Oct 20, 2016 7:00 PM
NYC CONSTELLATION ENSEMBLE
The NYC Constellation Ensemble is an ensemble created by Lucie Vítková in February 2016.
Duration: 45 mins.
Lucie Vítková invited 50 different
musicians, artists, composers and poets to gather and play on a regular base,
meeting every Friday in her living room. Because of the New York rhythm and
busy schedules, they got different, small groups of people every week,
fluctuating according to their free time. The combination of these emerging
performers portrays the current artist scene of the city. At the concert, you
will hear the October constellation.
Lucie Vítková has been a staple of the experimental, emerging artist program called the Thomas M. Messer Bohemian Creative Hub housed at Czech Center New York. In 2016 she was seen in Petr Kotík’s S.E.M Ensemble with members of the Ostravská banda in the ballroom. She offered a composition and music workshop at the center –learning to listen to everday life as music. CCNY also screened a documentary movie about her work entitled “Akcept” as part of the Eurasian Film Festival held in the cinema. She was commissioned by CCNY to contribute a new composition for the group “Interference” where it had its World Premiere in the ballroom in May. During the Rooftop Ciné-Concert Series in summer Lucie provided the inspired soundtrack to the silent film: Golem.
Lucie Vítková is a composer, improviser and performer (accordion, harmonica, voice and tap dance) from the Czech Republic. Her compositions focus on sonification (compositions based on abstract models derived from physical objects), while in her improvisation practice explores characteristics of discrete spaces through the interaction between sound and movement. In her recent work, she is interested in the musical legacy of Morse Code and the social-political aspects of music and art in relation to everyday life.
She graduated in accordion performance at Brno Conservatory in 2010 and composition at Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno (CZ) in 2013. Along with her study of music she used to teach tap dance at the Theatre Faculty of JAMU. She is a member of the Brno Improvising Unit, Ensemble Marijan, Dunami, Dust in the Groove and Prague Improvisation Orchestra. She is a founder of Temporary Ensemble (2011).
During her Master Degree, she studied at Royal Conservatory in The Hague (NL) and at California Institute of the Arts in Valencia (USA). She has studied with Martin Smolka, Jaroslav Šťastný, Martijn Padding, Gillius van Bergijk and Michael Pisaro.
In her PhD. studies she is analyzing music of Christian Wolff, researching on the hierarchy and social relations in his music and looking for the composition techniques which express this phenomena. Furthermore, she is placing his music and scores into the context of free improvisation to explore the definitions of composition and improvisation.
As a student of JAMU Brno, she was realizing her PhD. research at Universität der Künste in Berlin (partly on DAAD scholarship) under the supervision of Marc Sabat (2014-2015). Recently, she is based in New York City and is enrolled at Columbia University as Visiting Scholar with Prof. George Lewis.
321 East 73rd Street
NY 10021 New York
Oct 20, 2016 7:00 PM