On Friday, December 11, we will release a recording of the world premiere of Marek Keprt's chamber opera Hibiki, Hibiki, vzhmoť! (according to the author it is a gustative-olfactory chamber (non)opera). This production opened the 5th biennial of the NODO festival this August. The director of the production was Petr Odo Macháček, from the Kámen Theater in Prague. The opera, named after the famous whisky, plays with minimalist color and sound models. The text of Keprt's libretto is a surreal sound-painting in which words gradually lose their meaning and appear in unusual connections. The video will be available at 6:00 PM CET at this link >>>
August 28, 2020
18:30 | Antonín Dvořák Theater
Marek Keprt: HIBIKI, HIBIKI, VZHMOŤ! (2019-2020) / world premiere
Gustative-olfactory chamber (non)opera
Music and libretto: Marek Keprt
Conductor: Petr Kotík
Director: Petr Odo Macháček
Stage design: David Bazika
Markéta Israel Večeřová, soprano
Vendula Černá, soprano
Helena Kalambová, soprano
Michal Marhold, bass
Zdeňka Brychtová, actress
Matěj Kohout, actor
Michaela Raisová, dancer
World premiere, 45 min
In Czech original.
Hibiki is a premium Japanese whisky. Whisky connoisseurs appreciate its 17 and 21-year-old vintages, as well as the scarcely available 30-year-old one. To correctly taste Hibiki, it is essential to pronounce some proverbs and sayings. Yet these do not exclusively concern whisky. The very word Hibiki means “echo” or “resonance” in Japanese. Sound, taste, smell, touch, space – everything has its harmony, echoes, resonances. Let us get enTangled by them...
Marek Keprt (1974, Olomouc) is a pianist, composer and teacher, and is the program and artistic director of MusicOlomouc (an international festival of contemporary music) and artistic director of Lichtzwang (ensemble of contemporary music). Keprt studied composition with Iván Eröd and David Kaufmann, and piano with Alexander Jenner and Carmen Graf-Adnet at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna (1992–2000). From 2000–2008, he completed his PhD studies at the Department of Musicology at the Palacký University Olomouc. He was a resident of Ostrava Days 2017 Institute. From 2002 to 2014, Keprt worked as a piano and music theory teacher at the Conservatory in Opava. Since 2002, he has worked as an assistant professor for the Department of Musicology at Palacký University Olomouc. Keprt was awarded several prizes at the Generace Ostrava competition and The Alban Berg Foundation in Vienna. His compositions have been performed by Patricia Kopatchinskaja, the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, Berg orchestra, Ostravská Banda, AuditivVokal Dresden, Ensemble Mondrian and many others.