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FESTIVAL OF EXPERIMENTAL FILM, MUSIC, DANCE AND POETRY
5. až 8. května 2020 od 19:00 hodin v Paralelní Polis, Dělnická 43, Praha 7 map

ECHOFLUXX ENSEMBLE
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Echofluxx Ensemble

Two newly commissioned works will be premiered at Echofluxx 20 on Friday, May 8, 2020. INSTRUCTION DESTRUCTION by Michael Croswell will feature Randall Davidson, 'cello, with Mary Garvie, Oskar Kubica, Merilee Klemp, oboe and David Means. Using his own medical laboratory data, sounds, and imaging, Croswell creates a rich video and sound track that serves as a platform for movement and musical improvisation. GERTRUDE’S WORDS: All the Bidding Comes To Tea  is a rendition of Gertrude Stein’s word portrait of Sugar, included in the Food section of Tender Buttons, published in 1914. Choreographed, designed and directed by Georgia Stephens with sound design by David Means. Performers include Mary Garvie, David Means, Georgia Stephens and David Thornton


FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

Tuesday, May 5th, 19:00: Ensemble Terrible with works by Patrik Kako, Jan Jirucha, Milica Modrá, Haštal Hapka.

Wednesday, May 6th, 19:00: Brigid Burke (Australia); "Rotates As It Turn" poetry by Michael Karmen, read by Dan Senn; Films from Krastí by Martin Klusák, Jan Rybář, Marek Kimei Matvija, Kvéta Přibzlová

Thursday, May 7th
, 19:00: Performers from MuTe at the University of Texas-San Antonio, works and players TBA.

Friday, May 8th, 19:00: Echofluxx Ensemble, David Means, director; Andrea Ermke and Anaďs Tuerlinckx

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, texts 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 5-8, 2020.

Echofluxx je festival nových médií, vizuálního umění a experimentální hudby produkované FMer
á. Letos se opět představí mezinárodní i české interprety v čtyřdenním festivalem v Paralelní Polis v Praze, květen 2020 5-8.

DOCUMENTATION OF PAST

ECHOFLUXX FESTIVALS



Ensemble Terrible (postcard) with works by J-T Vesikkala Wittmacher"miniatures from Insulae" (premiere) video, Ravi Kittappa "KUBA" for tenor sax and electronics video, oňa Vetchá "Blue-green Colors of Light" (premiere) video, Barry Wan Yuk Bun "The Misty Morning" (premiere)video, Bruno Cunha "Seja marginal, seja herói, for solo bass & electronics" (premiere) video. Also Jan Kruml "Instinct Primal"(postcard) video. Program 1 PDF,  Night 1 Photos | Jana Babincová & Pavla Zábranská "Zákon/The Law" intro (postcard) video; Phaerentz "Improvisations" (postcard) video; Brigid Burke (postcard) "Crossing Worlds...Vines… Lines" video. Program 2 PDF  Night 2 Photos | Phill Niblock & William Hooker "Hooker-Niblock" (postcard)James Sutherland-Smith, poetry, "Do What Comes Unnaturally" and "The River and The Black Cat." video (postcard); Hearn Gadbois (postcard) s"Time Travel from a Small Cabin in the Timbre"video. Program 3 PDF  Night 3 Photos | Echofluxx Ensemble (postcard) performing "Perfect" with David Means (director), Oskar Kubica, Michael Karman, Matt Manowski, and Mary Garvie video; Bruno Cunha (postcard) "live improv using clarinet extended techniques & electronics" video. Program 4 PDF  Night 4 Photos





