatism in our environment in the 80's. Besides Kiril, the other members were Ljubisha Stoisavlevic - Kuchkar and the actress and singer Ana Kostovska. But, the significant part in the work of this band has, also, Milcho Manchevski. Then, the young director Manchevski, who gained his education and profession on the other side of the Atlantic, worked on the texts for the album, filmed two video-spots (Hot day's in Mexico and Colors). The video clips were banned immediately (?!) by the eager "defenders of the order" from the National TV Channel. So, it's understandable why Manchevski was considered as a fourth member of the band. Also, BASTION did the music score for the Manchevski's short feature Musaka, a feature that (you already guess) from unknown and unclear "financial or else" reasons (claimed by some "authorities" here), remained on the stadium of a script. Such a fuss was made that this feature ended in a "bunker" till today. BASTION, in spite of the desired (and necessary) media support, and in spite of the very good reception by the critics in former Yugoslavia, soon and unexpectedly quick, ended its adventure. "The highest, the invincible citadel tower" remained to be testimony of some different (and not only sound) thoughts of one generation whose restless rebellion couldn't be burnt to ashes by those - blinded and run-over by the time. But, every period stands with its own indestructible stupidity. The end of this Odyssey, for Kiril Dzhajkovski meant a start of a different life experience. In the period of 1987-89, he took a stand behind the keyboards of the legendary Macedonian band LEB I SOL, imprinting a part of his author's credo on the two (probably the most commercial) albums of this band: Kako Kakao (Like a Cocoa) in 1987, and Patuvame (We Travel) in 1989, both originally published by, at the time, powerful Yugoton from Zagreb. Since the beginning of the 90's, and almost until the end of the 20th century, Kiril lives on the relation Skopje - Melbourne and vice versa. In the surrounding where the laws of commercial discography business rule, and where the success mainly depends on the perception capacities of the (under) average auditorium, he became a member of the band called RAZORBRAIN (musically kindred to BASTION). After the two albums that were better accepted in UK than in its own yard, he abandoned the band and started his own and quite different music journey. Possessing the sense for the environment and the time he dwells in, with the final enlightenment that in the synthesizer-cords, computers and electronic gadgets has a valuable ally and not the enemy that should be conquered, with the nostalgia in his throat, he embraces the creation of the musical form in which the contemporary global rhythms interlace - including the odd (broken) Macedonian ones. Unlikely the few from his generation (Chapovski, Origjanski, Trajkovski, Spasovski. just for example), who reached the essence and the basic code of the Macedonian melodic language after "swallowing and absorbing" the idioms of the western (Anglo-Saxon) pop music, Kiril is "freed" by the obligation to re-read the once-given (and by the way: genius) matrix. He is in a position to create a music that possesses the spirit of the distant past, but in the same time possesses the pulse of the time of its creation. Therefore, the quantity of the drawn attention and the noticeable interest for his next two projects (Synthetic Theatre, 1996 and Homebound, 1999) that he published in behalf of his own label Avant Garde Records, is very understandable. Worth of mentioning is his joint project with Vlada Divljan (former leader of the cult Belgrade band from the "new wave" period in Yugoslavia - IDOLI), named as APARATCHIKS (electronic with the remains of the "post-communism"), and also, there was a period when Kiril was considered (almost) as "added" member in the strongly increasing band KISMET (the period when Gorazd Tchapovski's Macedonian-Australian band publishes the excellent album Wake Up Gods for the American label Tone Casualties) with joint world strategy of KIRIL and KISMET, both. Finally, their strong activity in the fatherland soon did put things at their place. Developing the idea to expand through the new Balkan states and Europe - with the start-point from the place they were best known and established - brought them home to Skopje. On other hand, Kiril Dzhajkovski, at the start of the new Millennium, primarily, more than once did performances at the stages on the capitols of our neighboring countries. Also, he participated with some of his unpublished music numbers in a few "electro"-compilation projects (like, one of the versions of Religion & Sex appeared on the second sampler of the Progressive Multimedia Group - the PMG Collective, and his number Murder was on the compilation Preskok /Overleap/, which was published as an supplemental on the occasion of the 50th issue of the magazine MARGINA). Must be mentioned that these compilations most directly influenced on the affirmation of the newest generation of authors on the contemporary Macedonian electro-music scene. Later, KIRIL did the fruitful collaboration with the film & theater director Aleksandar Popovski (the music for the plays Roberto Cuko, Powder Keg and Proud Flesh). Along the work on the materials for the theater plays, KIRIL, for the needs of London DJ-s, printed the EP-edition Primitive Science on vinyl. This is a valuable edition for every lover and researcher of the contemporary electronic music. Besides the original version of this track, there are also the mix-versions by the well-known BUSHVAKA, DREADZONE and Denny Briotit from RENEGADE SOUNDWAVE, which is a kind of a significant recognition desired by every musician, showing that this music deserves the attention of those who can "read" the global modern beat. There is nothing more to be said for the excellent trip-hop version of the folklore song Stojne, le mome kochansko from the album of our great folklore primadona Vanja Lazarova - Rhytmistica, but the conclusion that this track is the most exciting contemporary hit made on ethnical music matrix - once & and always! And if it's known that behind the mentioned edition with its authority stands the Third Ear Production, then is understandable why KIRIL decided his latest edition Religion & Sex to be published for this label, and with that to "legal" the cooperation with the agile Ivo Jankoski. By the way, this edition mainly includes the tracks and remixes worked in the period of '94-'97, the period with Kiril's collaboration with Mark Ingram. The material is richly interlaced with a large number of samples from Macedonian National ethno-traditional music. There are the voices of Vanja Lazarova and Goran Trajkovski, and the offer carries the mark of the time it is made, with the note that the trilogy named as Blueuropa conditionally introduces us in the "assigned music" that this author makes. It's interesting that for the covers of this album are used photo-slides by Milcho Manchevski, who did work on photography in a meanwhile, and this undoubtedly brings us to the conclusion that the circle is finally drawn again. What remains is to see up to where did KIRIL reached into the world of the contemporary modern music. One of the possible answers to that - inevitably - is hidden at the soundtrack for the Milcho Manchevski's latest film Dust, with its public promotion not so far from now.

