Underground music with the Berg Orchestra
The Berg Orchestra will be playing in its CITY:RESPIRE | live video projections concert on Monday, May 5 in the tunnels of the future Petřiny metro station, the latest of the orchestra’s fantastic site specific concerts.
On the program is the world premiere of “Daily Patterns” by Czech composer Petr Cígler as well work by German composer Heiner Goebbels and American composer Steve Reich.
There will also be the Czech premiere of “Respire” with film by the French composer Pierre Jodlowski.
The concert is part of the Lunchmeat Festival.
Photo – Courtesy of Berg Orchestra
Prague Short Film Festival 2014
The ninth Prague Short Film Festival runs from January 16 through 19 and includes a variety of sections and a typically outstanding level of quality, if past years are any indication. Besides sections of Czech, Polish and experimental shorts, as well as three sections of films in competition, there are sections titled “Blue Tongue Films” (for the Australian film association), “Strange Days”, “Panorama” and “Brutal Relax Show” that include work from all over the world. If you live in Prague and can catch some of these films, do – I’ve seen some amazing films.
Check out the full program here
Photo – Still from All Souls Day directed by Aleksandra Terpińska
Another border: Memories
Having written about the Kafka/Schulz Borderland exhibition in Prague here is an example of the amazing work of Czech artist Pavlína Zemanová who, in Memories, explored the postwar German/Bohemian border.
The rest of the project can be seen here. Memories received Honorable Mention at the 2012 winners of Art Books Wanted awards.
There was a lot of other great work, and five Czech graphic artists among the winners listed at the Czech Literature Portal.
Photo - Buttons (Knofliky) by Pavlína Zemanová
More ruins - Tacheng (Qoqek) or Chöchek by Vasily Vereshchagin
Still from Emergency Calls, directed by Hannes Vartiainen and Pekka Veikkolainen (see it in the Lab section of the Prague Short Film Festival)
The living legend Jørgen Leth celebrates 75 years this year. This is a great occasion to look back through all his internationally acclaimed films. Stream FOR FREE from November 13 to 25.
A musical aside:Schoenberg, Byron and contemporary Czech music
On a performance of modern and contemporary composers and 170 kinds of derision, sarcasm, hatred, ridicule, contempt, condemnation, etc.
Photos - 1) Arnold Schoenberg (second from right) with his wife Gertrude, architech Adolf Loos and painter Oskar Kokoschka at Vienna’s American Bar, 2) Lord Byron, 3) The concert written about at Prague’s Grand Hall of Hlahol.