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2004_ISCM - SLOVAK SECTION 

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The election of the new chairman took place on the autumn meeting on 12 December 2003. Daniel Matej was elected. The ISCM committee was elected as follows: Daniel Matej (chairman), Juraj Bene�, Vladimír Bokes, Marek Piaček and Mária Kormanová.

On 11 September 2004 Prof. Juraj Bene� died due to his illness. For many years he was the ISCM SS chairman, member of the committee. We lost an enthusiastic member whose conceptual thinking helped to raise ISCM SS to the level of a major player on the Slovak music scene.

On the autumn meeting on 19 November 2004, Ronald �ebesta was co-opted as a member of the committee.

ISCM SS accepted new members: Markéta �tefková, Marián Lejava and Bo�ko Milaković.

In a letter sent to the headquarters, ISCM SS expressed its indignation about the fact that the Swiss committee ignored the Slovak selection of six pieces for WMD 2004. Similar protests were expressed by the Ukrainian and Greek sections. The ISCM SS committee decided to boycott the 2004 General Assembly.

The selection committee (A. Zolyomiová, Vladimír Bokes and Peter Zagar) chose six works for WMD 2005; we sent the works to Zagreb in March. The WMD 2005 committee chose the work by Marián Lejava les feurs des ondes (notturno no.4).

This year ISCM SS supervised four projects:

15th International Festival EVENINGS OF NEW MUSIC, 2nd concert series (NEW) MUSIC AT HOME, 2nd International Festival SPACE and 2nd concert series CONTEMPORARY WEDNESDAYS. Musica Danubiana was cancelled due to logistical difficulties (we are discussing the future of this project).

15th EVENINGS OF NEW MUSIC took place between 25 October 2004 and 29 November 2004 and involved:

8 concerts (25. 10., 10. and 11. 11., 22. - 24. 11. and 26. and 27. 11.),

2 composition workshops (8. 11. and 26. 11.),

4 performance workshops (22. and 23. 11. and 28. and 29. 11.) and

1 composition symposium (27. 11.).

3 premieres of composition projects were presented (11. 11. Charlie’s Whiskers by Jon Rose, 26. 11. international composition project TONE ROADS 1, joining 24 composers a 27. 11. TONE ROADS 2 - P@GES [from] CH@RNOLDS by Daniel Matej and VAPORI del CUORE), the first two were festival commissions.

The festival’s main guests were world-renown artists Meredith Monk with Theo Bleckmann, Jon Rose, Daan Vandewalle and Gerrie de Vries, who led seminars at the Academy of Music and Drama.

The concerts were well attended by a largely young audience (on 25 Oct. – about 250 visitors, otherwise the average attendance was about 60 visitors per concert), which proves that the festival concerts are embedded into Bratislava’s music life; EVENINGS OF NEW MUSIC is a space for presentation of the current developments on the music scene of Europe and America.

This year the festival was supported by: Atrakt Art, Goethe Institut, Music Fund, Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic, Foundation – Centre for Contemporary Art, US Embassy, Royal Dutch Embassy, Academy of Music and Drama and others.

Festival events were well covered in the media.

2nd concert series (NEW) MUSIC AT HOME comprised four concert in autumn 2004 (17, 22 Sept., 8, 15 Oct.) in the Samorin synagogue (just outside Bratislava). The programme included two world premieres – Lieder ohne Worte by the new Slovak-Austrian group don@u.com and a new project Lost Angeles and Other Mirrors by the new Slovak group OVER4tea.

The reaction of the predominantly young audience shows that this project has been well received so far. The �amorín synagogue is a space with a "highest quality" stamp; it is worth investing into this venue and to produce concerts of corresponding quality. The project was supported by: Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic, At Home Gallery and the Academy of Music and Drama.

2nd International Festival SPACE comprised two series of concerts (9 events):

Evening of American Music (3 concerts) 29 March – 6 April 2004

Evening of Russian Music (6 concerts) 10 – 17 October 2004

Concerts of American music (Ives, Cowell, Cage, Zorn) were held in two countries – Slovakia (�ilina, Bratislava) and Belgium (Gent). The performers were young musicians from Slovakia and Belgium. Special guest – Dutch singer Gerrie de Vries, who prepared a seminar on 20th-century vocal music at the Academy of Music and Drama in Bratislava (7 April 2004).

Concerts of Russian music included works by Stravinsky, Ustvolskaia and Gubaidulina, and they took place in three countries: Slovakia (Modra, �ilina, Topoľčany, Bratislava), the Czech Republic (Teplice) and Belgium (Gent). International guests – Paul Klinck (violin) from Belgium and Pedro Guridi (clarinet) from Chile. Fringe event – workshop on Russian music and culture for students of primary art schools in Topoľčany and �ilina.

2nd festival SPACE proved that this project has secured its place among music festivals in Slovakia and abroad. It is a platform not only for contemporary music, but also for 20the-century music, which are still rarely heard on concert stages. The pre-concert talk is an important feature and it is well received by the public (average attendance: Slovakia – 60, elsewhere – 100 persons).

Except regular venues (Bratislava, Modra, Gent) we managed to include other locations (�ilina, Topoľčany, Teplice).

The project was supported by: Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic, Royal Conservatoire Gent, Teplice Conservatory, Academy of Music and Drama in Bratislava, 2004 Topoľčany Music Autumn, L. Mokrý School in Topoľčany, L. Árvay School in �ilina and others.

2nd concert series Contemporary Wednesdays was held on 6, 27 October and 11 November in the University Pastoral Centre – a centre located on a university campus. The aim of the project is to present young composers with performances by young musicians and with first performances of new works. This year commemorated the 10th anniversary of Lutoslawski’s death. Works by Egon Krák (performed by Albrecht Quartet) and by Ivan Buffa (performed by himself on the piano) were presented.

The concept of the programme involves also a concert of a different genre; this year it was a performance by the Slovak flamenco group Los Remedios. Members of the group organise an international festival of flamenco, the Flamenco Festival (www.flamenco.sk). The concert was attended by 150 young people, who received a questionnaire, in which they answered questions about their opinion on contemporary music.

The project was supported by: Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic, Music Fund and Slovak Radio.

In 2003 and 2004 ISCM SS broadened its activity by three new projects prepared by young members (SPACE, (NEW) MUSIC AT HOME and CONTEMPORARY WEDNESDAYS). This shows that the trend outlined at its foundation in 1994 has been preserved: ISCM SS seeks to be an active member of ISCM family and to uphold its mission to promote contemporary music.

Daniel Matej, Chairman

English translation by Peter Zagar

Medená 29, 811 02 Bratislava, Phone: + 421 908 728 970, Fax: + 421 54433569, e-mail: evenings@nextra.sk

 

 

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