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FESTIVAL OF EXPERIMENTAL FILM, MUSIC, DANCE AND POETRY
1. až 4. května 2019 od 19:30 hodin v Paralelní Polis, Dělnická 43, Praha 7 map

ECHOFLUXX ENSEMBLE
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Image by Magnolia Stephens

The Echofluxx Ensemble witll Perfect for voices, touchpads, images, and soundtrackLibretto in eleven boxes by Michael Karman Images by Magnolia Stephens Realized and performed by the Echofluxx Ensemble David Means, director, voice, touchpad, and soundtrack Michael Karman, librettist, touchpad Mary Garvie, voice Oskar Kubica, touchpad.

Five characters set out to discover a future perfect, one that will have been forged out of a labrinth of language, longings, and reflections on time and temperment. “Future, past and present merge and splinter and recombine over and over again until the whole process has been photographed and all the characters finish their brief traffic.”
Multiple layers of language, sound, and meaning team up to transcend traditional opera performance. “As we then go our separate ways, the memory of the night to come will live on in our hearts and minds long before it ever happens.” For voices, touchpads, images, and soundtrack Libretto in eleven boxes by Michael Karman Images by Magnolia Stephens Realized and performed by the Echofluxx Ensemble David Means, director, voice, touchpad, and soundtrack Michael Karman, librettist, touchpad Mary Garvie, voice Oskar Kubica, touchpad Saturday, May 4

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

Wednesday, May 1st, 19:30: Instinct Primal by Jan Kruml; International Film Festival with works TBA Ensemble Terrible with works by TBA 

Thursday, May 2rd, 19:30: International Film Festival works TBA); Phaerentz; Brigid Burke;

Friday, May 3rd
, 19:30: ; International Film Festival with works TBA; Hearn Gadbois; Jana Babincová & Pavla Zábranská.

Saturday, May 4th, 19:30: International Film Festival with works TBA;Perfect: David Means and the Echofluxx Ensemble with Oskar Kubica, Michael Karman and Mary Garvie.

The Echofluxx festivals are rooted in the mindfulness of Cage, the interplay of risk-taking and self actualization, and a resistance to media specificity in art. As spied in the distance to the University of Illinois in Urbana in the 1960s and 70s, collaborating composers emerged working graphically, sculpturally, in dance, theatre, film and clay, and then through a natural post-graduate diaspora, to produce artifacts, organizations, performances and festivals world-wide, the sum of which increases today.


Echofluxx is a festival of new media, visual art, and experimental music produced by FMErá of Prague. This year it will again present international and Czech performers in a four-day festival at Paralelní Polis in Prague, May 1-4, 2019.

Echofluxx je festival nových médií, vizuálního umění a experimentální hudby produkované Efemera Prahy. Letos se opět představí mezinárodní i české interprety v čtyřdenním festivalem v Paralelní Polis v Praze, květen 2019 1-4.




DOCUMENTATION OF PAST
ECHOFLUXX FESTIVALS




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Opening Performance Orchestra
Fraction Music XI (hear)
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Susan Hefner & Michael Evans (hear)
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Ensemble Terrible
z_e_n by Martin Klusák (hear)
.Low by Petr Hora (hear)
Mysie mozgy by Miroslav Thot (hear)
Tarantelle by Jakub Rataj (hear)
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Echofluxx Ensemble
Sound-Houses: Floorpiece Five (hear)
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Camilla Hoitenga
The Sands of Time by Miyuki Ito (hear)
.Synchronie with Lenka Kozerková
by Yoshihis Taďra (hear)
....Silbern by Karola Obermüller (hear)
Beriliner Andenken by David Means (hear)



FamaQ PROGRAM - Karel Husa(*1921) (video), String Quartet no.4 “Poems” (1989), I. Bells, II. Sunlight, III. Darkness, IV. Hope, V. Wild Birds, VI. Freedom Daniel Matej (*1963) (video) Nice (2004/2011); Martin Burlas (*1955) (video) Panadol for string quartet and CD track (2006); Georg Friedrich Haas (*1953) (video), String Quartet no.5 (2007). Hong Kong New Music Ensemble PROGRAM - Sailing Along the Heart of Remembrance (video) by Austin Leung; Vexatious by Joungmin Lee (video); Vortex Illusion Mei-Fang Lin (video); Au Revoir, Svetozar by Rodney Waschka II (video); the hands we used to make were clay (video) by Sarah Westwood; Ding II by Stephen Yip (video). Mario va Horrik and Petra Dubach PROGRAM  - The Table Piece (video); Maciunas Ensemble PROGRAM - For Paul (video).  BITCOIN Cafe Performances PROGRAM - Marek Hlaváč (video); +x (video); Jiří Suchánek (video); Echofluxx Ensemble PROGRAM - Apropos of Not That (video).






