The Artist's Music
Dobromila Jaskot was born in 1981 in Torun (Thorn), Poland. In 2005 she graduated with distinction from the Academy of Music in Poznan in the composition class of prof. Lidia Zielinska, and in 2007 she completed postgraduate studies in Special, Computer, Film and Theater Composition at the Academy of Music in Wroclaw. In 2009 year she started postgraduate studies in Film and Computer Music and Audiovisual Creativity in Lodz. She completed her PhD of Arts in 2011. At present she is a teacher at the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
Her creative interests are centered around multimedia arts, with particular focus on their interactive aspects. She is also engaged in organization of interdisciplinary conferences, festivals and concerts of contemporary music, particularly – electro-acoustic and multimedia. Dobromila Jaskot has won awards in national and international competitions for composers and performers; she obtained three times a scholarship from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage for outstanding achievements in the field of music (2000, 2004, 2007), she was also awarded the President of Torun City Award (2000), Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung scholarship (2007) and AUKSO Foundation scholarship (2004). Her compositions have been performed at international festivals, such as the “Other Minds” in San Francisco, “UltraSchall” International Festival of New Music in Berlin, Contemporary Music Week in Esbjerg, the “Warsaw Autumn”, “Musica Electronica Nova”, “Musica Polonica Nova”, “Poznań Music Spring”, “Malta” Theatre Festival, Music & Art Festival of the Baltic Countries. “Probaltica”, as well as other events in European Countries and United States. In 2006 at the Grand Theatre – National Opera in Warsaw Dobromila Jaskot presented the world premiere of her interactive chamber opera “Phaedra” (2005-2006). In 2009 she was invited to Djerassi Resident Composer Project in Woodside,California.
Notes on the Musma Composition
Himah is a composition in a form of mantra that depicts a ritual of the Hindu goddess of Himalayas. At the beginning a repetitive, hypnotic rhythm introduces a listener into a shamanic trance. Timbres of the instruments illustrate a process of spiritual cleansing, following a spiral direction of the energy emanating from the goddess, and also bring the image of Himalayas mountains at the sunrise.