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Boris Kovač ( ; born 1955) is a Serbianmarker composer and multi-instrumentalist.


Kovač was born in Novi Sadmarker, the capital of the Vojvodinamarker region of Serbiamarker, then part of Yugoslaviamarker. He studied on the accordion as a child and later received one year of instruction on saxophone, but is self-taught on a wide array of instruments.

In 1977 he formed Meta Sekcija, a jazz group. In 1982 he created Ritual Nova, an ensemble of musicians, visual artists, dancers and performers, and served as its composer and director. Kovac released his first album, Ritual Nova, in 1986 in Yugoslavia, and Recommended Records of the United Kingdom released its 1989 follow-up, Ritual Nova 2, as part of its eastern European music series, Points East. In 1989, Kovač established Ogledalo, a chamber music theater group in Novi Sad.

From 1991 to 1996, Kovac lived in Italymarker, Sloveniamarker and Austriamarker to escape the Yugoslav wars, but he returned to Serbia following the cessation of fighting. Inspired by the 1999 NATO bombing of Yugoslavia in the Kosovo War, he formed La Danza Apocalyptica Balcanica, shortened to LaDaABa Orchest, in 2001. The group played ballroom dance music to "to exorcise the madness of war."

In 2002, Kovač founded Kachara Records (from the Serbian качар kačar) named for his family house in Bukovacmarker (part of the Petrovaradinmarker municipality in the city of Novi Sadmarker) in Vojvodinamarker, where wine was produced from 1868 to 1941.


Kovač's music draws on folklore traditions – not only Serbian ones, but also Hungarian and Romanian, since they all factor in the musical culture of multi-ethnic Vojvodina. In his Last Balkan Tango, he combines these traditions with the styles of Argentine tango. His musical output falls into three categories: the deeply spiritual cycles he writes for his ensemble Ritual Nova, the more formal contemporary chamber music for dance and theater, and the dance music of his LaDaABa Orchest.
"Our advantage is that people from 20 different nationalities live together in the Pannonian Plains. So today no one can say which folklore my music stems from exactly."


  • Ritual Nova (1986). Symposion Records, Yugoslavia.
  • Ritual Nova 2 (1989). Recommended Records, United Kingdom.
  • Ritual Nova Collection (1993). Recommended Records, United Kingdom.
  • Play on String (string quartet) (1996). More Music, Italy.
  • Anamnesis — Ecumenical Mysteries (1996). Victo, Canada.
  • The Mask (1997). Interzone/Ikarus, Yugoslavia/Austria.
  • East OFF Europe (1998). Victo, Canada.
  • Mirror of the Voice (CD and book) (1999). Radio 021, Yugoslavia.
  • Last Balkan Tango: An Apocalyptic Dance Party (2001). Piranha, Germany.
  • Ballads at the End of Time (2003). Piranha, Germany.
  • Profana Liturgija, ADN, Milan, 1991 (2004). Kachara, Yugoslavia.
  • Damari (2004). Kachara, Yugoslavia.
  • World after History (2005). Piranha, Germany.


  1. François Couture. Biography of Boris Kovac. Allmusic. Retrieved 1 July 2008.
  2. Biography of Boris Kovac at Retrieved 1 July 2008.

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