LUCIE VITKOVA ( CZECHIA)
for voice, clarinet, soprano saxophone and a loudspeaker (2014)
Majorstuen Kirke 19:00
Anna Molnár – voice
Josh Spear – clarinet
Astrid Jenssen Solstad – soprano saxophone
Martyna Kosecka – electronics
A personal work by the Czech composer Lucie Vítková puts a trio of musicians around one loudspeaker set on the ground. The composer plays with beatings and the acoustic phenomena of the sound sweep, which reacts with the sounds produced by musicians, causing interferences, animating the space and showing us the magic of pure tones.
Meet The Artists
Vítková is a composer, improviser and performer (accordion, hichiriki, synthesizer, voice and tap dance) from the Czech Republic. During their studies of composition at Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno (CZ), they have been 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 recently at the New York University. Their compositions focus on sonification (compositions based on abstract models derived from physical objects), while in Vítková's improvisation practice they explore characteristics of discrete spaces through the interaction between sound and movement. In their recent work, Vítková is interested in the social-political aspects of music in relation to everyday life and in reusing trash to build sonic costumes. They were nominated for the 2017 Herb Alpert Awards in Arts' music category, were commissioned by the Roulette Intermedium in 2017 and became a Roulette resident artist in 2018.
Astrid Jenssen Solstad is a 28 year old Saxophone performer from Trondheim. She is a trained music teacher and is currently undertaking a performing masters degree at the Norwegian Academy of Music. During her studies, her focus has been on the classical repertoire, but she likes to partake in various projects with a great variety in repertoire and expression. She also appreciates working with young composers and performing new music. On a daily basis she performs in ensembles such as Strax saxofonkvartett, NMH big band and Christiania blåseensemble.
Martyna Kosecka is a Polish composer, conductor, performer, and researcher in new music, based in Norway since 2019. She studied composition and orchestral conducting in the Music Academies in Kraków and Katowice, in Poland. Through her music, she experiments with alternative tunings, microtonality, and electroacoustic processing of sounds. Kosecka, with engagement and curiosity, plays with the perception of time and focuses on extracting timbral qualities of each individual sound through a microperspective approach.
Vocal artist, mezzo-soprano Anna Molnár is „a versatile artist with a stirring voice, who likes pushing boundaries and participating in experimental performances”. /Dániel Mona/ Besides Baroque music and lied, Anna regularly performs significant and challenging 20th Century repertoire (Ligeti, Schönberg, Webern, Boulez, Berio) and music by living composers, among them many premieres written exclusively for her. As a soloist she has appeared with the Hungarian Radio Symphony, the Orfeo Orchestra, and the UMZE Ensemble among others, and since 2018 she is returning regularly to the Hungarian State Opera. She is a regular guest at festivals like CAFe Budapest Contemporary Art Festival, Transparent Sound New Music Festival, CentriFUGA, The Day of Listening, Kamara.hu chamber music festival, Budapest Spring Festival, Liszt Fest, The Night of Music of the Budapest Festival Orchestra, the Armel Opera Festival, and the Haydneum Festival of Sacred Music. Since 2017 Anna is a permanent guest soloist at the conductor and composer masterclasses of the Peter Eötvös Foundation, lead by Péter Eötvös and Gregory Vajda. She participated in three significant new music masterclasses: the Darmstadt Summer Course — professor: Donatienne Michel-Dansac, the Summer Academy of Ensemble Linea in Strasbourg — professor: Françoise Kubler, and the Impuls in Graz — professors: Agata Zubel and Andreas Fischer. Anna was awarded the Annie Fischer Scholarship (2016, 2017, 2018) and the art scholarship of Bank of China in 2017.
Josh is a british composer-performer who now calls Oslo home. He complete his artistic research PhD at Norwegian Academy of Music in 2021. He has been a core member of his group Bastard Assignments since 2013 and together they are creating a new show-length work commissioned by Wigmore Hall and Borealis. Josh studied at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and University of Manchester.