The concert was a success!
The September 3, 2010, concert with Janáček
Philharmonic Orchestra, organized in cooperation with Ostrava Center for New
Music, was a success!
CONCERT WITH JANÁČEK PHILHARMONIC
SEPTEMBER 3, 7pm
Lead by Petr Kotík, the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra will perform a
special concert organized in cooperation with Ostrava Center for New Music held on September 3, 2010 at 7pm in Philharmonic Hall (Dům
kultury města Ostravy).
Ostravská banda Shined at Archa Theatre!
The closing event of the project Ostrava in Prague, the Ostravská banda concert Sunday, June 6 was excellent. The Ostravská banda, meeting for the second time of 2010 (the first time in January for the musicadhoy festival in Madrid) gave a stunning performance.
Musicians from Tallinn
Petr Kotík has started to collaborate with Estonian musicians — Hirvo Surva, conductor and director of Estonian National Opera Boys Choir; Zoja Hertz, accompanist and voice master; and Heldur Harry Polda and Voldemar Kants thirteen-year-old boy soloists for Galina Ustwolskaja’s Symphony no. 2.
Recordings from Ostrava Days on Bandzone.cz
There are music samples from Ostrava Days 2007 and 2009: György Ligeti, Charles Ives, Paulina Załubska, Pablo Chin Pampillo, Salvatore Sciarrino and Christian Wolff pieces, all performed by Ostravská banda.
G. Douglas Barrett's article in HIS VOICE
In a current issue od HIS VOICE magazine there is an article about Peter Ablinger's music, the author of the article - G. Douglas Barrett was a resident-student of Ostrava Days 2007 and 2009.
New on Bandzone.cz
Ostravská banda has a new profile with recordings on Bandzone. Go for listening...
Concert of Ostravská banda in Madrid
On Thursday January 21, 2010 Ostravská banda started the concert season „Universo Ustwolskaja“, which is dedicated to Galina Ustwolskaja, a Russian Composer. Along with Ostravská banda and conductor Petr Kotík there performed also the soloists Daan Vandewaalle (Piano), Arne Defoce (Cello), Marta Marinová (Voice) and Conrad Harris (Violin).
Ostrava Days 2009 Culminates in Its Closing Concert!
One of the best experiences at this year’s Ostrava Days festival was the closing concert, which was held on Saturday, 29 August, at Dům kultury in Ostrava. This was the last of the sixteen concerts at the 5th biennial this year, and it was the occasion of three major events: the world premiere of Rhapsody for 3 Orchestras, by the American composer Christian Wolff, who was in attendance; Concert for Piano and Orchestra by György Ligeti; and Amériques by Edgard Varése. At one point as many as 120 players were performing in Dům kultury. It is hard to believe that Varése wrote this grand fantasy of sound around ninety years ago. Mountains of sound filled the concert hall with music and took away the breath of everyone in attendance.
Phill Niblock: Projection & Music / 21.8.09 / 20:00 Vítkovice Site - Blast Furnaces, Hall No. 6
Composing music, listening to music and performing music and are all different activities, which may not be necessarily connected in any way and have nothing to do with each other. This is a known statement John Cage made long time ago. The example of Phill Niblock is a testimony to the truthfulness of it.
Niblock is not a musician. He never learned how to read music notation and for the realization of his scores, he needs an assistant. Despite this, there is no doubt that the music he is creating (ergo composing) has all the attributes of the works of music with we we are familiar; his compositions have a wide appeal and a firm place in the context of the music of the 20th and 21st century.
Niblock’s example is indeed inspiring. He shows us how and to what extent an author can be separate from the making of music. His compositions also indicate just the opposite: namely, that being a musician of the highest caliber does not guarantee one the ability to write a single note worth listening to.
Niblock composes music of sustained micro-tones produced by instruments, or vocalists, recorded on multi-track, and combined in live performance with sustained tones produced by musicians. Niblock combines pitches in order to create, through their proximity and durations, rhythmical beats and changes in harmonic overtone structure. His music, as well as his films and videos, are a reflection of the dynamic relationship between stasis and movement. He does not match his compositions to his films; they are presented together randomly. Niblock believes that this creates an ideal performance situation, with just the right degree of indeterminacy.
Phill Niblock has traveled extensively, making videos and films in places like China, Hungary, South Africa, Peru, Mexico, Quebec, and among the indigenous people of the Arctic. Each year, Niblock produces a series of performances in his loft on Centre Street in New York City, also known as the Experimental Intermedia (EI).
I met Niblock for the first time in the summer of 1972 at Burdocks festival, organized by Christian Wolff in Hanover, New Hampshire. Since then, we have collaborated many times in the U.S. and Europe, including many performances at his Experimental Intermedia in New York.
- Petr Kotík, Augst 7, 2009
Festival Ostrava Days 2009 starts already in two days!!!
All the rehearsal rooms of the Janáček Philharmonic and the Janáček Conservatory are filled with musicians from all over the world from morning till evening. Apart from the local Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava (under conductors Roland Kluttig, Peter Rundel, Onřej Vrabec and the director Petr Kotík), the choir Canticum Ostrava (under Yurii Galatenko) also rehearses the premiere compositions for the performance in St. Wenceslas Church.
Ostrava Days Institute just began. There are about 30 students from foreign universities. First discussions were done during Petr Kotík's presentation. Today Michael Schumacher (New York) and Philip Thomas (Hudersfield) arrive and will lead lessons.
Pavel Rudolf: Scores
Exhibition of Pavel Rudolf’s scores at Gallery Beseda is a part of Ostrava Days 2009. The exhibition will commence on August 24th at 5 p.m. and will hang through September 6th.
Galerie Beseda, Jurečkova 18, 702 00 Ostrava
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., Fri 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Ostrava in New York
In weekly Magazine "Týden" issued June 1st 2009 there is the article about the Concert of Ostravská banda in Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York.
Ostrava days Report 2007
Ostrava Center for New Music published The Ostrava Days 2007 REPORT that documents Ostrava Days 2007 Institute and Festival. Contains detailed information about Ostrava Days 2007 including transcripts of selected seminars, discussions, comments and reviews and photographs.
Ostravská banda in New York
Ostravská banda is going to perform on May 6, 2009 at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York. The concert will also feature The Orchestra of the S.E.M. Ensemble and FLUX Quartet and will be part of “Ostrava Days in New York” event, organized by the Czech Center from 4th to 13th of May at the Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street.
Music of Ostrava Days LIVE
Ostrava Center for New Music in cooperation with the Czech Music Information Center issued a 2CD with recordings of previous biennials of Ostrava Days Festival. 2CD is published as an annex to magazine subscribers of His Voice Magazine 3/4.