OSTRAVA DAYS 2015 (August 10 - 29)
8th Biennial of the Institute and Festival of New and Experimental Music
Institute August 10 – 29
Festival August 21 – 29
Press release April 15, 2015
Compositions for three orchestras - world premieres of contemporary classical music - contemporary opera - marathon of electronic music - night solos and experimental performances - works of the youngest generation of composers - revisiting the beginnings of the avant-garde - participation of renowned composers - international Ostravská banda as well as Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava and foreign guests - new industrial venues: that is this year’s Ostrava Days
The Ostrava Days 2015 Festival has just published its program (http://bit.ly/1ctiYJP), which will take place over eight festival days withseveral concerts a day, altogether twenty programs with two hundred musicians participating. In addition to crucial compositions of the last fifty years, the festival will also premiere works by the youngest generation – the Ostrava Days Institute residents, students and graduates of high-prestige universities who come to Ostrava from all over the world. This year, the number of applicants reached a record number; unfortunately, we can accept only approximately 35 participants. We will publish their names in the middle of May.
Among the composing icons who will personally attend in Ostrava are Christian Wolff (Hanover, NH), Alvin Lucier (Middletown, CT), and Phill Niblock (New York). For the first time Ostrava will host George Lewis (New York), Helmut Oehring (Berlin), and Jennifer Walshe (Dublin), and newly as a lector the former Institute student Alex Mincek (New York). Once again we will welcome, also in the roles of lectors, the composers Richard Ayres (Amsterdam), Peter Ablinger, Bernhard Lang, Johannes Kalitzke (Vienna) and Rolf Riehm (Frankfurt). The festival’s artistic director Petr Kotík (New York/Ostrava) will also present his work. The composer Christopher Butterfield (Vancouver) and experimental physicist Hauke Harder (Berlin) are also OD guests. Czech composers will include Petr Bakla, Petr Cígler, Peter Graham (aka Jaroslav Šťastný), and Michal Rataj, who will participate in the rehearsals of their compositions. Among the special features of Ostrava Days, almost all the festival compositions are rehearsed in Ostrava during Ostrava Days, demanding enormous efforts from all the musicians and the organizational team.
Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava, the international chamber orchestra Ostravská banda (this year celebrating ten years of its existence!), and Canticum Ostrava with its choirmaster Jurij Galatenko form the spine of the festival. We will welcome Elole Trio (Dresden), String Noise duo (New York), and FAMA Quartet (Prague), and the conductors Rolf Gupta (Oslo), Johannes Kalitzke (Vienna), Roland Kluttig (Berlin), Petr Kotík (New York/Ostrava), and Ondřej Vrabec (Prague).
Among the new star soloists this year there are trumpet player Reinhold Friedrich (Karlsruhe), mezzo-soprano Annette Schönmüller (Frankfurt), baritone David Moss (Antwerp/New York), and percussionist Robyn Schulkowsky (Karlsruhe). We will once more welcome violinist Hana Kotková (Lugano), pianist Daan Vandewalle (Ghent), violinist Conrad Harris (New York), and violoncellist Charles Curtis (San Diego). Among the Czech soloists will be oboist Vilém Veverka, flutist Daniel Havel, oboist Jan Souček, trumpet player Ladislav Kozderka, cimbalom player Jan Mikušek (Prague), and clarinetist Pavel Zlámal (Brno). A special group of guest vocal soloists –is formed by seven singers from New York and Chicago who will perform in the operas by George Lewis and Petr Kotík.
The program highlightsof Ostrava Days include:
• The opening concert for three orchestras in the Triple Hall Karolina, with the performance of the grandiose composition Gruppen by Karlheinz Stockhausen (returning to Ostrava after 15 years!) and the compositions by John Cage, Phill Niblock, and Petr Kotík for three conductors and three orchestral groups (August 23).
• Two profile concerts of the international orchestra of top contemporary music performers Ostravská banda (founded for the third OD biennial in 2005). This year, the ten-year-old residency orchestra for which there exist no unplayable scores will present, among others, Salvatore Sciarrino’s Violin Concerto with Hana Kotková and the world premiere of Alvin Lucier’s Orpheus with violoncellist Charles Curtis, written for Ostrava Days (August 24 and 25).
