Various scenes of Paracademia
Paracademia LLC is a new music center that I recently founded in Harlem, a well-known neighborhood in Manhattan. Composer, performer, and educator with over 20 years of active, professional music experience in New York, in fact around the world, I've developed a natural and deep inclination to connect people in collaborative and interdisciplinary projects. I've worked in Ghana, China, and other distant places.
Milica in Kopeyia, Ghana
Milica in Shanghai
And I recently felt the need to share those activities with my own local community. Harlem resident for the last twelve years, I am deeply connected to the neighborhood and attracted to the idea of being more active in it. Paracademia is an open-door local home for what I've done in other places.
It's been a remarkable experience to live here. Known for its vibrant history and culture, the last several years in Harlem has also introduced some innovative and highly successful business, marketing and network strategies. My field—classical, experimental, electronic, multi-genre music and collaborative art—has a potential to blend into the current Harlem scene and extend it, pushing its boundaries. There is a constant influx of new residents, new families, new needs for after-school programs, engaging and stimulating activities, structured music education for young and adults, beginners and professionals. Bringing downtown and academic artist to Harlem, and giving Harlem residents of all ages a concert and performance venue where they'll interact, meet, network and collaborate, feels like a needed, complementary addition to the neighborhood.
A class meeting
For more information on Paracademia, go here.
Critically acclaimed composer Milica Paranosic has established herself as one of New York’s finest and most daring composers, performance artists, producers, and technologists. Her music was described as “Amazing…astonishing,” (The New York Times), “Like liquor-filled pralines,” (Germany’s Morgenpost), and “A painter, musical Jackson Pollack,” (SEAMUS). Milica’s works range from one-woman multimedia shows and sound installations to operatic and symphonic works. Inspired by her travels and international collaborations, Milica imaginatively incorporates music of her Serbian homeland in addition to cross-continental muses such as Brazil, Ghana and China, always striving to create new sound worlds in which contrasting concepts vividly coexist in unique textures.
Milica is recipient of many honors and awards; her work was commissioned by major NYC organizations such as American Composers Orchestra, New Juilliard Ensemble, VisionIntoArt and Buglisi Dance Theater and has appeared at stages of Symphony Space, Zankel Hall/Carnegie, Alice Tully Hall/Lincoln Center, BAM café, Bohemian National Hall and many others. International and intercontinental highlights include BEMUS (Belgrade, Serbia), EtnaFest (Catania, Italy) and Internacional De Música Contemporânea Ppgmus-Ufba, (Bahia, Brazil). Her recent commission by the American Composers Orchestra's for an opener of their 2012-13 season at the Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, was co-sponsored by the LVMH Moët Hennessy • Louis Vuitton.
Milica’s film scores include original score for Cure by Andrea Staka and Prokleta je Amerika by Boban Skerlic.
Since 1995, she has been on the music faculty of The Juilliard School where she co-founded and produced Beyond the Machine, Juilliard’s Festival of Electronic Music. She has taught and created curricula in varied settings such as Belgrade Music University, San Diego State University, Franklin Marshall College, Brotherhood Sister Sol, and 92nd Street Y. She maintains an active private teaching studio, working with professional musicians and beginners, ranging from 5 to 93. Furthering her deep commitment to education and outreach, Milica founded Give to Grow, an education initiative, which brings music technology to developing communities in Ghana. She has recently returned from Shanghai, China, where she was a Composition Faculty of FaceArt Internations, working on implementing composition and music technology programs.
She is current co-director of Composers Concordance, music director of Gallery MC, and founder and director of Paracademia LLC.