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







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, Otto Laske and Herbert Brün. His music is published by Smith Publications of Baltimore. "Any Three Treble Instruments In the Same Key," aka "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 Psalms Modal" was premiered by the Kuhn Choir of Prague, and later performed by the 57 voice Tesas State University Choir in 2019. "Seven for Piano" was premiered in February 2017 by Caroline Senn in Wisconsin. His feature length documentary "Voice of Theresa" will be screened in 2019 at the Indie Wisconsin Film Fest. In 2019 he toured the west coast of the United Stats performing new works for voice  hand-made instruments and improvised electronics. Dan founded Newsense-Intermedium of Tacoma, Washington, cofounded Cascadia Composers of Portland, Oregon, Roulette Intermedium of New York City and the Echofluxx Media Art Festivals of Prague where he serves as director. SITE

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K I N D L I N G
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MARTIN KLUSÁK
JAN RYBÁŘ
MAREK KIMEI MATVIJA
KVÉTA PŘIBZLOVÁ
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Andrea Ermke setup
Andrea Ermke (Austria) is a musician living in Berlin working with samples and field recordings she replays on mini disc. She is member of groups like Sink (with Chris Abrahmas, Arthur Rother and Marcello Busato) and Tree (with Burkhard Beins and Chris Abrahams). SoundCloud

Anaďs Teuerlinckx (Brussels) is a pianist, composer and sound artist from Brussels. She moved to Berlin in 2008, interested in the local improvised music scene. Tending to a rather physical and expending way of playing, her performances are characterized by a decidedly harsh and noisy but at the same time elegiac, breezy and spacious sound. She likes to get involved in public spaces proposing inside piano activism out of the concert space and also teaches improvisation within the scope of music pedagogy. SoundCloud SITE

Teuerlinckx setup

BRIGID BURKE
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



K R A S T Í
KRASTÍ is a collection of four experimental film poems that seek out the relationships between internal and external landscapes. BROWN rattles, creeps, looking for beauty, landscape, gossip, karst and edges. It originated from the creative cooperation of four artists during the years 2018-19. Their aim was to explore the boundaries of film (visual) and music (sound) composition. The result is four films based on different approaches (from abstract music to documentary), which intersect in admiration for the film landscape and the distinctive musical components of each film. Rhythm and movement are more than narrative. Stories are more immersed and flickered than linearly unfolded. KRASTÍ is ideally featured as a concert, ie with live music. Musical improvisations make every performance a special event. At Echofluxx, it will be presented in four short films.

KRASTÍ je souborem čtyř experimentálních filmových básní, které hledají vztahy vnitřních a vnějších krajin. KRASTÍ chrastí, kráká, hledá krásu, krajinu, jinotaje, krasy a okraje.
Vzniklo z tvůrčí spolupráce čtyř autorů během let 2018-19. Cílem autorů bylo zkoumat hranice filmové (vizuální) a hudební (zvukové) skladby. Výsledkem jsou čtyři filmy založené na odlišných přístupech (od abstraktně hudebních až po dokumentární), které se protínají v obdivu k filmové krajině a výrazných hudebních složkách jednotlivých filmů. Více než vyprávění je KRASTÍ rytmus a pohyb. Příběhy se spíše noří a probleskují, než lineárně odvíjí. KRASTÍ je ideálně uváděno jako koncert, tedy s živým hudebním doprovodem. Hudební improvizace tak vytvářejí z každého uvedení zvláštní událost. Lze jej uvést i v podobě filmového pásma či čtyř krátkých filmů.

Producer: GPO Platform - Jakub Wagner, Martin Kohout

Květa Přibylová (Prague) is Czech filmmaker and audio documentarist. She studied documentary department at FAMU in Prague. Květa is interested in the space between documentary, experimental and scientific film. Both in film and audio she likes poetic, nonsensical approach to reality and especially paradoxes. She often use 16 mm material and with old bolex camera shoots short, poetic and experimentally tinged films. Her films have been screened at czech and foreign festivals (Doclisboa, MFDF Jihlava, AFO Olomouc, Kasseler DokFest).

