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The Brooklyn Rail: What Are They To You?

6.10.2017

For every culture there is a counter, in every niche there are yet further discrete splinters, internal disputes that boil down to who has the purest values. Then there are the rare instances of individuals who are cultures solely of themselves, who are sympathetic to this group or that, but who ult... View article


The Brooklyn Rail: Marc Sabat with Ondrej VEsely

5.10.2017

Marc Sabat (born 1965) is a Canadian composer of Ukrainian descent living in Berlin since 1999. He is a pioneer in the field of contemporary just intonation music. Together with Wolfgang von Schweinitz he has also developed the Extended Helmholtz-Ellis JI Pitch Notation system. I first got to know S... View article


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


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


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


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


New Music Box: Ostrava 2013

14.10.2013

If I might be permitted to adulterate a bit of Emily Dickinson, the 2013 edition of the Ostrava Days festival opened twice before its opening. (In addition to hosting a weeklong institute for student composers and two other evenings of composition and improvisation, all before the official Philharmonic Hall opening night.) View article


Neue Zeitschrift für Musik: Eine Grosse Nachtmusik

1.10.2013

Eine Grosse Nachtmusik Neue Zeitschrift für MusikThomas Wolkinger... View article


Cultured Cleveland: Season Openers

29.9.2013

That was no surprise in Ostrava, an industrial city in the northeast corner of the country that bears more than a passing resemblance to Cleveland, with abandoned factories dotting the landscape. Every two years, the city hosts one of the best modern music events in Europe – Ostrava Days, a gathering of students, players and composers modeled after Darmstadt. View article


Classical-music.com: Ostrava Days Festival, Czech Republic

29.8.2013

Search for Ostrava in any guide book to the Czech Republic and you won’t find it. And the city's Wikipedia page isn’t very encouraging either, focusing mainly on the city's heavy industry and its role as the region's administrative centre. View article


Hospodářské noviny: Ostrava Days

29.8.2013

Petr Kotík sat in the conductor’s room at Philharmonic Hall midweek during the Ostrava Days festival looking relaxed and happy. “It’s been going very well,” he said. “All the concerts have been successful.” View article


Prague Post: Philip Glass to play five-hour concert in Ostrava

7.8.2013

The modernist composer Philip Glass appears next week in Ostrava with his nine-member ensemble for a rare performance of a seminal piece for the opening concert of the Ostrava Days Festival 2013. The Philip Glass Ensemble's performance of Music in Twelve Parts promises to be a five-hour affair, though this includes an hour break for dinner midway. View article


Neue Zeitschrift für Musik: Ostrava Days 2011

28.11.2011

Ostrava Days 2011 Neue Zeitschrift für MusikBastian Zimmermann... View article


The Wire: Ostrava Days 2011

14.11.2011

Ostrava Music DaysOstrava, Czech Republic, various venues The Music Days, which composer and conductor Petr Kotík has run since 2001, must be the most ambitious contemporary composition event in Eastern Europe. Against the contemporary composition grain, programmes are long, but Kotík knows how muc... View article


International Piano: Ostrava Days Festival

10.11.2011

Ostrava Days Festival Morton Feldman Concert 28 August – 3 September Petr Kotiks Ostrava Days Festival has always demonstrated a liberal attitude to contemporary music. Where Morton Feldmans work has featured, the pianist has often been Joseph Kubera (pictured), one of the composers collaborators. ... View article


Seen and Heard International: Ambitious Closing Concert

16.9.2011

Walker, Padovani, Niblock, Rihm, Lang, Ustvolskaya: Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra, Ostravská Banda, JACK Quartet, Alexandr Vovk (baritone), Joseph Kubera (piano), Petr Kotik (conductor), Ondrej Vrabec (conductor), Barbara Kler (conductor), Philharmonic Hall, Ostrava, Czech Republic, 03.09.2011 ... View article


Seen and Heard International: Student Compositions Performed with Mixed Results

12.9.2011

Czech Republic Ostrava Days (6): Smith, Feery, Peszat, Sturalova, Ryczek: Conrad Harris (violin), Theo Nabicht (bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet), Thomas Verchot (trumpet), Zuzana Biscakova (piano), Chris Nappi (percussion), Ostravaská Banda String Quartet, Janacek Conservatory, Ostrava, Czech Rep... View article