Formed in 2005 by Petr Kotík as the resident chamber orchestra for the biennial Ostrava Days, Ostravská banda (on the picture with artistic director Petr Kotík, Ostrava Days 2011) consists of young musicians from Europe and U.S. whose primary interest is the performance of new music. Principal conductors are Petr Kotík, Roland Kluttig, Peter Rundel, Ondřej Vrabec, in 2011 Johannes Kalitzke and Barbara Kler cooperated with Ostravská banda during Ostrava Days Festival. The core instrumentation of 24 payers can change according the requirements of each score.
The repertoire include composers of the 20th century: John Cage, Morton Feldman, György Ligeti, Luigi Nono, Edgard Varése, and Iannis Xenakis, among others, and our contemporaries Louis Andriessen, Elliot Carter, Petr Kotík, Alvin Lucier, Tristan Murail, Phill Niblock, Christian Wolff, Salvatore Sciarrino, Wolfgang Rihm, Martin Smolka, Miroslav Srnka, Peter Graham ,and Petr Bakla among many young emerging composers.
Apart from regular performances at Ostrava Days festivals, Ostravská banda permorms and tours at such venues as the Paris Conservatoire, Zankel Hall, Prague Spring Festival, Akademie der Künste in Berlin, Vredenburg in Utrecht, Allice Tuly Hall at Lincoln Centre, and musicadhoy in Madrid, to name just a few. Ostravská banda performed as an opera orchestra for the first time in 2012, for the first biennial NODO Festival (New Opera Days Ostrava). NODO has been established by Ostrava Center for New Music in cooperation with National Moravian-Silesian Theatre.
They said about Ostravská banda in 2011:
..." In the Cage, the piano part, played here by
Joseph Kubera, is whatever the player makes of it: the soloist builds it by choosing
from a compilation of 64 short pieces. The ensemble players have similar
leeway, working from graphic notation that includes the instruction, “Any
number of pages may be performed, including none at all.” ... Curiously, Mr.
Kotik and company made the work sound entirely coherent, with
plentiful interplay and internal dialogue."
Alan Kozin, The New York Times, April, 16 2011
This year, Banda played with a lot of
energy, going very far above only reading notes. .. It's great that Czech
Republic (which is a bit „sleepy country” in the field of contemporary classical
music) boasts an ensemble capable of keeping up with leading European ensembles.. "
Petr Bakla, Harmonie 10/2011
OSTRAVSKÁ BANDA AND S.E.M. ENSEMBLE CELEBRATE THE 80TH BIRTHDAY OF COMPOSER CHRISTIAN WOLFF WITH THREE CONCERTS: MARCH 26 - 27
TICKETS FOR ONLY PERFORMANCE OF PHILIP GLASS ENSEMBLE FOR 1 200,- CZK AVAILABLE ONLY TILL MARCH 31, 2013!!!
ONLY PERFORMANCE OF PHILIP GLASS IN CZECH REPUBLIC. TICKETS AT ADVANCE-PURCHASE DISCOUNT AVAILABLE FROM DECEMBER 12!!
MANY MANY WOMEN BY PETR KOTÍK HAS BEEN MOVED TO THE INVISIBLE DOG ART CENTER TOMORROW - FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2!!
OSTRAVSKÁ BANDA AND JANÁČEK PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA AT BEYOND CAGE FESTIVAL, NEW YORK (OCTOBER 22 - NPVEMBER 7, 2012)
THE ORCHESTRA OF THE S.E.M. ENSEMBLE, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13 AT 8:00 PM, PAULA COOPER GALLERY, NEW YORK
First pictures of Ostravská banda and Orchestra of The S.E.M. Ensemble taken at the public rehearsal in NY
Exceptionally, we extend the possibility of
sending applications to the Ostrava Days 2011 Institute till April 15th 2011.
Do not miss this unique opportunity!
Ostravska banda in New York - Carnegie Hall (Zankel Hall) and Bohemian National Hall, Czech Center New York
April 13, 2011, 7.30 p. m.
April 15, 2011, 7.00 p. m.
ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR RESIDENCY AT OSTRAVA DAYS 2011
APPLICATION DEADLINE IS MARCH 15, 2011.
PLEASE JOIN OSTRAVSKÁ BANDA FOR THE FALL 2010 TOUR CONCERTS
(October 22 – November 5)
OCNM and Svatováclavský hudební festival, festival Contempuls, City of Opava, Akademia Muzyczna im. Karola Szymanowskiego w Katowicach, Kulturzentrum bei den Minoriten and Muziekcentrum Vredenburg present the Ostravská banda Fall 2010 tour.
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).
PUBLISHING: DVD Documentary and Ostrava Days 2009 Report !!!
The DVD Ostrava’s New
Music Foundry (in both Czech and
English versions) documents Ostrava Days 2009. We have also just finished the Ostrava Days
2009 Report (English publication). Both of them are available in our office!
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.