Ljupco Jolevski

- dnevnik

"Kiril Short Reviews"

“ Exotic and brilliant, Kiril does things with music that just shouldn’t be possible. KIRIL is , without any doubt, a musical genius and a true alchemist of sound. And Homebound is a masterpiece of sonic artistry and perfection. “ - ELECTROAGE

“Fantastic stereophonic production that jumps from speaker to speaker on your stereo grabs you by the collar and moves your body to the beat of the music involuntarily. Absolutely great.” - ARTS WEEKLY MAGAZINE

“Kiril is a great example of genuine talent operating outside of the dance manistream that won't degenerate into complex noise loops. Innovative composition coupled with signature Macedonian accents warrant this piece a very high mark in my personal collection.” - COOL AND STRANGE MUSIC MAGAZINE

“ The combination of traditional elements with excellent drum’n’beats works extremely well. “ - JAZZ FM RADIO UK

“ An excellent release from a very talented artist.” - NET RADIO

“Sounds like a soundclash between DEAD CAN DANCE and BREAKBEAT ERA via Ennio Morricone and Lalo Schifrin. Fantastic.” - SURF 107.2 RADIO

“ Presenting his first solo album, KIRIL mixes drum’n’bass and break-beat schemes with exotic melodies from the Balkans and cooks this up into a groovy stew with chunks of acid jazz, funk, ambient and dub. The sound of Macedonian chants and the traditional instruments introduce a unique new “world music”. - TOKYO JOURNAL MAGAZINE

- more


Bastion - Bastion--PGP RTB
Razorbrain - Razorbrain--EMI AUSTRALIA
Synthetic Theatre - Kiril---AG RECORDS Recorded Supplement - Aparatchicks--- AG RECORDS
Homebound - Kiril---AGR/TONE CASUALTIES
Balcancan ------ AGR/ LITHIUM RECORDS
The Great Water ------ AGR/LITHIUM RECORDS
La Capinera ------ AG RECORDS


