June 21, 2016, we played with birds of Brooklyn Botanic Garden during the dawn and dusk as part of Make Music Day New York. The group consisted of David Rothenberg (clarinet, electronics), Charlie Raugh (guitar), Steve Scholle (shakuhachi), Hank Roberts (violincello) and myself on accordion, hichiriki, voice and objects.
Earlier that spring, we decided to find a brood of seventeen years old cicadas in Ohio and to do three days field work while playing long daily sessions with them and a final concert at the Bath Nature Preserve. The short movie Cicada Music in Ohio made out of the tour was filmed by Matthew Aidekman and edited by Umru Rothenberg. The latest news: it was accepted into the Short Pole London International Film Festival, Barcelona Planet Film Festival and to the Ethnografilm 2017 in Paris.
I have been chosen for the emerging artist program called the Thomas M. Messer Bohemian Creative Hub housed at Czech Center New York. During the spring 2016, I prepared a workshop about composition, everyday life and listening and also composed new piece Optional for American ensemble Interference which was premiered at the ballroom of Bohemian National Hall.
CCNY also screened a feature documentary movie about my work and life entitled “Accept” as part of the Eurasian Film Festival held in the CCNY cinema. More about the movie here.
In summer, I participated on the Rooftop Ciné-Concert Series, where we played introduction set with the NYC Constellation Ensemble. In the second part of the evening I provided the inspired soundtrack to the silent film: Golem.
My move to New York started with a concert on February 9, 2016:
To celebrate the release of the archival CD The Kitchen Improvises: 1976–1983 on Orange Mountain Music, composer George Lewis curates an evening of performances by Thomas Buckner (voice), Earl Howard (saxophones and electronics), Oliver Lake (saxophones), Lewis (electronics, trombone), Michael Lytle (clarinets), Miya Masaoka (koto and electronics), Ikue Mori (electronics), Andrea Parkins (accordion, objects, electronics), and Lucie Vítková (accordion and voice), inspired by that flowering of hybridity on the downtown New York music scene.
On May 9, 2016, I was part of the concert at Bohemian National with premiere of my piece Places to Meet for violin duo String Noise of Pauline Kim Harris, Konrad Harris and myself on accordion. At the end of the evening, I played an improvisation set with members of S.E.M. ensemble, George Lewis and Roscoe Mitchell.
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: