Musical Ecologies - LUCIE VÍTKOVÁ: Composition, Improvisation and Sonification
Thursday, October 18, 2018
8:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
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The 2018-19 season of Musical Ecologies continues with composer, improviser and performer Lucie Vítková. A native of the Czech Republic, Vítková is currently a visiting scholar at New York University where she is researching the social-political aspects of music in relation to everyday life. In her compositions, she is focused on sonification (compositions based on abstract models derived from physical objects), while in her improvisation practice she explores characteristics of discrete spaces through the interaction between sound and movement. On this wide-ranging program she will present four works: Invisible Scores for hichiriki, ryuteki, sho and accordion; Hyojo Choshi, a traditional Japanese Gagaku arranged for 5 Japanese hichirkis; and 2 pieces from her post-apocalyptic series in which she repurposes ordinary trash to build sonic costumes.
Now in its sixth season, Musical Ecologies is a monthly symposium on music and sound held at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Curated and hosted by composer Dan Joseph, each event typically focuses on a single artist who presents a work or project either in the form of a talk or lecture, a multimedia presentation, a performance, or combination thereof. Each presentation is preceded by an extended conversation with the curator and audience.
About the artist
Lucie Vítková is a composer, improviser and performer (accordion, hichiriki, synthesizer, voice and tap dance) from the Czech Republic. Her compositions focus on sonification, while in her improvisation practice she explores characteristics of discrete spaces through the interaction between sound and movement. She was nominated for the Herb Alpert Awards in Arts in 2017, and was commissioned by the Roulette Intermedium in 2017. She is the creator of two ensembles: NYC Constellation Ensemble (focused on music behavior); and OPERA Ensemble (for singing instrumentalists). During the 2017 Mentor/Protégé Residency in Tokyo (JP), she studied hichiriki with Hitomi Nakamura and has been a member of the Columbia University Gagaku Ensemble. As an accordion player, she collaborated with New York-based TAK Ensemble, S.E.M. Ensemble, String Noise, Du.0, Argento Ensemble, CU Raaga, Ghost Ensemble and Wet Ink. Vitková is a graduate of the Janá?ek Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno (CZ), and has been a visiting scholar at Royal Conservatory in The Hague (NL), California Institute of the Arts in Valencia (USA), Universität der Künste in Berlin (D), Columbia University in New York (USA) and New York University.Upcoming: David Watson (11/15); Pamela Z (2/28); Jack Callahan (3/21)…