ECHOFLUXX 14, PRAGUE (CZ)

Echofluxx is a festival of new media, music and art, organised by American artist Dan Senn (co-founder of well known venue Roulette in New York).

Echofluxx has own specific international atmosphere and introduces artists from over the world, mainly from USA and Czech Republic.

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Echofluxx Ensemble: from the left – John Keston (Minneapolis), Mark Zanter (West Virginia), Agnes Kutas (Budapest-Prague), Brigid Burke (Melbourne), Michael Karman (Portland), David Means (USA), Lucie Vítková (Brno).

This year, I had an opportunity to participate on the program in various ways – solo recital Ideas and Techniques on May 6th, premiere of my new piece Flute and Tape, commissioned by Lenka Kozderková on 9th and also as a memeber of the Echofluxx Ensemble at the end of the festival on 10th.

The festival events were very well documented, so you can experience the unique space and acoustics of Trafačka Arena in Prague through these videorecordings:

Review of the festival for the Assymetry Music Magazine by Michael E. Karman.

BAY AREA TOUR 2014 (USA)

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February 16th with my lovely friend Laura Steenberge at her house in Oakland.

Accordion, Viola da Gamba and Voices
Laura Steenberge_Cathedrals

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Lucie Vítková_Fast Interaction, Ready Made 02

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February 18th Music of Lucie Vítková at Center for New Music, 55 Taylor Street, San Francisco
…nice and bitter… (accordion solo)
Behind the Wall (for ensemble)
Transparent Melody (for ensemble)
With Voice (accordion, harmonica and voice)
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Ensemble Improvisation

Matt Ingalls: clarinet/bass cl., John Ingle: alto sax, Ben Kreith: violin, Tim Perkis: electronics, Lucie Vítková: accordion, harmonica, voice

http://sfsound.org/series/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNE1TGl33xI

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February 23rd with Bob Marsh, Joe Lasqo and Joe Snape at Berkeley Arts Festival…

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With amazing person and versatile artist Bob Marsh, we created a duo of tap dancing accordionists!

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http://joelasqo.com/blog/2014/02/18/msppiano-w-troppo-giogio-fisarmonicisti-futuristi-cz-lucie-vitkova-uk-joe-snape-ca-joe-lasqo-bob-marsh-sun-23-feb-berkeley-arts-festival-9pm-set-1-eric-glick-rieman-8pm/

During my stay I was invited by my great friend and composer Sivan Eldar to give a talk about percussion in my compositions at the John Adams Young Composer School at Berkeley. I talked about DEKA DANCES, ACCEPT, FRAGILE PATTERNS and SKATING.

February 26thhttps://www.facebook.com/CrowdenComposers?hc_location=timeline

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February 28th – for the last concert I selected some pieces from my new album Ideas and Techniques. We performed at Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT) at Berkeley.
http://cnmat.berkeley.edu/

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I shared the night with the wonderful Joe Snape and his Tired Music.

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You can read about the event here, in short review by Catsynth!

http://www.catsynth.com/2014/03/lucie-vitkova-and-joe-snape-cnmat/

CD RELEASE 10/2013, BRATISLAVA (SK)

Proposal for an Alteration of the Score

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Proposal for an Alteration of the Score is the newest release by Jolana Havelková (visual artist) and Lucie Vítková (composer). The work is an allusion to František Kmoch, a 19th century composer who lived in the Czech city of Kolín. Jolana has created new interpretations of Kmoch’s works and turned them into graphic scores. These were then played and recorded by Lucie (on accordion, piano, organ and voice) at different places, each somehow relating to Kmoch’s life. The result is a minimalistic and rivetting work, combining lost memories and flashbacks with Kolín’s contemporary sonic environment.

http://zvukolom.org/releases/03-jolana-havelkova-lucie-vitkova-navrh-na-zmenu-partitury/

Teaser on Soundcloud – https://soundcloud.com/lucie-v-tkov/14-svornostenka

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/

AMERICAN PREMIERE, NEW YORK (USA)

American premiere of my piece Accept for accordion and symphonic orchestra in New York at the Beyond Cage Festival!

Nov. 07, 2012, at 8:00 pm | Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava: Cage, Wolff, Vítková

Ball Room, Bohemian National Hall (321 East 73rd Street, NYC)

Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava
Lucie Vítková
, Accordion • Petr Kotik, Conductor

Christian Wolff

individuals, collective (2012) WORLD PREMIERE

Lucie Vítková

Accept (2011) AMERICAN PREMIERE

John Cage

103 (1991) NEW YORK PREMIERE

http://www.semensemble.org/concerts/janacek-philharmonic-ostrava-at-bohemian-national-hall/

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Many thanks and gratefulness to Pauline Oliveros, who lent me her TITANO accordion for my performance. Wow, what a great sound, very brilliant instrument!

THE WULF, LOS ANGELES (USA)

the wulf. 1026 s. santa fe ave #203, Los Angeles ************************************************

Dec 1st 2012 8:00 p.m.

Music of Lucie Vítková

Soft Songs, Brass Trio, Reflections, Youth, In Memoriam

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=lucie+v%C3%ADtkov%C3%A1+the+wulf&sm=1

the wulff

Piece Reflections for accordion and dancer/performer consists of two performers, accordion,light source fixed on my accordion, 2 mirrors and darkness. The piece is based on reflecting sound and light with mirrors. I have one smaller mirror fixed on my face and second bigger one is in the hands of the performer, in this case in hands of my friend Jules Gimbrone. The sizes of the mirrors determine the form of the composition.

 

Composer, Improviser, Performer