Krastí film notes -
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The Land of the Raven from the Arc"
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The raven as a materialization of human qualities or as an emissary of god defecates on graves, which are being taken care of by the bereaved.  Vox populi expands on their thoughts of exterminating or at least relocating these unwanted intruders. This cinematic poem revolves around the motif of the raven and combines both documentary and imaginative filmmaking approaches. The immense landscapes after the flood, dadaist collages and ancient texts are balanced out with the mundane everyday coexistence of people and ravens at a local graveyard. Ancient cultural heritage is thus put side by side with our contemporary pragmatic society. Both worlds are connected with the ever present element of water. The water in the film runs both up and down hill, cleanses the grime, the guilt and memory, spills and dries out. The texture of 16mm film strengthens the feeling of mythical timelessness and times of gradually disappearing memories. The character of the raven changes. The black bird becomes the vessel of human imagination. It becomes the material, through which we can peer not only at it, but at ourselves as well.

Martin Klusák (Prague)
 is a composer and
audiovisual artist with a portfolio of internationally premiered and performed works. He focuses on music in the context of film, multimedia, concert, and site-specific situation. Currently, as a PhD student at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, he researches visual music and possible links and crossovers between musical composition and film. His projects suceeded in a range of competitions, such as selection of Phonurgia Nova Awards 2016 in Paris, Honorable Mention at the Experimental Forum 2017 in LA. Films with his original scores have been screened at major film festivals around the world, such as the Quinzaine des réalizateurs in Cannes (Happy End, dir. Jan Saska, 2016).

Krastí film notes - "Svídna"
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The old tree resembles a grand bee hive. Secrets can be heard in it’s midst. Names of lands, rivers and ancestors can all be heard in the buzzing of the bees. It trembles with the secrets of speech. (…) It’s time flows slowly and since the dawn of ages, the breath of life has been contained in it. It lives but does not realize, that in front of it stands a man quite different from the man 100 years ago. And the man, though it is his first time in this place, has a feeling he has already been there and seen this tree before. He is sure of it, for the knowledge of paths and lands passes from man to man. How else would he recognize the oak that converses with the storm ? /Vladislav Vančura - Pictures from the History of the Czech Nation . Svídna is an intuitive reflection on the suspected archetype of mythical Czech-dom, it wanders about, searches and finds the peculiar. On one hand it celebrates the magic of the film process, connected with almost mystical, solipsistic dreaming. This dreaming is grotesquely disrupted, on the other hand, by a series of alienating and opposing moments typical for a diary-like or home-made film. Thanks to this we have a multilayered film, sometimes self-ironical and peculiar, but always playful.

Jan Rybář (Prague)
studied at the musical faculty of HAMU in Prague. Apart from composing he is also a conductor and piano player. He founded a woman’s vocal sextet Ensemble Coccinelle, specializing on both Renaissance and contemporary music. Since 2016 he has been the organiser of a cycle of concerts Music in Contexts, where he presents music permeating through different kinds of art styles (eg. film, literature, art, theatre). Jan Rybář has also composed and conducted two live orchestrated scores to two silent films from the 20s - Nosferatu and The Organist of St. Vitus. He specializes mostly in music, but he also works in the field of experimental film, focusing on working with analogue film material.

Krastí film notes -
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Rhythm of my Town"
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This film, directed by Jan Rybář, who is also a music composer, draws from the work of the early Dadaists and the genre of city symphonies. Music and film compete for the lead role through an absurd dialog. The picture sometimes serves as a graphic score, other times it is the music that retracts the picture in to unusual convolutions and spasms.
The unusual circumstances, which purposefully define traditional film editing and narration are put together in close cooperation with the musical component in the way a composer composes music. Sometimes it creates the unusual situation of watching a music composition accompanied by film.

