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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


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


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


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


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


Brooklyn Rail: Christian Wolff @ 80

2.4.2014

Two nights at the end of March served both to celebrate the 80th birthday of the composer Christian Wolff and to remind that connections to the New York School of composers—those responsible for some of the most radical and influential American music of the 20th century—are still very much with us. View article


The New York Times: Celebrating a Centenary With Works by a Friend

7.11.2012

You can picture the beatifically amused smile that would crease John Cage’s face, were he somehow able to witness the outpouring of tributes celebrating his 100th birthday this year. Yet as I was waiting to attend the latest event in his honor, at Alice Tully Hall on Monday evening, I was thinking a... View article


Sequenza 21: Cage and Beyond

26.10.2012

Just before intermission of the opening concert of the Beyond Cage Festival on October 22, I pulled out my iPhone to see if the Giants were beating the Cardinals for the National League Pennant, and was disoriented to see that it was 9:49pm. It seemed like there must have been a massive network malf... View article


New Yorker: Atlas Returns

8.10.2012

Atlas Returns New YorkerAlex Ross... View article


Brooklyn Rail: Cage at 100

3.9.2012

If you surveyed the concert programs of orchestras, opera companies, and chamber music ensembles across the country, then sorted the statistics, you would think that the center of gravity in classical music was slowly rotating through Central Europe—with occasional vacations to France, Italy, and Ru... View article


NODO Festival: White operatic spots / Petr Bakla

27.6.2012

Definitions of art genres are, naturally, neither absolute, nor sharp, nor unchangeable. Moving away from the clearly determined centre concurred by more or less all, and the nature of which is given mainly in historical terms, the unambiguity gets weaker and intersections with the other areas of art activities increase in number. View article


Zapisnik zmizelého: Gate to the Law Wide Open - Try to Enter

27.6.2012

With the Waiting for Godot dramaturgical ground-plan, the congeniously seized part of the Franz Kafka’s novel The Trial closed the New Opera Days Ostrava. The Gate to the Law by Salvatore Sciarrino is excellently written and Petr Kotík rehearsed it in adequate quality. The perfectly launched new festival saved the best for the last. View article


The New York Times: When Soloists Dont Necessarily Star

15.4.2011

When Soloists Don t Necessarily Star By ALLAN KOZINN Published: April 15, 2011 The composer Petr Kotik is also an adventurous conductor who founded and directs both the S.E.M. Ensemble, based in New York, and the Ostravska Banda, based in Ostrava, in the Czech Republic. Every now and then Mr. K... View article


Concerto.net: Wilder Shores of Music

14.4.2011

Petr Kotik is not a household name. But he wears as many elegant hats in the field of contemporary music as Ginger Rogers wore in the field of 1930’s musicals.  Not in order of importance, but Mr. Kotik is Founder, Director and Artistic Director of New York’s S.E.M. Ensemble, Artistic Director of th... View article


ART on AIR interview - Petr Kotik & Joseph Kubera

11.4.2011

David Weinstein in conversation with composer, conductor, flutist, and founding director of the S.E.M. Ensemble Petr Kotik and longtime ensemble member pianist Joseph Kubera in advance of their 2011 concert at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall.  The conversation ranges from specifics about the wide rang... View article