NIKOLA STARCEVIC - ASIANA V
Winner of the 2007 JoAnn Falletta International Composition Competition for Guitar. Some elements of Asian music, recognizable in the use of the pentatonic scale, but it is actually a fusion of a few styles: neo-classical, neo-romantic, and jazz. Except for a lyrical part, the piece is dynamic, effective, with a lot of strong accents, especially on chords. The harmony is tonal. Requires a good technique, a powerful sound, and a disciplined use of articulation.