Ultima Armonia

From Bach to Piazzolla, most of the composers who are of deliberate authenticity based their creative process on improvisation. Improvisation is an archetypal shape of the creative impulse in music (and in art in general). It is the basis of the creative experience, the elementary shape of creative potential expression, the foundation of musical vigilance and sensitivity. It rises from creative intuition and cognitively represents the irreducible, untranslatable part of the creative process. It is the source of playing and composing, their organic bond. Improvisation, in its authentic expression, is the organic compound of composing and performing. Composing in real time of the exact performance and composition is, as seen, nothing else but improved, craftsman shaped and elaborated ie. arranged improvisation, which is fixed by memorizing or by notation.

Composers and instrumentalists Boris Kovač and Stevan Kovač Tickmayer have been engaging themselves for at least 3 decades in improvised music and researching the relations between improvisation and composition. In their common project, called ULTIMA ARMONIA, with the participation of Miloš Matić, double bass player and middle-generation composer, and Lav Kovač, who is one of the most talentedSerbian/local/domestic young musicians, drummer and percussionist; in the phase of their creative maturity they decided to create collaborative musical act, with an open shape, starting from improvisation.

In the poetical sense, they find an ontological “background” in the traditional music and culture of Pannonian-Carpathian-Balkan area, which represents their common spiritual, cultural and historical context. The music of this quartet is a collective attempt to redefine and reaffirm the idea of equal improvisational music based on the dialogue among the musicians: a dialogue, whose language is deeply rooted in the musical tradition of the listed areas. One of the usual prejudices concerning the term “improvisation” is the immediate connection of this musical practice with jazz music. Even though the musicians who are taking part into this project do not dissociate from some jazz influence while developing their musical expression – ULTIMA ARMONIA can not be identified as jazz, under any circumstances. This music does not represent a typical credo of notational reproduction/overlapping of musical or ethnical forms and heritages of the above listed regions. This quartet tries to offer to its listeners a deeper archaeological-anthropological content, based on the rich archaic musical “treasure” from the Pannonian-Carpathian-Balkan area. With their musical hermeneutics, the musicians are adding to the tradition new directions and guidelines, taking from the tradition only what is vivid and inspirational for them. At the same time their aim  is to “revive” this tradition using the contemporary course of musical thinking: the language of structural improvisation enriched with positive experience of musical modernism and post-modernism as with some elements of the heritage of older musical periods, especially Middle Age, Renaissance and early Baroque, as improvisational approach to musical creation was still taking in account, and which later was, in accordance with Western specialization and labour  division on composers and performers, inevitably atrophied. In this sense this project also represents a contribution to redefine the very basis of Western musical practice.



Boris Kovač – soprano and alto saxophone, bass clarinet
Stevan Kovač Tickmayer – piano
Miloš Matić – double bass
Lav Kovač – drums


  1. Hello!

    Long time no see;) Balkanfest Evanger is almost here again, and I am looking forward to see Boban and company this weekend. I will dj both friday and saturday there. What I was wondering about is whether or not it could be a chance for me to get some free downloads of tracks from the new album to promote friday night as the dj ?
    I am trying at yu4yu.com, but I believe I won`t have the copy before the week after Balkanfest Evanger…

    would be very glad to hear from you, and I would greatly appreciate to play some tracks from the new album;)

    Hvala puno
    Best regards
    Svein Erik “Svenko”

  2. Hello,

    we would like to ask you what is the usual procedure that you follow in order to consider artist submissions for the festival. We have a project that could be interesting for you.
    Thank you and best wishes for the new year,

    Tania Giannouli

  3. Hello. Here is my proposal for participation in your Festival:
    I also improvise on Balkan themes and rhythmes
    Best wishes, Luboden

  4. Dušan says:


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  5. hello toghether!
    it is wunderful to see and reed about your festival! congratulation!
    warmest regards.

  6. Hello,
    I am the director of Improvising Beings Records, a small label in France.
    We have a project with Alan Silva and Noah Rosen and we’d like to know where can we send a
    proposal to. Your festival seems very interesting and we’d like to submit something to you.
    Look forward to hearing from you soon.
    Julien Palomo, Director
    Improvising Beings

  7. My name is Ricardo Tejero.
    I have a long career as improviser musician specially in the UK where I developed my work during the last 13 years.
    I would like to ask you an opportunity to bring my music to your festival and I would be very gratefull if you let me know how could make a proposal officially.

    I hope you find this message of interest and look forward to hearing from you.
    Kind Regards.
    Ricardo Tejero

  8. Lauren Lee says:

    I am an improvisational/jazz/free jazz musician from the US wanting to submit to your festival for either 2015 or 2016. Can someone please reach out to me on how to go about doing that?


    Lauren Lee

  9. Baron Marc says:


    I’m Marc Baron a French electro-acoustic composer, I would like to be in contact with you to propose you my work.
    Could you, please, tell me how to do ?

    Thanks by advance,

    Best Regards,

    Marc Baron

  10. Hello,

    My name is Etienne Manchon and I’m speaking to you as EMQ’s pianist and leader.
    We are a young Open Fusion group from Toulouse (South France). Our influences are quite various : modern jazz ones like Brad Mehldau and Tigran Hamasyan, and some experimental rock/metal stuff like Mr. Bungle (produced by John Zorn) and Meshuggah.

    Our members are coming from jazz schools, but over all from Toulouse’s jam sessions.

    Etienne Manchon : piano, keyboards, compositions
    Dorian Dutech : guitars
    Philippe Burneau : bass
    Damien Gouzou : drums

    Not being a huge fan of biographic display, here’s some sound!