Echofluxx Ensemble, David Means, Director
Lucie Vítková, solo performance
John Keston, solo performance
Lenka Kozderková, work by Dan Senn
Lenka Kozderková, work by Lucie Vítková
Lenka and Markéta 1 of 2, ensemble work
Lenka and Markéta 2 of 2, ensemble work
Agnes Kutas 1 of 2, solo performance
Agnes Kutas 2 of 2, solo performance
Brigid Burke, solo performance
Phaerentz, solo performance
Dariusz Mazurowski, solo performance
Michal Kindernay, solo performance
Mark Zanter, solo performance
Puppenklinik Installation, Diana Winklerová
& Dan Senn (sound only)

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Echofluxx 11 Documentation

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Phill Niblock
, Phill & Katherine Liberovskaya, Katherine & Al Margolis, Al Margolis, Michal Rataj, Michal and Ivan Boreš, Ivan Boreš, Peter Szely, Martin Janíček & Petr Ferenc, Martin Blažíček & Krzysztof Topolski, Anja Kaufmann & Frances Sander, George Cremaschi, Hana Železná, Petra Dubach & Mario van Horrik, Hearn Gadbois.
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Echofluxx 11 site



"ZÁKON/THE LAW"
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Kostka Gallery installation, The Meetfactory,
by Pavla Zambranská and Jana Babincová
Pavla Zábranská (aka Pavla Nešverová) is a performer, improvvisior lecturer, grapphic designer. video artist from Prague. Since 2014, she has worked for Czech Television. She has a Masters degree at the Academy of Art, Architecture and Design in Prague, and BA from the Royal Academy of Arts in Den Haag, The Netherlands, and has studied organ at the Prague Conservatory. She has collaborated with Jana Babincová, on Zákon / The Law, Kostka Gallery, Meetfactory, a portion of which will be seen at Echofluxx. She a Jana have also collaborated on Gammatone: The White Room, Pragovka, Prague. Since 2016, she has lectured at FDU, Pilsen, Anglo-American University, Prague, Seoul, KUCD, South Korea, Prague College, Typoclub Afterwork lecture, Bern University of Arts, Switzerland, Typocakap by TypoKaki, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, The multi 2016, SUNY Purchase’s design conference, New York. SITE
Jana Babincová (Prague)
has a degree in paintingfrom FaVU in Brno, studying with Doc.MgA. Petra Kvíčaly with her diploma  Jiri Valoch, the head of her diploma thesis under the tutelage fo Jiri Valoch. She has presented her work in a number of Czech independent galleries and institutions, such as NTK or MeetFactoy Prague Gallery, Emil Filla Gallery in Ústí nad Labem, Gallery of the City of Pilsen, Youth Gallery in Brno, but also in a foreign contexts such as the Owensboro Museum of Fine Arts, USA  and as part of a residency at Volkshotel in the Netherlands. She has also lived in Belgium, Germany, Spain and Slovakia for residences and scholarships. Her works are represented in a number of private and state collections, such as the Marek Collection, or the Collection of Jiří Valoch within the National Gallery in Prague. SITE
Jan Kruml (Prague) a Czech musician, performer, remixer and mastering engineer. will present his solo project Instinct Primal. Created in with inspiration from the post-industrial and dark ambient scene, Instinct Primal continually develops it's own signature sound-worlds. Utilizing very personal and original field recordings as the primary source material, Kruml is able to extract fine detail from the "melody" lines into networks of noise. The recordings thus come to life purely on their own, other times with electronic manipulation. Either way, the result has been a series of uniquely brooding compositions. INSTINCT PRIMAL SITE
Petr Ferenc (aka Phaerentz)
is a Prague-based electronic musician, promoter and music journalist. Phaerentz focuses on physical qualities of sound and its reaction with space and listeners‘ bodies and minds. By phase shifting of short  loops he creates surprising acoustic and polyrhythmic phenomena that cannot be fully anticipated beforehand. The result is a psycho-acoustic minimalist experience that focuses on extended repetition as a means to discovering motion in static. It’s psychophysical! Minimalism. Pulse. Throbbing spaces. Repetition is the strongest variation possible. Slow development and living through every single second. We do not want to skip the time of our lives, do we? Better be real than postmodern. SITE
See Petr at Echofluxx 14.