Marek Kimei Matvija (Prague) is a Czech master of the Japanese bamboo flute shakuhachi Matvija is a performer of contemporary, improvised, and Japanese traditional ensemble and solo music. He graduated from the Centre for Audiovisual Studies of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU) and studied under Czech composer and shakuhachi player Vlastislav Matoušek. Since 2009, he has studied under the tutelage of Matoušek’s teacher, Mitsuhashi Kifū. In 2017, Matvija was awarded the title nattori shihan of the Kifū-kai, shakuhachi school of Mitsuhashi Kifu, and a performance name, Kimei, 貴明. Matvija has performed throughout the Czech Republic and in Japan, the Netherlands, Hungary, Slovakia, the USA, and Portugal. He is a member of Topos Kolektiv and the artistic director of the International Shakuhachi Festival Prague.

Krastí film notes - "Habitat"
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Audiovisual poem about environmental  toxicity. Human body on the border line between visions and wasteland. A derelict space encompassed by wilderness becomes a landscape of the mind sheltering despair and spiritual detachment. In this film, Marek Kimei Matvija returns to the postindustrial periphery. Together, with cinematographer Jan Hofman and dancer Andrea Miltnerová, he revisits some of the ideas explored in the documentary essay Spaces in-Between Places (dir. Matvija & Epos 257, 2015). The film is accompanied by an electronic tape by Jakub Rataj and improvised music for Japanese and Western instruments.


ECHOFLUXX ENSEMBLE
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David Means (Minnesota),
director of the Echoffluxx Ensemble,
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 Sophia, Bulgaria and publishes this interesting online magazine - Asymmetry.



Randall Davidson (Minnesota),
'cellist. performs regularly in Minnesota. He performs in numerous new music ensembles and experimental music-theater productions. As composer, he has enjoyed hundreds of performances in the U.S. and Europe. His catalogue includes nearly every genre: choir, opera, orchestra, ballet/dance, oratorio, chamber, television/film, theater and jazz/wind ensemble. SITE


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.

Merilee Klemp (Minnesota) received a B.A. in Music Education from Augsburg College, a M.A. in Musicology from the University of Minnesota, and a D.M.A. in Oboe Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music. She is an active performer and recording artist in the Twin Cities, playing regularly with the MN Sinfonia and recently touring with pianist Lorie Line. She received an Artist Initiative Grant from the MN State Arts Board to produce, “The Lyrical Pickpocket” - a collection of chamber music by MN composer Eric Stokes and a Metropolitan Regional Arts Grant to perform some of this repertoire in area high schools. She currently teaches at Augsburg University and Carleton College.

Georgia Stephens (St. Paul, MN)
is a kinetic stage designer and movement consultant, currently creating and performing with the EchoFluxx Ensemble. Her history of combining words and movement into her own brand of performance dates back to 1975. She has received local and national support for her work since 1980. She has been working with David Means since 1982.


David Thornton (Minneapolis) has performed with Georgia, David and Mary in several venues including The Walker Art Center and Intermedia Arts in Minneapolis and Washington University in St. Louis, as well as other more intimate and fun spaces in the Twin Cities.  He is a retired environmental professional who spent 38 years in government service.


Michael Croswell (Minnesota) is a composer that creates music and sonic material using electric analogue, virtual, and acoustic elements. Michael's hybrid compositions of music and sound cross over the boundries that historically define composers within our culture.

ENSEMBLE TERRIBLE
 

Ensemble Terrible at Echofluxx 18,
Petr Hora conducting.

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

Ensemble Terrible Program

Works by Patrik Kako, Jan Jirucha, Milica Modra, Haštal Hapka.




Milica Modrá (Belgrade) finished music high school "Stanković" on the course of music theory. During high school she won high prizes on numerous competitions in the categories of harmony, musical forms, counterpoint and composition. She finished first year of bachelor studies of composition at the Music Academy in Belgrade with Branka Popović, after which she proceeded her studying on HAMU with professor Michal Rataj. She will be performing as a sopranist at Echolfuxx 20 and having a new work presented.

