OSTRAVA DAYS 2013 (CZ)

31st August 2013, New music festival Ostrava Days 2013, Dům Kultury Hall, Ostrava, CZ.

Lucie Vítková_MAsterpiece (ensemble, symphonic orchestra and choir ad libitum); conductor – J. Kalitzke, Temporary Ensemble, Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava, recorded for Czech radio Český Rozhlas Ostrava.

My third time at Ostrava Days residency. This biennale is always highlight of the year!

This time the organizers with Petr Kotík invited composers such as Philip Glass, Christian Wolff, Charlemagne Palestine, Peter Ablinger, Jon Gibson and Carola Bauckholt.

http://www.newmusicostrava.cz/en/ostrava-days-festival/program

All photos by Martin Popelář.

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During the rehearsal with Johannes Kalitzke.

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MAsterpiece was played at the closing concert of the festival: http://www.newmusicostrava.cz/en/p-closing-concert-2013-126 and the ensemble was created of resident students of Ostrava Days. We got a very specific instrumentation together – Lucie vítková-harmonica, Máté Balogh-melodica, Ben Richter-accordion, Diale Mabitsela-el. guitar, Nissim Schaul-violin, Béatrice Laplante-english horn, James Ilgenfritz-double bass, Jack Callahan-drum set.

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As a member of Ostravská Banda, I played the accordion in Peter Ablinger´s piece Three Places Ostrava – Cathedral of the Divine Saviour, City Market MM Centrum, Foyer of former Union Bank. The whole piece includes the transitions from place to place, when the audience is helping us to carry our music stands and instruments.

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The improvisation ensemble led by Thomas Buckner, with guests Christian Wolff (piano) and Jon Gibson (saxophone). For this set I chose to play harmonica to be capable to move around and explore very specific environment of Coal Mine Michal.

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Charlemagne Palestine instrumented his Schlingen Schlängen for Ostrava for piano, voices, accordion, double bass and organ. The half an hour piece finished the concert night with a huge sound in the hall covered in red light.

Here you can see the documentary film which shows the interviews with the composers of Ostrava Days 2013:

http://www.ceskatelevize.cz/porady/1095218055-terra-musica/413234100031001/video/