Hearn Gadbois (Prague)
 "I live in Prague, whence I washed ashore as a pirate-practitioner, a miscegenator of numerous musical styles. The paths that brought me here are many, so too are the things that I do. I teach, perform and record; I collaborate with artists of many disciplines, including my partner, dancer Rena Milgrom. While living here I have recorded and released three solo cds, and recently had my music used in the documentary City of Gold (premiered at Sundance Film Festival), and live-scored Dziga Vertov's silent film, Man With a Movie Camera at Space NoD. I  perform and tour with the ensembles FysioArt, and have been doing some work with the Balkan band BraAgas.  II've worked in musical settings as diverse as the European Overtone Choir, P.I.O., Slet Bubiniku, Vladimir Vaclavek, Philokallia Ensemble, Feng-yun Song, and Boro Balkan Band. I play solo concerts, create live and recorded music for dance and theatre productions, and participate in numerous projects. I am often to be found tinkering in my laboratory, constructing an audio track, carving or building some sort of special instrument, or helping students hone and develop their rhythmic skills." See Hearn at Echofluxx 11.


Brigid Burke (Melbourne) is an Australian composer, performance artist, clarinet soloist, visual artist, video artist and educator whose creative practice explores the use of acoustic sound and technology to enable media performances and installations that are rich in aural and visual nuances. Her work is widely presented in concerts, festivals, and radio broadcasts throughout Australia, Asia, Brazil, Europe and the USA. Recently she has been a recipient of an Australia Council Project Music Fellowship & new work commissions ‘Coral Bells’ & “Instincts and Episodes’ also Artist in Resident at Marshall University USA with a Edwards Distinguished Professor Artist Residency 2015 &17with ensemble BHZ, Indiana University but  and ADM NTU Singapore. Also recently she presented works on the Big screen at Federation Square Melbourne, Tilde Festival, ABC Classic FM, International Media Festival Echofluxx in Prague and Generative Art Festivals GA19 Italy. She has a PhD in Composition from UTAS The University of Tasmania and a Master of Music in Composition from The University of Melbourne. Brigid's gaphic image is used again this year for the Echofluxx banner above! SITE

David Means (Minnesota)
studied architecture at the University of Illinois, where he participated in John Cage’s first Music Circus. He later pursued DMA studies in composition with Ben Johnston, Herbert Brűn, and Salvatore Martirano.  Since moving to Minnesota in 1978 he’s received numerous awards, fellowships, exhibitions and commissions from New Music America (Minneapolis, Hartford, Houston), IRCAM (Paris), Documenta 9 (Kassel), and received five McKnight Composer Fellowships since 1982. In 1997 he founded the Strange Attractors Festivals of Experimental Intermedia at Metropolitan State University, where he retired in 2017 as professor emeritus of music and intermedia art. SITE


Michael Karman was born some time ago in Northern California. His youth and some of his adult life was misspent in Southern California. He went to different schools here and there and was married and divorced a few times but has three talented sons and many lovely friends, so it all works out. He also writes poetry, paints, and photographs (the three P’s). He currently lives in Barcelona, Spain. Michael will be presenting texts "Call It A Mirror" and "Somewhere Ago" as performed by Mary Garvey, Maureen Koelsch, Oskar Kubica, and David Means. See Michael's work at Echofluxx 18.

Oskar Kubica (Prague)
is from northern Moravia and found his way to music through friends in this musically rich location. Later he moved to Prague where he experimented with the artist group called „Frank Lambert“. Oskar joined Echofluxx in 2015 while selling beer at the bar at Trafačka which has since been razed. A year later, for E16, he joined the Ensemble as a percussionist. Nowadays Oskar can be found jamming in obscure Prague places with ad-hoc groups of musicians. See Oskar performing at at Echofluxx 18

Mary Garvie (St Paul)
sings and makes fine pottery. She was a founding member of the Nobles eXperimental interMedia Group (Minnesota) and performed in several dance-theater works by Georgia Stephens (Minnesota). She has also been involved in collaborations with choreographer Maureen Koelsch, composer David Means, writers Jon Spayde and Michael Karman, and has performed with the Echofluxx Ensemble since 2016.

