Vojtěch Nýdl — clarinet
December 10 will belong to the future. An evening for anyone who loves experimentation and the magic of the moment.
In the last concert of The Beauty of Today series we move to the future. You will hear a site-specific performance in the enormous space of the Traid Fair Palace, which, with a slight exaggeration could be compared to a kind of science-fiction music. It involves the participation of three important young Czech composers – Petr Wajsar, Jan Trojan and Tomáš Reindl. Here their musical worlds combine with the improvisational art of Clarinet Factory and the sound of the PKF – Prague Philharmonia. We can expect to hear a fusion of classical, jazz, electro-acoustic music, music from the East, and minimalist music. Before the concert there will be a discussion on the themes of manipulation, the media and the future of democracy, which will be led by the prominent Czech investigative journalist, member of Charter 77 and founder of the Respekt magazine, Jaroslav Spurný. .
Petr Wajsar is a leading Czech composer whose work ranges from symphonic concert music through chamber music all the way to jazz compositions, pop and film music (The Waterman, My Diary Laid Bare, etc.). He represented Czech Radio with a recording of his composition ‘emitgaR’ at the International Rostrum of Composers 2001; his composition ‘Drum'n'Berg’ won the audience award in the Nuberg 2007 composing competition and reached the semi-finals of the ISC 2008 competition. He is the winner of the OSA award for the ‘Most Performed Young Classical Composer of 2008’ and in 2010 was nominated for an ‘Alfred Radok Award’ for the score for the musical Pornohvězdy (Pornstars). He has rehearsed and performed numerous musicals in the theatres Ta Fantastika, Roxy Experimental Space, Kladno Municipal Theatre and Petr Bezruč Theatre and been involved in preparing and coaching soloists for the opera A Well-Paid Walk directed by Miloš Forman at the National Theatre in Prague and in several projects for the Prague Spring festival. In 2016 he created and performed with his voiceband some wonderful musical introductions for the awarding of prizes at the Czech Film and Television Academy's ‘Czech Lion’. He has composed many pieces for ensembles that he performs in himself (HI-FI, EwaVe, Mandelbrotovy kostičky, Skety). He performs as a guest artiste in Michal Pavlíček’s group (keyboard, vocals) and is a regular guest of the vocal group Yellow Sisters.
Jan Trojan is a composer of mainly electro-acoustic and instrumental music. He studied composition at the Conservatory in Teplice and at the Music Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, where the completed his postgraduate on Acoustic ecology and soundscape. He expanded his education with a research fellowship at the Universität der Kunste in Berlin (2011—2012). He had a Fulbright scholarship at the Centre of New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT) at the University of California, Berkeley, from 2015—2016. At present he is working as a lecturer at HAMU’s Department of Composition, specializing in electro-acoustic music, and as a music director and sound designer for Czech Radio in radio art and radio plays. He performs in numerous solo and group projects and has recently been focusing on sound diffusion based on the concept of Acousmonium. He has written radio-art compositions and created Domine, Tu es mecum! and Soundwalk for the BERG Orchestra. In 2016 he was commissioned by the Contempuls festival to write a piece for the PKF — Prague Philharmonia entitled 3107 miles close, and in 2017 he wrote a composition and performance entitled Circulation for Prague Spring.
In his musical development Tomáš Reindl has gone through almost every possible genre, from rock and metal through jazz and world music to classical music and electronic music. His work is often inspired by early European and non-European musical traditions in which the music sometimes has an ecstatic and therapeutic dimension, but at the same time he likes to make use of contemporary music technology and processes. He graduated in applied electronics from the University of West Bohemia. He studied playing percussion instruments at the Conservatory in Pilsen and then privately with Professor Miroslav Kympl (Jaroslav Ježek Conservatory) and with the eminent jazz drummer Ivan Audes. In 2016 he graduated in composition from the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague in the class of Hanuš Bartoň, where he is currently studying in the doctoral programme and at the same time working as a teacher. Since 1998 he has been studying Indian classical music and playing the tabla, which he studied under the leadership of one of its greatest contemporary masters, Sanju Sahai. He has also had a number of foreign residencies and private lessons in countries such as India, Italy, Turkey and Great Britain. In addition, he regularly organizes music workshops and seminars.
In 2019 the four-part ensemble Clarinet Factory will celebrate twenty-five years on the music scene. Its members Jindřich Pavliš, Vojtěch Nýdl, Luděk Boura and Petr “Pepíno” Valášek met while studying at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague in the early 1990s, and from the very beginning have endeavoured to interpret all kinds of genres and experiment in the field of classical music, jazz, electronic music and world music. The quartet’s current aim is to appeal to a cross-genre and cross-generational audience. They have collaborated with a number of top Czech artists to put together and perform themed programmes (Jana Koubková, Lenka Dusilová, Petr Nikl, etc.). From 2009 to 2015 Clarinet Factory was a guest of Bobby McFerrin during his Prague appearances. Other highlights in the ensemble’s career include the music for the films Hidden Things and Murderous Tales — The Lighthouse (2016) and victory at the prestigious International Songwriting Competition in Nashville, USA, with the composition Orlík. In 2018 they received ‘Classic Prague Awards’ in the ‘Crossover category’.
PKF — Prague Philharmonia was founded in 1994 on the initiative of the conductor Jiří Bělohlávek under the name Prague Chamber Philharmonic. Since 2015—2016 season the orchestra has been led by the French conductor Emmanuel Villaume. Over the period of its existence the PKF — Prague Philharmonia has played with a whole host of internationally famous conductors and soloists, including Christopher Hogwood, Jakub Hrůša, Julian Rachlin, Martha Argerich, Jefim Bronfman, András Schiff, Sarah Chang, Isabelle Faust, Sarah Chang, Isabelle Faust, Gábor Boldoczki, Luciano Pavarotti, Diana Damrau, Anna Netrebko, Plácido Domingo, Elina Garanča, Juan Diego Flórez, Thomas Hampson, Magdalena Kožená and many others. The orchestra is regularly invited to international music festivals and gives concerts at top world venues (BBC Proms, Dresdner Musikfestspiele, MITO Settembre Musica, Prague Spring, Festspielhaus Baden Baden, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Gasteig Munich and Royal Opera House Muscat in Oman, among others). The ensemble has recorded over 90 CDs, released by leading Czech and world music publishers, such as Deutsche Grammophon, Warner Classics, Decca, Supraphon, EMI, Sony Classical and Harmonia Mundi. Among the numerous prizes the recordings have garnered are: the Gold Record RAC Canada in 2000, Harmony Award 2001 and Diapason d’Or in 2007. The CD Héroïque with Bryan Hymel was in 2016 nominated for the ‘International Opera Award’ and in 2017 the recording of Bohemian Rhapsody with Gábor Boldoczki was nominated at the ‘International Classical Music Award (ICMA)’.
The conductor and composer Marko Ivanović is one of the most versatile musicians of our contemporary music and theatre scene. He graduated in composing and conducting from the Music Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, and since 2015 he has been the chief conductor of the National Theatre Brno Opera. He was the chief conductor of the Pardubice Chamber Philharmonic from 2009 to 2014 and today he is their principal guest conductor. He has also worked with several Czech and international orchestras such as the Czech Philharmonic, Prague Symphony Orchestra FOK, the Sudecka Philharmonic and the Toyama Academy Orchestra. Alongside the traditional repertoire he is also interested in contemporary music and he often premieres the most up-to-date compositions. As the conductor of the National Theatre Opera in Prague he has performed, for example, Březina’s opera Tomorrow it will be…, a new version of Šlitr’s Well-paid Walks, and War with the Newts by Vladimír Franz. In 2011 he oversaw a production of Janáček’s opera Jenůfa in the Swedish town of Malmö. In 2017 he received two important awards for productions at the National Theatre Brno: ‘The Theatre Critics’ Award’ for Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle and Schoenberg’s Expectation directed by David Radok, and the ‘Divadelní Noviny Award’ for L’Amour de loin by Kaija Saariaho directed by Jiří Heřman. His own music has been played at some of the most prestigious European festvals. He is a sought-after populariser of music.
Jaroslav Spurný is one of the founders of the weekly magazine Respekt. In the early eighties he signed Charter 77 and later he was involved in samizdat publishing (Revolver revue, Lidové noviny). After the revolution in 1989, he co-founded the first independent periodical in Czechia — Informační servis, which in March 1990 metamorphosed into Respekt. From the very outset, it focused on investigative journalism, its subjects including events surrounding the former StB and the emergence of new secret services and special forces, the exposure of bank asset stripping and the misappropriation of public property. After 2000 it dealt with the dubious awarding of public contracts, attempts to pervert the course of justice and the carving up of state-owned enterprises, and it is currently looking at issues linked with Russia as a security risk for this country. Over more than twenty-five years, he has written around fifteen hundred articles for Respekt. For his work he has been awarded the ‘Karel Havliček Borovský Prize’ and ‘Ferdinand Peroutka Prize’ and, jointly with his colleague Ondřej Kundra, the Prize for the ‘Best Investigative Article of 2011’. In 2017 he received recognition as a participant in the struggle against and resistance to communism.