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Úterý 12. září 2023 19:30h
Tuesday, September 12

Prague Modern Concert

Christopher FRYE: Lux aeterna (video), Ravi KITTAPPA: pouze Vše/pouze/Vše pouze (video) (violin soloist - David Danel), Brigid BURKE: The Angst of Strings (video), Jakub RATAJ: Transition (video) (composer conducting), Lucie VÍTKOVÁ: Kohout (video), Patrik KAKO: .jouissance_f (video), Fernanda AOKI NAVARRO: Unnoticed Spectacles (video) (vocal soloist - Annabelle Plum).

Tuesday Program

Annabelle Plum - voice solo, Daniel Havel - flute, bass flute, piccolo. Lukáš Pavlíček - oboe, Petr Sedlák - bassoon. David Danel - violin. Roman Hranička - violin. Martina Matoušková - viola. Balázs Adorján - violoncello. Klára Pudláková - double bass-

About Prague Modern

Prague Modern has been hailed by music journalists as "the best Czech ensemble for new music“. It is ensemble of flexible size comprised of the cream of Czech instrumentalists.

Prague Modern is unique on the concert podiums/scene in the Czech Republic – the ensemble exudes both the youthful enthusiasm and the professionalism when performing contemporary music in solo recitals, chamber music concerts or smaller orchestra works.

Prague Modern has performed at prestigious new music festivals such as Contempuls Prague (repeatedly), MusicOlomouc, Prague Premieres, also at the classic Prague Spring Festival (Czech Republic), Musica Strasbourg, Festival international de musique Besancon, Les musicales de Quiberon (all France), Poznańska wiosna muzyczna (Poland) or Cafe Budapest (Hungary). Prague Modern also toured France, Romania, Slovakia and Turkey where their members also gave workshops on new music interpretation at local  universities. Furthermore, PM under the baton of Pascal Gallois had recorded several successful CDs for the Italian label Stradivarius featuring music of Luciano Berio, Pierre Boulez, Dai Fujikura, Gérard Grisey, Fabien Lévy and Arnold Schoenberg. The CD introducing the work of British composer Dai Fujikura was awared "Coup de cour 2004" in the field of new music by the famous French Academie Charles Cros. Prague Modern is regularly collaborating with conductors such as Michel Swierczewski, Pascal Gallois, Baldur Brönnimann, Roland Kluttig or Marián Lejava. Their repertoire includes the works of international avantgarde composers as well as the music of Czech contemporary composers.

Prague Modern has been open to in-between-the-art-fields and multimedia cooperations with acclaimed artists such as Jan Švankmajer (film), Kateřina Vincourová, Markéta Othová (visual art) or actress Fanny Ardant with whom they presented the Czech premiere of Cassandre, a spoken opera by Michael Jarrell and others.

Prague Modern was established by the conductor Michel Swierczewski in 2008 on the ground of the Prague Philharmonia. Since 2009 PM has functioned as a NGO with David Danel as Artistic Leader.

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Středa 13. září 2023 19:30h
Wednesday, September 13

Three Sound Artists
Brigid BURKE (video), Ramin AHKAVIJOU (video),

Wednesday Program

About The Artists

Brigid Burke, from Melbourne, Australia, is an international woodwind soloist, composer, performance artist, 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. She has performed and composed extensively in solo and chamber recitals through acoustic and electronic media, both nationally and internationally and is widely presented in concerts, festivals, and radio broadcasts throughout Australia, Asia, Brazil, Europe, and the USA. Her focus is integrating musical ideas with a combination of different media. Each component of media is a tool in the exploration of her artistic process: sound (acoustic, laptop, clarinets, flutes, and electronics), composition, improvisation, installation, collaboration (with dancers, acoustic performers, and other new media performers), print making, pen and ink drawings, painting, and animation (digital). She has been a recipient of Australia Council Project Music Fellowships, new work commissions and Artist Residencies throughout Australia, USA, Singapore and Berlin. She co-curates SEENSOUND Visual Music Series with Mark Pedersen and Adrian Sherriff a monthly series exploring the crossover of non-narrative abstract music/visual/live music and new technologies which has been running for over a decade focussing on Visual Music sponsored by Longplay and The Teal house Gallery.
See Vimeo, YouTube,

Ramin Ahkavijou's work
"probable" a collection of vignettes, will be played by
David Danel, violin. Ramin, from the
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, uses technology to generate sounds or manipulate them with working with tech leading him to approach compositional processes in new ways.
"While composing, I balance the connections formed between my musical habits and the technological tools available to me. This balanced interaction is what differs between my approaches to acoustic and electronic composition."
Ramin confronts sound and time with differing notions of distance and coordination, characteristics embedded in hiso electronic music. "During my compositional process, I navigate textures, rhythmic frames, and embedded sounds within varying virtual acousmatic distances. From this vast array of options in creating sound structures, I’ve, ironically, come to kinds of repetition as structures within my electronic work." More...