Nicholas Senn (US) is a Milwaukee-based artist and visionary born in Australia and trained in the US. He currently runs a sports promotional video service but has worked extensively as a film hand, documentarian and experimental filmmaker. He has a degree in film from the Peck School of the Arts in Wisconsin. SITE


Dan Senn (Prague-Wisconsin)
is an intermedia artist working in music composition, kinetic sound sculpture, experimental and documentary film. He has been a professor of music and art in the United States and Australia. Dan travels internationally as a lecturer, performer and installation artist living in Prague where he directs the Echofluxx festivals, and Watertown, Wisconsin, the USA, with his partner- collaborator, Caroline Senn. Dan's work moves freely between expressive extremes and languages depending upon the aesthetic joust at hand. He studied music (composition, French Horn, conducting) and art (ceramics) at the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse with Truman Daniel Hayes, Leonard Stach and William Estes, and at the University of Illinois, Urbana (composition), with Salvatore Martirano, Ben Johnston and Herbert Brün. His music is published by Smith Publications of Baltimore. His work for "Any Three Treble Instruments In the Same Key," called "Rivus," was released in 2015 by Ravello Records, along with works by Scotto and Cage and performed by the McCormick Percussion Group. In 2017 his work "Four Psams Modal" was premiered by the Kuhn Choir of Prague, and his "Seven for Piano" was premiered in February 2017 by Caroline Senn in Wisconsin. Dan founded Newsense-Intermedium of Tacoma, Washington, cofounde both Roulette Intermedium of New York City and  Echofluxx  of Prague whre he serves as director. SITE

ENSEMBLE TERRIBLE
 

Ensemble Terrible at Echofluxx 19
Ensemble Terrible (Prague) is composed mainly of students and graduates of the Music and Dance Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. The ensemble focuses on contemporary and experimental music of the 21st Century and was introduced to Prague audiences in the autumn of 2016 at a MeetFactory concert. An important social and aesthetic concern of the group is to assist bringing new audiences together by the simple selection of the presentation space. This was the case with recent concerts at Venus in Švehlovec, Pianka Dalibor, and Paralelni Polis for last year's Echofluxx 18, an interdisciplinary art festival.  This effectively links the academic environment with related forms of contemporary art. Ensemble Terrible rejects the division of art genres as well as judgments such as "high and low art," or even "good or bad art." What may now seem terrible, in time, may become terribly beautiful. SITE

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Janina Alachnovič (Belarus)
is a student at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. She started to learn music theory at seven years old and play flute at eight. At the age of twelve, during study at Music school №1 in Minsk, she made her debut at music competitions in Minsk and Kaunas. In 2006 she won the 3rd prize The First Christian Festival “Blagovest” Minsk. At the age of sixteen Yanina decided for professional music education and continues her studies at Gymnasium-college of Arts “I. O. Akhremchik” in Minsk. In 2012 she won 2nd prize at the XVII International Competition n.a. E. Coca in Chisinau, Moldova and in 2013 and 2nd prize at the V International Competition “Surmi Bukoviny” Chernivtsi, Ukraine. Also as a soloist she performed with youth wind orchestra “Fanfares of Nemiga” on festivals in Belarus, Italy, France and Poland. In 2015 Yanina become a student of Jiří Válek’s and Mario Mesany’s in Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. She also studied at master courses with Samuel Coles, Michael Schmid, Janet Richardson and summer school in Diekirch, Luxembourg. Yanina performs in the concerts of classical, contemporary and improvisation music. From  2017 working as the flute teacher in The International School of Music and Fine Arts in Prague.
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Zabelov Roman (Belarus)
was born into a musical family in a small village Zhilich where he graduated local music school playing the accordion under the guidance of his father. In 2010 he graduated "Playing the Accordion" at the Prague State Conservatory and in parallel began to study composition. Since 2014, he studied composition at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague led by Slavomíra Hořinka.He is an active musician/accordionist, working in the band Zabelov Group. He is also the author of theater music and music for films.

