I am happy to announce a release of my new album Chorals through the Prague label Signals from Arkaim.
I have been composing these chorals for about one year for different occasions, though mainly for friends so that we could play together. Therefore each piece was recorded in a different location and under a different circumstance, bringing with it its own unique experience.
For the Reflektor series no. 5, I was challenged to create new piece on a theme: “Interplay of Sound and Performance”. It was a great opportunity to evolve my accordion and tap dance skills into one homogenic piece and to perform it in front of the huge crowd of people at the venue West Germany along Christiane Hommelsheim and Malte Giesen.
Big thanks to Stella Veloce, Anaïs Héraud and Katie Dunbar for great organising and promoting.
The peak of the spring season for me was the festival about improvisation Vs. Interpretation, presented by the Agosto Foundation in Prague space NOD. I was on the program with my solo set Ideas and Techniques (accordion, harmonica, voice) and was part of the conference with the paper about Christian Wolff´s music and improvisation. Over five days (16 – 20th July 2014) I met and heard great music theorists and improvisers such as Pauline Oliveros, George E. Lewis, Iva Bittová, Markus Popp, Joëlle Léandre, Annie Gosfield, Phill Niblock and Petr Kotík.
It was a great honour to be drawn during the performance by my favourite American artist Morgan O´Hara.
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.
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: