Bratislav "Bata" Anastasijević (18 April 1936, Niš, Serbia - 12 October 1992, Niš) was a university music professor, pianist, composer, conductor, ethnomusicologist, leader of vocal quartets, quintets, sextets, octets. He also conducted the Naissus Big Band Orchestra. His innovations in music style and genre contributed significantly and permanently to the development of jazz music, stage music and Serbian ethno music in Yugoslavia.
He obtained the Master's degree in Sarajevo, on the topic The Genesis and Development of Jazz in Yugoslavia as well as the Master's degree at the Conservatoire Royal de Musique in Liège, Belgium, on the topic Modern Music. He was a scholar of the Belgian Royal Government. He was the founder of one of the oldest International Jazz Festivals in Yugoslavia(Serbia),"Naissus Jazz festival" (7 June 1979, and the first Naissus Jazz Festival was held in 1981),the Naissus Jazz Club Nis, the Association of Jazz Musicians and Entertainment Music of Serbia, Nis.
Bratislav Anastasijevic won numerous prizes for his work: The Liberation of the City of Nis (1977), The Celebrity Award of Serbia (1978) and The Celebrity Award of Yugoslavia (1989) ; however, the prize for the original music Bolani Dojcin which he won at the Theatre Festival Joakim Vujic in 1975, marked a new epoch of criterion-referenced evaluation of stage and theatrical music in Serbia. At the same festival,he won two prizes for stage music in 1979 and 1981. Moreover,he was awarded the prize for stage music Tik Tak in Braunsweig, Germany,etc.
Musical works of classical music: ballads of Southeast Serbia no.1 e minor;no.2 F sharp minor;no.3 g major; no.4 C sharp minor;no.5 g minor; Dances: Dance of Serbia;Dance of Yugoslavia;Dance of Cair; etc.
He was one of the organizers of several different festivals including music festival October Music Festival(NIMUS), as well as the co-organizer of Film Festival in Nis,Rock Festivals in Serbia etc.
Bratislav Anastasijevic published two books, one in 1988 on the abuse of Serbian folk music, another called "Ogledi O Dzezeu" in 1990. He also issued many publications on the subject of classical, jazz, and Serbian folk music.
At Nisville Jazz Festival the prize winners "Bata Anastasijevic" are Randy Brecker, Billy Cobham, Antoni Donchev, Miles Griffith, Bora Rokovic, Teodosi Spasov, James Cobb, Reggie Workman, Donald Byrd, Rosenberg trio, Ewald Oberleitner, Benny Golson, Denise Jannah, Vojislav Bubisa Simic, Yildiz Ibrahimova, Stjepko Gut, Phillipe Catherine, Hannes Beckman etc.
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