• The production of the world-known jazz compositionNobody Knows the Trouble I See, in the original arrangement by Bernd Alois Zimmermann with the famous German trumpet player Reinhold Friedrich; the Double Concerto by Alban Berg, with Hana Kotková and Daan Vandewalle; and the return to GyörgyLigeti with another Double Concerto, for flute, oboe and orchestra, with solo parts played by Daniel Havel and Jan Souček. Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava and the Ostravská Banda will unite their strengths at this closing concert, recorded by both Czech Radio and Czech TV (August 29).
• Opera evening in both buildings of the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre, with that institution’s massive contribution. For the first time in the Czech Republic, we will present the “Afro-American” opera Afterword by George Lewis, composer and lecturer at Columbia University in New York, and Petr Kotík’s newly revised opera Master-Pieces, newly staged by director Jiří Nekvasil and stage designer David Bazika (August 28).
Each festival concert includes compositions by the youngest generation of composers – the Ostrava Days 2015 residents: new views, new procedures, and a risk-taking platform with first performances of brand new compositionsfor large orchestras, chamber ensembles, and soloists, created by composers aged 20 to 35.
• Music & Film & Opera & Performance in Provoz Hlubina, consistingof five independent concerts in the new spaces of the Lower Area of Vítkovice (in cooperation with the Deep Camp Ostrava). The evening will feature Rudolf Komorous’s chamber opera Lady Blancarosa, a performance by the New York violin duo String Noise, a film and voice performance by Jennifer Walshe, and the improvisation ensembles of Thomas Buckner, Peter Ablinger, and other performers (August 21).
• Mini-marathon of electronic musicin the Gallery of Fine Arts, a program prepared by the curators Martin Klimeš, Petr Studený, Michal Rataj, Ladislav Železný, and Radio Ars Acustica. Part of the evening will be broadcasted live at the Vltava Czech Radio Station (August 22).
• Concert in the Saint Wenceslas Church dedicated to vocal music and compositions with spiritual themes, with works by Galina Ustwolskaja, György Ligeti, and contemporary composers Peter Graham and Johannes Kalitzke, and the world premiere of a piece by Rolf Riehm.
• One-hour recital by Daan Vandewalle of Christian Wolff’s1960s piano composition Suite II., Horațio Rădulescu’s virtuoso work Das Andere interpreted by New York violinist Conrad Harris, Wolfgang Rihm’s 2008 vocal compositionwith Annette Schönmüller,and world premieres by Czech composers performed by Dresden’s Elole Trio.
• Orchestral compositions written specifically for Ostrava Days by Petr Bakla, Petr Kotík, Bernhard Lang, Alvin Lucier, Alex Mincek, Phill Niblock, and Michal Rataj; legendary 20th century American composer Morton Feldman’s Oboe Concerto with soloist Vilém Veverka; and Helmuth Oehring’s POEndulum connected by Johannes Kalitzke.
• The evening cimbalom performance will represent a leap aside into folklore music. The evening is curated for Ostrava Days by one of the best Czech clarinetists, Irvin Venyš, with virtuoso classical performers.
This year, Ostrava Days events will take place for the first time at the roofed square Triple Hall Karolina, in the spaces of Provoz Hlubina, in the PLATO Gallery in the Lower Area of Vítkovice, and the multidisciplinary contemporary arts centre Cooltour. Performances will also return to the traditional venues of Philharmonic Hall, Janáček Conservatory Ostrava, St. Wenceslas Church, Jiří Myron Theatre, Antonín Dvořák Theatre, and the Gallery of Fine Arts. All these venues are mutually accessible within a 15-minute walk.
Among the festival’s accompanying events are a sound installation by Alvin Lucier, Music on a Long Thin Wire; a screening of documentaries by Virginia Dwan (John Cage, Carl Andre, and Robert Smithon); and a photography exhibition by Martin Popelář.
Ticket sales will start on May 1. The pass for all the festival concerts is 650,- CZK. The opening concert in the Triple Hall is 300,- CZK; individual tickets for all other concerts are 100,- CZK.
The Ostrava Days 2015 partners are the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre, PLATO Gallery of the City of Ostrava, Bludný kámen, and the Triple Hall Karolina. We cooperate with the Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava, Janáček Conservatory, and Provoz Hlubina.
Ostrava Days can be realized thanks to financial support by the statutory city of Ostrava, the Czech Republic Ministry of Culture, Ernst von Siemens Foundation, and the Moravian-Silesian region. Support of further subjects is being negotiated.
The Ostrava Days are produced by the Ostrava Center for New Music. Information on the concrete events of the OD project will be regularly published at its website: www.newmusicostrava.cz.
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