Patrik Kaku (Slovakia) studies composition at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. He studied at the Conservatory in Bratislava with Peter Martinček, later studied composition with Vladimír Bokes and conducting with Juraj Jartim.  As a conductor, he is active in various areas, in particular, as a conductor of chamber music with a focus on the interpretation of new music. He conducted the premiere of his compositions, but also the works of other composers.As a choirmaster, he worked in the Trinitarian Church in Bratislava. SITE SOUNDCLOUD Youtube

Haštal Hapka (Czech)
studies composition at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. He has a Bachelors and Masters degrees in Phonetics and/or Linguistics from Charles University in Prague and has been a bass vocalist with Dábrlíbap choir in Prague and jazz pianist with Bigband Biskupská. Haštal has been studying at HAMU since 2019. He will be performing and have a work presented at Echofluxx.

Jan Jirucha (Prague)
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m a family of musicians having played the euphonium and the trombone since age six. In the autumn of 1997 he began to study trombone playing with Bedřich Beránek at Jaroslav Ježek Conservatory in Prague. In 2003 he went on to study at Jaroslav Ježek Higher Specialized School under the tutelage of legendary Czech trombone player, Svatopluk Košvanec. In 2008 Jirucha began to study at the Academy of Music in Katowice, Poland, where - besides trombone playing - he focused on orchestral composition and arrangement under the tutelage of the internationally acclaimed jazz big band personality, Ed Partyka. In the spring of 2009 he went on tour with the European Jazz Orchestra (international project gathering talented young jazz musicians under 30 years ) conducted by Peter Herbolzheimer. Since 2010 Jan Jirucha has been teaching jazz trombone at Janáček Academy of Music and Perfoming Arts in Brno. In 2012 Jirucha won the "Best Jazz Composition Award" for his long piece, Preludium for Jazz Orchestra. This prize is regularly awarded by the prestigious Bohemia Jazz Fest in cooperation with Ochranný svaz autorský (OSA). In 2014 he conducted Euroradio Jazz Orchestra which also played some of his compositions. Two years later, the album "Concept Art Orchestra  - The Prague Six", where he contributed as lead trombone player and composer, won a significant Czech award "Anděl" for the best Jazz and Blues album 2016. In January 2018, he cofounded Jazz Dock Orchestra which performs in the well known Prague club Jazz Dock each third monday. 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. SITE


Štěpán Drtina (Prague)
studied with Renata Strašrybková at Prague conservatory and graduated at Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, where he studied with prof. Miroslav Petráš and Michal Kaňka. He attended many competitions such as Prague Junior Note, international competitions in Liezen, Austria (2004 and 2008) and competition of Bohuslav Martinů Foundation (2012). He participated in masterclasses with Miroslav Zicha, Jiří Bárta, Dmitrij Ferschtman, Anner Bylsma, Wolfgang Boettcher, Ludwig Quandt and Rudolf Gleissner. He is member of Bořkovec String Quartet and performs with prominent Czech orchestras and ensembles, such as FOK, Orchestra Berg, Talich Chamber Orchestra or Prague Modern).


Tomáš Novák (Prague)
studied double bass with Jakub Waldmann at Gymnázium Jana Nerudy. He continued his studies with Anton Schachenhofer at Anton Bruckner Universität in Linz and now continues his Master’s Degree with Jiří Hudec at Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. He regularly attends masterclasses at JAMU with accomplished double bass teachers such as Catalin Rotaru, Ekkehard Beringer or Thierry Barbe. He is currently a member of Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra and Orchestral Academy of Prague
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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. 
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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. SITE
Bruno Cunha (Prague-Brazil), as picture above, studied his bachelor degree in music composition at the Universidade de Brasília, Brazil, under the guidance of composer and anthropologist Flávio Santos Pereira. His compositions incorporate hypertextual discourses, and several have been played at festivals and on the radio in Brazil, Mexico, England, Sweden and Czech Republic. He is currently studying his master’s degree at AMU under the mentorship of composer Michal Rataj.


Petr Hora (Prague)
was born in Chrudim and studied organ and composition at the Conservatory of Teplice. Then he continued his studies in composition with Hanuš Bartoň and Luboš Mrkvička at the Music faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.