Press reviews

In two weeks’ time, Ostrava Days will turn the North-Moravian metropolis into an epicentre of new and experimental music

14.8.2017

Ostrava, August …, 2017 – Ostrava is an important cultural hub, especially well-regarded in the musical world, and Ostrava Days, since the inception of the festival in 2001, has been a major factor behind this reputation. Ostrava Center for New Music, led by Petr Kotík, composer and indefatigable ch... View article


Space & Sound, Ostrava in Prague

16.12.2016

Check out the newest review about Space & Sound project for Czech music Quarterly by Matěj Kratochvíl. Page 1Page 2Page 3... View article


BACHTRACK: NODO MARCHES ON WITH DOUBLE BILL OF CÍGLER AND AYRES

30.7.2016

The third night of New Opera Days Ostrava was the lengthiest and most formal night of the festival, taking place in the Antonín Dvořák Theatre and consisting of a double bill of two hour-long operas. Petr Cíglers Protracted Sinuous Movement of a Longitudinal Object, a NODO commission, was presented ... View article


Bachtrack: NODO winds down with phenomenal Oresteia

2.7.2016

During the second scene of Oresteia, baritone Holger Falk vacillated wildly between his deep, low range and a higher falsetto, flinging his voice to the edges of human possibility in his portrayal of Kassandra who, in spurning the Greek god Apollo, has acquired the gift of fortune-telling simultaneo... View article


BACHTRACK: AMBITIOUS WORLD PREMIÈRE OF AT THE WATERS OF LETHE IN OSTRAVA

29.6.2016

The first night having taken place on the outskirts of town in the Coal Mine Bathrooms, I was curious as to where Id land on the second night of New Opera Days Ostrava. This time I found myself at Cooltour, a more conventional theater above a coffeeshop/bookstore complete with outdoor patio from whi... View article


BACHTRACK: AMBITIOUS WORLD PREMIÈRE OF AT THE WATERS OF LETHE IN OSTRAVA

29.6.2016

The first night having taken place on the outskirts of town in the Coal Mine Bathrooms, I was curious as to where Id land on the second night of New Opera Days Ostrava. This time I found myself at Cooltour, a more conventional theater above a coffeeshop/bookstore complete with outdoor patio from whi... View article


The New York Times: Celebrating the Birthday of an Avant-Garde Hotbed

13.5.2016

If you were an avant-garde composer about a half-century ago, the answer to the question of where you’d spent your summer vacation was, more likely than not, unassuming Darmstadt, Germany. Established in 1946 in that small city near Frankfurt was a warm-weather music course that proved peerlessly in... View article


New York Classical Review: Darmstadt Institute goes back to the future, brilliantly

12.5.2016

Darmstadt Institute New York exists to bring to the city new performances of all the old favorites from the original Darmstadt International Summer Course for New Music. The latter is still extent, in its 70th year—the local version is a relative grandchild, 59 years behind. The Darmstadt course is... View article


The Guardian: Roscoe Mitchell played with startling precision

10.5.2016

The SEM Ensemble has always held a missionary zeal for contemporary programming. That was the case when composer-conductor Petr Kotik founded the group and led its initial performances of works by John Cage and Cornelius Cardew in the 1970s. And this crew is still ahead of the curve – as they demons... View article


Kurt Gottschalk about Ostrava Days 2015 Institute

31.1.2016

January 31, 2016New York internet magazine for classical musichttp://www.classicalite.com/ EXCLUSIVE: Students, Teaching –Kurt Gottschalk at Ostrava Days 2015 [REVIEW]http://www.classicalite.com/articles/31327/20160131/exclusive-student-teaching-kurt-gottschalk-at-ostrava-days-2015-review.htm Besi... View article


Small Ensemble, Big Thinking

29.12.2015

Ostrava, a smallish Czech city of some 300,000 people about 10 kilometers from the Polish border, hosts the biennial Ostrava Days, a small festival, itself, but with audiences usually numbering a couple hundred. Both city and fest think big. In recent years, Ostrava has seen a remarkable amount of d... View article


ConcertoNet: Creations Alluring And Alienating

22.12.2015

Any concert by the extraordinary virtuosi of the S.E.M. Ensemble is a celebration, though I did almost walk out of their performance of John Cages Atlas Eclipticalis several years ago. That was, I am assured by those wiser than myself, my own shortcoming. Artistic Director Petr Kotik may have conten... View article


New York Classical Review: S.E.M. Ensemble serves up a bounty of old and new premieres

22.12.2015

The S.E.M. Ensembles annual December concert at the Paula Cooper Gallery has been dominated in recent years by music from Petr Kotik, the ensembles founder and music director. The previous two concerts have featured Kotiks substantial settings of text from Gertrude Stein, Many Many Women and his new... View article


Classicalite: Orchestral Maneuvers in the Czech - Kurt Gottschalk at Ostrava Days 2015

22.11.2015

While the biannual Ostrava Days in the Czech Republic features, primarily, a wide array of post-1950 solo and small ensemble pieces, it is, at its heart, a symphonic endeavor--founded and curated by Czech composer/conductor Petr Kotik. Over the course of nine expansive nights in August, running this... View article


ALL THESE ARE THE DAYS MY FRIENDS: OSTRAVA DAYS 2015

28.9.2015

Ostrava appears on a map in my guide book to the Czech Republic, but there ss nothing else there on the city: no story, no sights to see, not even a mention of its population or its reputation. Ostrava sits near the far east end of the eastern province of Moravia, and the closest notable destination... View article


Modern Merriment in Ostrava

31.8.2015

How often does one see the composer of a symphonic work sitting in with the orchestra on saxophone for the première? This was by no means the most unusual moment of the Ostrava Days New and Experimental Music Festival, which wrapped with a razor-sharp performance by the hometown orchestra, the Janáč... View article


Ostrava Days 2015 presents new & experimental music

14.8.2015

North Moravia will present some rare pieces in its biennial music festival The biennial Ostrava Days New & Experimental Music Festival kicks off Aug. 21 with an unusually impressive list of premieres, and homages to some of the most influential 20th and early 21st century composers. Prague Pos... View article


NY Times: A New-Music Concert by the Orchestra of the S.E.M. Ensemble

4.5.2015

A New-Music Concert by the Orchestra of the S.E.M. Ensemble NY TimesNate Chinen... View article


OSTRAVA DAYS 2013 AT YOUTUBE.COM

12.2.2015

Have you seen the documentary movie about Ostrava Days 2013? Check out our 30-minute long documentary movie about Ostrava Days 2013 by Tomáš Pavelek at youtube.com.... View article


BBC Music Magazine: A Diamond In The Rough

6.6.2014

Elizabeth Davis visits a world-ranking contemporary music festival and discovers an unpolished gem in a city often overshadowed by its minig history. View article


Musical America: Christian Wolff @ 80 Spry in Every Respect

8.4.2014

During the postwar years, the "New York School" of composers - Christian Wolff, John Cage, Morton Feldman, and Earle Brown - helped to refine the aesthetic of American experimental music. Although calling the group a "school" has stuck as a moniker, it suggests a lockstep organisation of rules and ideals that this ad hoc family of free thinkers decidedly was not. View article