Lucie Vítková

Lucie Vítková is a composer, improviser and performer (accordion, hichiriki, synthesizer, harmonica, voice and dance) from the Czech Republic, living in New York. During their studies of composition at Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno (CZ), they have been a visiting scholar at Royal Conservatory in The Hague (NL), California Institute of the Arts in Valencia (USA), Universität der Künste in Berlin (D), Columbia University in New York (USA) and at the New York University. Their compositions focus on sonification (compositions based on abstract models derived from physical objects) while in their improvisation practice Vítková works with characteristics of discrete spaces through the interaction between sound and movement. In Vítková’s recent work, they are interested in the social-political aspects of music in relation to everyday life and in reusing trash to build sonic costumes. In their pieces, they use combined notation, such as graphic, audio, text and staff notation, to achieve a diversity of ways to communicate a musical thought. Their pieces range from DIY cyborg solo performances to orchestral compositions and in their dissertation, Vítková has analyzed music of Christian Wolff, researching on compositional techniques which reform the relationships between players and established hierarchies in music. They have been nominated for 2017 Herb Alpert Awards in Arts in the category of Music, were commissioned by the Roulette Intermedium in 2017 and have become a Roulette resident artist in 2018. They have put together two ensembles – NYC Constellation Ensemble (focused on musical behavior) and OPERA Ensemble (for singing instrumentalists). During the 2017 Mentor/Protégé Residency in Tokyo (JP), Vítková studied hichiriki with Hitomi Nakamura and have been a member of the Columbia University Gagaku Ensemble. Vítková’s teachers and collaborators include George Lewis, Suzanne Cusick, Ellie Hisama, Miya Masaoka, Petr Kotík, Hitomi Nakamura, Teerapat Parnmongkol, Jolana Havelková, Muyassar Kurdi, Haruhiko Okabe, Jaroslav Šťastný, Teodora Stepančić, James Ilgenfritz, Stevie May, and Graham Haynes.

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