Michal Novenko, a virtouosic improvisor on the organ, is Professor at the Prague Conservatoire. He has led the international organ masterclasses in England (Oundle) and in the USA (Denton, San Antonio, Miami). He has given many concerts in his home country and abroad. He has performed in most European countries, in the USA and Mexico, in Israel and South Africa (at such major festivals as Prague, Sion, Arezzo, Rome, Oundle, Philadelphia, Mexico City etc.). Since his student days he has intensively documented and publicized historical organs. His many recordings on CD and for radio and television already feature more than 130 instruments. In addition to the general organ repertoire he devotes himself to improvisation. Also, many unknown pieces from ancient Czech manuscripts are an important part of his repertoire. More..

Čtvrtec 14. září 2023 19:30h
Thursday, September 14

Martin Klusák and
Šimon Prokop

Organ & Electric Guitar

Thursday Program

For several years Šimon Prokop and Martin Klusák considered bringing together the church organ and electric guitar to improvise experimental ideas and drones. This became real earlier this year, in January, at St. Prokop's church in Žižkov, Prague where they recorded their first free improvisation. This session for Echofluxx 23 at St Clement’s is their second attempt to immerse themselves in sounds, textures and possibilities of these two instruments.

Martin Klusák is a Czech composer, sound designer, and intermedia artist, graduate of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague in sound design and composition, with a portfolio of internationally premiered and performed works. His work range from composition and sound design for film, television and radio, to original music and intermedia projects that often cross the boundaries of music and sound arts and touch upon other artistic disciplines. He regularly collaborates with the Prague Berg Orchestra, which has already performed six of his compositions. He has created several original music-experimental films and is preparing new original audiovisual projects. He is also one of the founders of the Topos Kolektiv and PET(m)use groups, which explore the boundaries of music, theatre, visual arts and architecture in an experimental way. During his creative career he has collaborated with major Czech ensembles, institutions and festivals, his works have been performed across Europe, and in the US and Japan, he has also received numerous awards. Between 2019-2021 he was the music dramaturge at the Czech Radio Production Centre, where he continues as a permanent freelancer from 2021. Since 2022, he leads courses at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague in film music, acoustic arts and music technology.

Simon Prokop studied architecture at the Czech Technical University in Prague (2017) with a focus on generative design and parametric modeling. In his master's thesis, he explored the intersections between architecture and music in the context of sketching and musical improvisation. He works on the innovation of generative design teaching at the FACTU and Archip, and occasionally leads workshops at other universitiesin Liberec or Brno. In his doctoral research, he investigates generative ambient music as a means of reducing noise in spaces. He co-founded the consulting firm Geometry Busters, which helps architectural studios and industrial companies such as LEGO, Škoda auto, or Preciosa with complex geometric and optimization tasks. He is a co-founding member of the non-profit research group PET-MAT, which investigates the use of recycled plastic in architecture. Šimon is also one of the founders of ArchiDAO, the first decentralized autonomous organization for architects operating on blockchain smart contracts, where he focuses on the development of architectural digital twins and their usability in the metaverse.

Echofluxx, started in 2011, is an annual festival of new media with an emphasis on experimental music, sound art and film. The festivals are rooted in the interplay of risk-taking and self actualization, a resistance to media specificity in art and the mindfulness of Cage. Echofluxx evolved out of the international fluxus movement and the University of Illinois-Urbana, USA, in the 70's where collaborating composers emerged working graphically, sculpturally, in dance, theatre, film and clay, and then through a natural post-graduate diaspora, to produce sundry artifacts, organizations, performances and festivals world-wide, the sum of which increases to this day. Echofluxx was cofounded by the current Drector, Dan Senn and Anja Kaufmann. This year's festival was produced by Dan Senn and David Danel.

Echofluxx is presented by FMErá of Prague/Watertown.