Fathom -Antipodian Beats----- Angel's Trumpet, Melbourne
mACIDonia 2000----- PMG Recordings, Skopje
Max Trax 2002----- Tone Casualties, Los Angeles
Pathaans Small World----- Stoned Asia, London
Dynamik----- Vital Song, Paris
High On House - New York to Melbourne----- Odessa Mama Records, Melbourne
Ritmistika------Third Ear Music, Skopje Taking Care of Business--- 10 Kilo, London
Together- Barramundi 4-----Pschent Music, Paris
Euro Lounge------ Putumayo, New York
Musique & Cinema du Monde----- Nada/ MK2 Music, Paris
Ali B Presents Y4K----- Distinctive Records, London
Balkan Beats 2----- Eastblok, Berlin

Music for films:

Tough Granny -- dir. Milcho Manchevski
Marika on an Airplane -- dir. Boris Damovski
Northern Mistake --- dir. Boris Damovski
1=1=1 --- dir. John Pedder
Leonardo (animated series) --- dir. Boro Pejcinov
Dust ---- dir. Milcho Manchevski Balcancan ---- dir. Darko Mitrevski
The Great Water ---- dir. Ivo Trajkov
Shadows ---- dir Milcho Manchevski

Music for documentaries:

Guns & Roses --- (1991 Australian Film Institute Award for best documentary)
The Gulf Between ---dir. Monique Schwartz
Koorie Culture/ Koori Control - dir. Russel Porter
In The Line Of Fire - dir.Marion Crooke

Music for TV add campaigns:


Music for theatre:

Powder Keg --- Kerempuh, Croatia
Roberto Zucco --- Atalje 212, Yugoslavia
Proud Flesh ---- Dramski Teatar, Macedonia
Balkan Is Not Dead ------- MNT, Macedonia
Dracula ------- SNG Maribor, Slovenia
Danton's Death----CSS Teatro Stabile, Italy
Cherry Orchard-----SNP, Serbia
Three Sisters----- NTB, Macedonia
Tempest------ Turkish Drama, Macedonia
Alisa------ Atelje 212, Serbia
Za Zdaj Nikjer------ SNG Ljubljana, Slovenia
New Friends------NTNG, Greece
Town of Goga------SLG Celje, Slovenia
La Capinera------Pozoriste Terazije, Serbia



KIRIL DZAJKOVSKI is a Macedonian composer and producer, best known for his solo releases combining Macedonian ethnic music and electronica. He is regarded as one of the pioneers of Balkan electronica, the founding member of the electro band Bastion, as well as one time member of the legendary Macedonian band Leb I Sol.
Kiril is the most successful and respected electronic artist from the Balkan region today. His style of mixing electronica and Macedonian and Balkan ethnic music influences dates back to the early nineties and had received fantastic reviews around the world ever since. Kiril's tracks have been included on numerous compilations worldwide and remixed by people like Bushwacka, Dreadzone, Danny Briottet(Renegade Soundwave), Nathan Coles and many others. Kiril performs live with a 10 piece band and in the last three years performed as a headlining act at the biggest music festivals in the Balkan region ( Exit, InMusic Festival, Greenfest, Urbanfest etc).
Kiril has just finished his new album, which is again an eclectic and sophisticated mix of breakbeat/dub/step electro grooves with Balkan ethnic melodies and instrumentation. It also features an amazing group of international vocal talent, such as: Ras Tweed (Kruder&Dorfmeister), Esma Redzepova, Nicolette Love (Massive Attack), Patrick De Santos (Thievery Corporation), MC Wasp and TK Wonder.
In addition to his solo albums, Kiril writes music for film, television and theatre.
He wrote, arranged and produced the soundtrack music for the feature films 'Dust' directed by Milcho Manchevski, 'The Great Water' directed by Ivo Trajkov (Best Soundtrack Award Valencia Film Festival 2005) and Balcancan directed by Darko Mitrevski and additional music for ‘Shadows’ directed by Milcho Manchevski.
Kiril has written music for numerous theatre productions, including ‘Proud Flesh’ directed by Aleksandar Popovski (Best Music Award, Voydan Chernodrinski Theatre Festival 2001), as well as the award winning contemporary ballet ‘La Capinera’, directed by Michele Merola (Special Music Award, Purgatorije Mediterranean Theatre Festival 2007).