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Leon Miodrag Lazarov Pashu

Miodrag Lazarov (Pashu, Leon) was born in Yugoslavia in 1949. In 1991 he emigrated to Canada with his family where he obtained a Canadian citizenship in 1995.

Lazarov acquired his B.A. in Music with a major in Composition, studying with Prof. Vasilije Mokranjac, and M.A. in Aesthetics, his mentor was Dr Milan Damnjanovic, from the Faculty of Music at the Belgrade University of Arts. He also completed a course in electronic music at the Electronic Studio of Radio-Belgrade, working with Paul Pignon and Vladan Radovanovic, and privately studied conducting at the Belgrade Opera with maestro Borislav Pascan. He is currently in the final stages of finishing his D.Mus at the Faculty of Music of the University of Montreal, his director of the doctoral thesis being Ms. Marcelle Deschênes and co-director Mr. Jean Décarie.

His works have been performed in Canada, the United States, France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Holland, Hungary, Sweden, Cuba as well as throughout the former Yugoslavia. His works were also presented by Radio-Canada, Radio-Netherland and Radio-France as well as by all major radio and television stations in the former Yugoslavia. Two records have been recorded in Yugoslavia featuring his works.

As a conductor, Lazarov Pashu frequently recorded for Radio-Belgrade and performed throughout the former Yugoslavia executing mostly his own music, compositions of his Belgrade colleagues as well as some works of Russian and American composers. There is a record featuring Pashu as conductor with the Ensemble for Another New Music from Belgrade.

Pashu was a member of one of the leading avant-garde Yugoslav music groups, Opus 4. With the group, as well as on his own he acted as performer of his art-performances and happenings or as a mediator in presentation of his sound-environment works, videos, theoretical-objects, tapes, semiosonics and metamusics. He names this kind of artistic activity as Phenomenalism. During the eighties and nineties, he enlarged his activities in visual arts producing works with neon. Pashu has also been engaged as a lecturer, presenting his own ideas of aesthetics of contemporary music. His essays, studies and reviews have been published in many distinctive periodicals in the former Yugoslavia and have been presented by all major Yugoslav radio stations.

In 1996 Pashu has established his own enterprise, PashuArt, with the purpose of promoting and producing his own creative work expressed either through music, visual arts, multimedia and phenomenalism, or through aesthetics and theory of art. Pashu is a member of CMC as well as of Composers’ Association of Serbia and Aesthetic Society of Serbia. He is a founding member of Musical Alliance, in Montreal, an organization for promoting contemporary music.

His work, alongside with work of other members of the Opus 4 group, has been a subject of two books: a M.A. thesis by Ms. Marija Masnikosa, Muzicki minimalizam (Musical Minimalism), the thesis has been published as a book by Clio, Belgrade, in 1998; and, OPUS 4, Dokumenti (OPUS 4, Douments) by Vladimir Tosic, published by SKC, Belgrade, in 2001.

Feb. 2004

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