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Jun 6, 2014 3:30 PM

Small Imprints

New work by Michal Rataj performed at the Electronic Music Festival in New York City.

Small Imprints
– new work for clarinet and live electronics by Michal Rataj will be performed at the upcoming Electronic Music Festival at Abrons Arts Center. The piece will be performed by phenomenal NYC based clarinet player Esther Lamneck.

 The world premiere of the piece takes place on Friday, June 6, 3:30 PM in the Playhouse of the Abrons Arts Center.

Small Imprints (2013) – a program note.

After couple of years I was encouraged to write a piece for solo instrument and live electronics. And after many years I took back a form of miniature series into my music world.

Writing a piece for Esther Lamneck was a challenge particularly facing her incredible performance virtuosity. Surprisingly it was more a feeling of calmness and lightness, which has been emphasized while working on this set of four very short electro-acoustic parts. For me this was like engraving pure clarinet sound with a bit of its electro-acoustic shadow – this is relationship I’ve tried to establish between the solo instrument and its live electronic extension.

Michal Rataj (born 1975) is composer, performer and sound designer based in Prague, Czech Republic. He composes mainly electroacoustic, chamber and orchestral music and receives performances throughout Europe and broadcasts worldwide. Recently he has been active as real-time performer of his acousmatic music and he gives sound performances alone or with music partners.


Rataj is assistant professor at the Academy of Performing Arts and at the NYU in Prague. He studied musicology (Charles University, Prague) and composition (AMU, Prague) with prof. Kurz and prof. Slavický. He also went to study to the UK and Germany and as a Fulbright Scholar he conducted research in CNMAT, UC Berkeley, CA during 2007 - 2008. He has worked as a radio producer at the Czech Radio, where he has produced over 100 original radioart works with artists worldwide. His music has been broadcast worldwide and performed throughout Europe and in the USA.




Playhouse of the Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand St, NYC


Jun 6, 2014 3:30 PM


Abrons Arts Center

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