Two concerts by multi-genre group Clarinet Factory will present a playful, fantastic and impressive delight for all your senses in the grand hall of the Czech Museum of Music in Prague in February. After their performance on 20th January, featuring the American producer Christopher Willits at the opening ceremony of the international festival of electronic music Spectaculare, they are going to perform in a completely different way. Popular ensemble distinguished by their original and unique style will play with the artist and performer Peter Nikl and percussionist Alan Vitouš, to create a unique audio-visual performance in an architecturally unique site. Light connected with sound, voice and movement of Nikl´s objects, improvisation and minimalist music performance will stimulate the creativity of the audience. Great site specific show with a unifying motto - Music from Silence.
Eponymous site specific project will change the great hall of the Czech Museum of Music in two evenings – 12th and 13th February. Spectacular show performed by striking objects from Petr Nikl´s workshop, who is well known for his ability to pull the audience inside his artistic intent, accompanied by multi-genre music show. Interpreted songs from original repertoire of Clarinet Factory, some conducted for first time, will be based on classical music tradition, while in numerous improvisations flirting with minimalism, jazz or world music. Regular guest percussionist of Clarinet Factory, Alan Vitouš, will be given the oportunity to present his great solo performace.
"The axis of the February concerts will be the legacy of the world classical music in compositions like Vltava, Out of Home, B-A-C-H or Birdsong, reminiscent of Smetana, Dvořák, Bach, Stravinsky and Messiaen compositions. Ensembles Dobrá meditace and Star track will perform the New Age and World Music genre. Collective and individual performance of all participating artists shall then lead us to various parts of the music world... The audience shall become a performer and the performer shall become a part of the audience. This original audio-visual performance will be truly site specific.” This is how the bandleader of Clarinet Factory and clarinetist of PKF – Prague Philharmonia Jindřich Pavliš introduced this incredible project.
Concerts are organized by PKF - Prague Philharmonia (formerly Prague Philharmonia) in the series of Special Concerts. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door an hour before the beginning. The set price is 350 CZK. Advance booking in the office of PKF, Husova 7, Prague 1, 110 00 or on-line at www.praguephilharmonia.com section Concerts. More information available on the Web or Facebook.
Ensemble Clarinet Factory, performing on the music scene for two decades, is in addition to traditional club and festival concerts also renowned for site specific performance, where they regularly join forces with Petr Nikl and Alan Vitouš. The concerts are regularly played in a flooded stone quarry near the village Nečín. In autumn last year the ensemble performed at the Festival of Lights Signál at river channel Čertovka in Prague, two years ago they lit and sounded the church of Virgin Mary the Snowy (Panny Marie Sněžné) in the New Town of Prague, Barque Hall of the Holešovice Chateau and in addition to the Czech Museum of Music is their next show in the monastery in Šumperk.
Clarinet Factory featuring Jindřich Pavliš, Luděk Boura, Vojtěch Nýdl and Petr (Pepíno) Valášek drew attention by winning the International Songwriting Competition (in the jury was for example Tom Waitts or Sonny Rollins) and co-operation with Bobby McFerrin or Lenka Dusilová in Eternal Seekers. More than two decades of their existence was filled with classical music, as well as trips to many different musical genres of various latitudes. Four musicians have wandered together from early youth at the Conservatory in Pardubice and the Prague Academy of Music. Due to their common quest, to seek not only the music but also its meaning, they have got to their own compositions and improvisations – to their own style, which does not hesitate to address the audience directly, regardless the age or genre.
Throughout its history they have cooperated with the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, performed repeatedly in the chamber cycles of Czech Philharmonic, Prague Philharmonia and Prague Symphony Orchestra, as well as famous festivals of classical music – Janáček’s May, Strings of Autumn, Mitte Europa, Inalfa (NL), the Jazzlent in Maribor, International Jazz Festival in Prague, Jazz Peak in Sofia and other Festivals of alternative or popular music.
Genre contrast of site specific concerts in Czech Museum of Music will be the forthcoming double album by Clarinet Factory Worx and Reworx, recorded with reputed producers of international electronic music scene. The album will be launched on 20. January at the New Stage of the National Theatre at opening night of the Festival Spectaculare.
Czech percussionist and multi-genre artist Alan Vitouš studied at the Prague Conservatory, major in percussion. In 1962-1965 he performed in the most promising Czech jazz band of all time JUNIOR TRIO with his brother Miroslav Vitouš and Jan Hammer. At the beginning of the eighties he played with Jiří Stivín and in 1985 he established his own VITOUŠ TRIO with Jana Koubková and Vojtěch Havel. At the turn of the 90s he performed with the Japanese dancer Min Tanaka (Prague, Tokyo) and got back to co-operation with Miroslav Vitouš (CD Alan Vitouš featuring Miroslav Vitouš 1990, Tour in Europe and Japan in 1990, Strings of Autumn, Prague 2003). In 1992-1994 he performed and recorded with the French musician Miquel Montanaro in pursuance of the East wind project. A joint project with the Chinese singer Song Feng Yunnan won a second prize at the prestigious music competition in Shanghai in 1995. Since 1989 Alan Vitouš has joined forces with the actor Jaroslav Dušek (theater Vizita) and currently is also a founding member of the project Drummers Gathering.
Petr Nikl is an versatile artist with classical roots, freely and convincingly expressing himself through traditional art techniques, as well as authorial books, interactive projects and improvisational shows, based on performance, theatre and musical shows. Nikl comes from an artistic family. His mother Libuše Niklová was a well-known designer of inflatable toys, his father František Nikl was a painter and graphic artist. After high school he graduated at the Prague Academy, taught by professor of painting Ernest Padrlík, and later co-founded the art group Tvrdohlaví (Stubborn) and puppet group MEHEDAHA . He has won the Jindřich Chalupecký award and several The Best Book of the Year awards. He has many authorial and joint exhibitions to his credit. In the year 2000 he drew an overwhelming interest by his exhibition "Nests" in Prague Rudolfinum, in 2005 he presented the exhibition "The Garden of Fantasy and Music" in the Czech pavilion at the Expo in Aichi, Japan and since 2006 he has developed a long-term interactive project Orbis Pictus PLAY together with Mr. and Ms. Walda. His last project is the thematic exhibition at the Municipal Library in Prague titled "The Game for Time".