    Best regards,

    Etienne for EMQ

  11. Julian Haugland says:


    I am a norwegian upright bass player presenting a concept for solo upright bass. In february i recorded some material that I’ll use later on for producing a record. My music consists of both improvised ideas and melodic motives and is very experimental. I would like to preform on venues that are not to big and suited best for acoustic music.
    Email me for audio previews.

    If you have any events where you think this music would properly fit inn, then I am very interested.

    If you’re missing some important press material, I’ll send it as soon as possible 🙂

    All the best
    Julian Haugland
    email: julianbjoraa@gmail.com
    tlf: +4741217557

  12. Howard Curtis says:

    I am currently living, teaching and performing out of Graz, Austria. I am also the drum/percussion half of a duo with Katja Cruz who is an improvising vocalist. We would like to be considered for your festival as a duo. Please let us know the procedure for forwarding our materials to you.

    Thank you,
    Howard Curtis
    43 664 399 5492
    43 316 828 314

  13. Marko says:

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    Sve najbolje u daljem radu.

  14. hi I’m Heddy Boubaker improv from France, I’ll be touring in your region in 2016 with a new project involving electro-acoustic improvisation and compositions, I was wondering if something could be done together during this occasion (gig, meetings, residency, workshop …) . Feel free to contact me please
    very best

  15. ALBATRE says:

    Hello Im writing on behalf of,

    Albatre, a new experimental music trio operating from Rotterdam. Their music is a joyously harrowing display of urgent bass & sax noise, skewed punk jazz elements, frantic but meticulous drumming and abrupt moodshifts. Albatre can be seen as part of a burgeoning micro scene of artists highlighting the crossover of improv, noise rock and punk jazz currently made in Holland.

    Would you be interested in having Albatre at Ring Ring Festival 2016?

    Hope to hear from you,

    Hugo Costa

  16. Ivana Tupanjac says:


    Pišem u ime iranske grupe Pallett. Izrazili su želju da sviraju u Srbiji. Ja, nažalost, nisam u muzici i ne znam sa kim bi ih trebalo spojiti.

    Bila bih Vam veoma zahvalna ako biste mi dali informacije o gostovanju u Srbiji ili me uputili na nekoga.

    Srdačan pozdrav,
    Ivana T.

  17. Hi, I’m Louis Laurain, trumpet player living in Paris.
    I’m a member of free-jazz quartet called DIE HOCHSTAPLER (the impostors) that mostly features musicians from the Berlin jazz and improvised music scene : Antonio Borghini (double
    bass), Pierre Borel (alto saxophone), Hannes Lingens (drums) and myself on
    the trumpet.
    We’re setting up a tour for 2016 to promote our new release called *Die Hochstapler plays the music of Alvin P. Buckley *(Umlaut rec 2015) : http://www.umlautrecords.com/u/records/alvin-p-buckley/
    We would be very happy to participate to the RING RING fest 2016 (either concerts, workshops, residencies…), please feel free to get back to me if you’re interested in our music.
    Thaks for your time and consideration.
    Best regards,

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  19. Martina Derezic says:


    htjela bih Vam predstaviti grupu Tori Sparks and Calamento flamenco fusion te me zanima gdje Vam mogu poslati materijale. Naime radi se o inicijalno rock, blues, folk kantautorici iz Nashville-a čija je suradnja s Calamento flamenco glazbenicima iz Barcelone iznjedrila vrlo zanimljivu glazbu. Mislim da bi bila izvrsna za Vas festival.

    Unaprijed hvala i srdačan pozdrav,


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  29. Gaile says:

    Dear Sirs,

    I would like to introduce you to our free improvisation trio:
    Yumiko Yamamoto – electric guitar (Japan)
    Arnas Mikalkėnas – drums (Lithiania)
    Gailė Griciūtė – prepared piano (Lithuania)

    Our ensemble would like to perform in RINGRING festival. Please let us know if there is such possibility. We would like to send you an original copy of our newly released CD, if you are interested, please send as your posting address.

    Yumiko has played electric guitar in rock bands, also performed as a visual artist. Since 2006 she has been playing free improvisation as soloists and with dancers, video artists. She is constantly performing free improvised music in Japan as well as organising performance possibilities for foreign musicians, who are playing free improvised music.
    Arnas is a jazz pianist and drummer as well as a composer. He is one of the most active musicians in Lithuanian jazz and free improvisation scene. Arnas is a member of number ensembles in Lithuania, he is active in Lithuanian jazz scene and abroad.
    Gailė Griciūtė is a sound artist, composer and improviser. She has graduated as a classical pianist and composer. Gailė has been a member of various improvisation laboratories in Finland, Lithuania and The Kingdom of Bhutan(where she was residing for one year in 2013).

    The trio has met as started playing in 2014. This year trio has released an album, Please check album demo here:
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  38. Dear team of Ring Ring,

    I am contacting you for a concert of duo Muze (Bernadette Zeilinger, Diego Mune) at Ring Ring.
    They are presenting their new program at the moment in USA, Canada and Mexico, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand.
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  39. Dear team,
    My name is Samantha Lacheny, I am the manager of the artist Ofer Ronen, an artist from Barcelona who connects Flamenco with Middle Eastern Arabic and Jewish music.
    We are very interested in playing for the Todo Mundo festival and would like to know how we could apply for next year or contact with somebody.
    Looking forward to hearing from you soon.
    I am happy to answer any question.
    Samantha Lacheny

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  41. multumult says:


    multumult are a trio of improvisers from Bucharest, Romania:
    Calin Torsan – blowing instruments
    Vasile Gherghel – bass guitar, electronics
    Marius Achim – drums

    we are happy to announce our latest audio release, which you can listen to here (this is the second CD of the group):

    све најбоље,

  42. Majid Poosti says:

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    I would appreciate your letting me know if you are interested in scheduling for us a concert or a festival participation.

    Majid Poosti
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  43. antez says:

    Hello Dear Team,
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