Jurica Jelić

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Jurica Jelić is a contemporary composer, fretless guitarist and bass sintirist from Croatia. He represents his work in a form of instrumental, electroacoustic, electronic music and sound art.

At age 20 he discovered a fretless guitar and wonderful world of non-twelve tone tuning systems by the help of microtonal guitar player and composer Neil Haverstick. Along with fretless guitar, Jurica started working on a computer and electronic music using Csound and many other sound applications. He started blending acoustic sounds with electronically made ones, woven together with field recordings from various spaces. As a performer Jurica performs his compositions for classical fretless guitar that are blend of Balkan, flamenco, and Middle Eastern music, mixed with Western microtonal concepts.

Next to his solo work, Jurica played fretless guitar and composed (music/lyrics) in the experimental pop band The Alibor for 3 years (2007–2010), played live with Croatian band Vjestice, made some film and theater scores with Samuel (Srdjan) Sacher, and produced/recorded albums for various bands and artists. Jurica wrote for, performed and collaborated with many artists like Boris Leiner, Srdjan Sacher, Janko Novoselic, Miljan Bakic, Dan Stearns, Marina Vesic, Tony Dubshot, Shaun Sandor (Promute), Momo Mano, Yonat Hafftka, Michael Hafftka, Joshua Pierce, Joel G. Taylor, Johnny Reinhard, Angelos Quetzalcoatl, Tolgahan Çoğulu, Jeroen Paul Thesseling, Svjetlana Bukvic… to name a few.

In August 2014, he organized MicroFEST Knin, a festival of microtonal music that took place in Knin, Croatia.

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