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Sep 15, 2012 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Journey Through Sounds

Workshop in conjunction wíth the exhibition ORBIS PICTUS – Play Well. Free admission. RSVP at reservation@czechcenter.com

Journey through Sounds

Sounds of the Body – Early Musical Instruments – Classical Players – Music in the Computer Age

Create and experience a journey through sounds. Gradually travel through four stations each with different ways of creating sound and music. From body sounds and early musical throught classical instruments to computer based music.

Featuring artists Sanna Valvanne, Kevin Nathaniel Hylton, Ondrej Pivec and Dafna Naphtali.

 RSVP at reservation@czechcenter.com

Sounds of the Body
Come play and experiment with your voice to explore its boundlessness and beauty at the voice & body station!
  Fun games and playful exercises that combine vocal expression with movement, drama, imagination and improvisation will warm, free and open you up to express yourself with the whole being.
You will spontaneously engage your voice, body, mind, heart and soul in making music, experience the joy of singing, stretch your creativity, and shine like a star!

Sanna Valvanne is an innovative conductor from Finland, specialized in children's and youth choirs. She is recognized worldwide for her holistic and creative choral method: “Making Music With Body and Soul”, which combines vocal expression with movement and drama. She is a popular clinician and guest conductor with choirs around the world.  www.sannavalvanne.com

Early Musical Instruments
Kevin Nathaniel presents ancient sounds/early instruments. In this interactive workshop Kevin will introduce various instruments that go back several thousand years. He will demonstrate how they are played as well as invite the audience into call and response audience participation. Early instruments tend to communicate directly with the senses as well as reflect their environment and the respect for it. One can hear how the most modern of music is often reflective of the most ancient. Some of the early instruments that will be introduced are gourds, rattles, reed flutes, kalimba, marimba, and more.

Kevin Nathaniel Hylton graduated Yale University in 1982 as Scholar of the House for fine arts trained musically in the ancient master-disciple tradition. He has since devoted himself to music - African music in particular. He performs on several traditional African instruments and builds them as well. He worked extensively with Zimbabwe's mbira legend Ephat Mujuru, and with master drummer Chief Bey. He is founding member of four music groups, Spirit Ensemble, Heritage O P, Forestdance, and Kaleidhaphonic. www.mbirasanctuary.com

Classical Players
A walk through basic musical instruments of today such as piano, guitar, drums, bass their principles of operation and playing techniques.....

Ondrej Pivec, born in the Czech Republic, is a jazz musician. He is the music director of the Gospel Coney Island Cathedral. He first studied classical piano but later became an organist. He was awarded first place in the “soloist of the year” category, in the talent competition held within the 2005 Philips International Jazz Festival. Organic Quartet byl zvolen "kapela roku" na stejném festivalu. His band ORGANIC quartet was elected “band of the year” at the same festival. Ondřej Pivec dnes příležitostně spolupracuje s renomovaným německým kytaristou Christianem Roverem -. The debut album entitled Don't Get Ideas of the ORGANIC quartet, released in 2005, by the Czech-British label Cube-Metier, was hailed by Oba národní a mezinárodní kritici oceňovali album, která je oprávněná Don `t Get Ideas.both national and international critics. The year after the recording, Pivec was elected “Organist of the Month” for October 2006 by the international archives for jazz organ. Toto CD vyhrál český hudební Oscara "Anděl" v roce 2007 - Best Jazz / Blues Album '06. This CD won the Czech Musical Academy Award “Andel” in 2007 - Best Jazz/Blues Album '06.


Music in the Computer Age
At the electronic music station at Journey through Sounds, participants can experience making music both with computers and their own bodies, using physical gestures with Wii controllers and your own smartphones to control rhythm, tempo, melody and other aspects of a musical composition or improvisation, as well as the parameters of electronic and electro-acoustic sounds.

Dafna Naphtali is a versatile sound-artist/singer/guitarist/electronic-musician and performer/composer.  Active since the mid-90’s in experimental music, contemporary classical and improvised music, she uses her custom Max/MSP programming for sound processing of voice and other instruments. She has been teaching, programming and consulting about computer music since1995 at Harvestworks (New York) and as a freelancer, and has done sound design and/or programming work for the projects of many artists at the forefront of digital and interactive music.


Orbis Pictus - Play Well is organized in conjunction with the exhibition Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900-2000, curated by Juliet Kinchin, scheduled at The Museum of Modern Art, July 29, 2012 - November 5, 2012, www.moma.org


A part of the Moving Sounds Festival www.argentomusic.org






Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street
NY 10021 New York
United States


Sep 15, 2012 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM


Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event

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