David Danel (Prague),
violin, received his musical education at the Janacek Conservatory of Music in Ostrava and at the University of Ostrava Institute of the Arts.  Mr. Danel has won prizes in several national and international competitions including the L. van Beethoven International Violin Competition and the L. Janacek Violin Competition Brno, appeared as soloist with orchestras in the Czech Republic and abroad, and he performed as soloist at such festivals as the Prague Spring, Contempuls, Forfest ao. Between 2000 – 2011 he was a member of the PKF - Prague Philharmonia and Guest Lecturer at the University of Ostrava. His strong interest in contemporary music is reflected in his performances with the new music group MoEns (formerly Mondschein Ensemble), the international Ostravska Banda, the Prague-based Early Reflections and in his artistic direction of ensemble Prague Modern (in 2015 the group was awarded Coup de Coeur Award by the French Academy of Charles Cros for the recording of Dai Fujikura music, appearances at Musica Strasbourg, Festival Besancon ao.). He is also a founder of a string quartet fama Q that has performed at the prestigious festivals such as Contempuls Prague, Prague Spring Festival, Israel Festival Jerusalem, Cluj Modern (Romania), ISCM World New Music Days, MusicOlomouc (CZ), Exposition of New Music Brno (CZ) etc., on concerts and tours to France, Japan, Romania, Slovakia, Spain and the USA. David Danel enjoys looking for ways to bring the violin into new mediums, and occasionally cooperates with dancers, choreographers, visual artists, narrators, he is a guest member of the Prague Improvisation Orchestra. He frequently premieres new works by Czech composers.
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Ondřej Štochl (Prague)
studied the viola (1989 – 1995) and the composition (1992 – 1996) at the conservatoire in Prague. He continued his studies under prof. Marek Kopelent at the Music Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts (1997 – 2003). During his studies, he took part in various courses for the composers – under these lectors: Zygmunt Krauze, Paul Méfano, Vinko Globokar, Osvaldas Balakauskas or Guy Reibel. Simultaneously, he was getting a lot of experience in performing contemporary music. His works include chamber and orchestral pieces, sometimes with vocal or electronic element. He is artistic leader and viola player of the „Ensemble Konvergence“ and chairman of the composers group of the same name. He works on its projects as a dramaturgist of its concerts series and they take part in festivals of (not only) contemporary music (ENH Brno 2004, Forfest Kroměříž 2002, Mélos-Étos Bratislava 2003, Unerhörte Musik Berlin 2007, Prague premieres 2008, Prague spring 2009…). As a composer, he also took part in ISCM World music days 2007 in Hong-Kong as a representative of the Czech republic. Among interprets of his compositions (abroad and in the Czech republic) are various chamber groups (for example Luxembourg Sinfonietta, Ensemble Bern Modern, Moens Ensemble), soloists (Petr Nouzovský – violoncello, Karel Dohnal – clarinet, Cécille Boiffin – vibraphone, Iris Gerber or David Kalhous – piano) and orchestras (Moravian philharmony Olomouc, Prague chamber orchestra) Ondřej will also have a performance of his work "Epilog" on the concert. SITE.

Michael JERMÁŘ (Prague)
studies at the Prague Conservatory (prof. Pavel Fiedler, Pavel Škrna). In July 2014 he accepted the invitation of excellent French saxophonist Philippe Portejoie to study in his class at the Conservatoire ŕ Rayonnement Régional de Paris, the Paris Conservatory, where he stays 2014-2016 studying both schools simultaneously. In 2016 Michael begins his Bachelor studies at the University of Ostrava (prof. Zbigniew Kaleta, PhD.), in the same year he graduates at Prague Conservatory playing Jacques Ibert’s Concertino da camera accompanied by the Conservatory orchestra and giving a Graduation recital. In academic year 2017/2018 he does his Erasmus+ Programme at the Uniwersytet Muzyczny Fryderyka Chopina (UMFC - Chopin University) in Warsaw, where prof. dr. hab. Paweł Gusnar and Mgr. Pablo Sánchez-Escariche Gasch lead him. In 2014 Michael recorded the saxophone episode of “Filharmonici na ulici,” a show by the Czech Television, and premiered “Three pieces for alto saxophone solo” by Hanuš Gočár. In 2018/2019 he is looking forward to premiere “BACH’erevko,” a piece written and dedicated to him by world-famous French composer François Rossé. Under the baton of flutist Philippe Bernold, Michael performed Ravel’s Boléro with the Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava and collaborated with the Czech Philharmonic Student Orchestra as well as the Orchestre Symphonique du CRR de Paris. He is a member of Ensemble Terrible, a contemporary project that works under the Academy of Performing Arts Prague, and plays in the Chopin University Bigband. SITE

Daniel Petrásek (Prague),
cellist, studied at Prague Conservatory in the class of Tomáš Strašil and continued his studies at Academy of Performing Arts in Prague with Mikael Ericsson. He graduated as a member of Ančerl Quartet, with specialization in Chamber Music - String Quartet. He is a leader of violoncello section in West Bohemian Symphony Orchestra. He is also active in teaching music. Apart from regular teaching, he founded the workshop Cellování together with cellist Vojtěch Urban.
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