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Programme 2016

The eighth edition, eight concerts, four days. That is this year’s Contempuls in a nutshell. If we are to stick to summaries, we could boast of seven world premieres, the highest number to date in the festival’s history: five pieces by Czech composers and two by the Ireland’s Kevin Volans, who, together with the Swedish percussionist Jonny Axelsson, will perform new works of his. Another significant figure who has accepted the invitation to the festival is the major contemporary Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen, whose 60-minute cycle Schnee was, following its premiere, hailed as one of the most essential 21st-century musical accomplishments. The Danish scene will also be featured in other concerts. In addition to Abrahamsen’s music, the programme will include two pieces by Bent Sørensen, and the monumental, complex-ambient Oort Cloud by Jexper Holmen. Appearing in the double role of bassoonist and conductor will be the French musician Pascal Gallois, a longstanding member of Ensemble Intercontemporain, who in a fundamental way has changed the perception of the bassoon as a solo instrument and inspired new works by Luciano Berio, Pierre Boulez, Olga Neuwirth and Wolfgang Rihm, among others. The British instrumentalist and musicologist Ian Pace is a renowned specialist in the most challenging pieces of the modern piano repertoire. What is more, we are pleased to link up to the previous collaboration with the Czech Republic’s PKF – Prague Philharmonia and Prague Modern, and the Freiburg-based ensemble recherche, who will be performing in Prague in the largest formation ever. For the very first time, the festival will present a new platform, Contempuls Lab, open to young ensembles and projects that transcend the main dramaturgical line. We look forward to seeing you all at La Fabrika in Prague.

Friday 11. November 2016
19:30
PKF - Prague Philharmonia (CZ)

PKF - Prague Philharmonia (CZ)

Marián Lejava, conductor
Jonathan Powell, piano
La Fabrika - Slévárna /Studio 2/

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Jo Kondo:
To the Headland (1995)

Bent Sørensen:  
Piano Concerto No. 2 „La Mattina“

Jan Trojan: 
3107 Miles of Promixity (2016), premiere - new piece commissioned by Contempuls 

Kevin Volans:
Symphony: Daar kom die Alibama (2010)

Tuesday 15. November 2016
19:30
Ian Pace (UK)

Ian Pace (UK)

La Fabrika /Studio 1 + Bar/

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Ian Pace, piano

Luboš Mrkvička:
For Piano – Part G (2014),
Part L (2016), world premiere

Horatiu Radulescu:
Piano Sonata No. 6 „return to the source of light“ (2007)

Michael Finnissy:
Five Yvaroperas (1994/1995)

Michael Finnissy:
all.fall.down. (1977)

Tuesday 15. November 2016
21:00
ensemble recherche (D)

ensemble recherche (D)

La Fabrika /Studio 1/

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Hans Abrahamsen:
Schnee (2008)

Monday 21. November 2016
18:00
Ensemble Terrible (CZ)

Ensemble Terrible (CZ)

Marek Šedivý, conductor 
Pascal Gallois, bassoon
La Fabrika /Studio 1 + Bar/

For the very first time, the festival will present a new platform, Contempuls Lab, open to young ensembles and projects that transcend the main dramaturgical line. 

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Jakub Rataj:
Culmination (2016), world premiere

Bent Sørensen:
Sirenengesang (1994)

Jan Ryant Dřízal:
Broken Flowers (2016), world premiere

Olga Neuwirth:
torsion: transparent variation (2001)

Monday 21. November 2016
19:30
Pascal Gallois (F)

Pascal Gallois (F)

La Fabrika /Studio 1 + Bar/

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Pascal Gallois - bassoon


György Kurtág:
Gérard de Nerval (1986)

György Kurtág:
György Króo in memoriam (1997)

Toshio Hosokawa:
Sen VII (1995)

Olga Neuwirth:
Torsion (2003-2005)

Luciano Berio:
Sequenza XII (1995)

Johannes Maria Staud:
Celluloid (2011)

Monday 21. November 2016
21:00
Andersen – Haltli – Snekkestad (DK/N)

Andersen – Haltli – Snekkestad (DK/N)

La Fabrika /Studio 1 + Bar/

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Frode Andersen, accordion 
Frode Haltli, accordion
Torben Snekkestad, saxophone

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Jexper Holmen:
Oort Cloud (2008)
       
  

Wednesday 23. November 2016
17:00
Kevin Volans (IRL)

Kevin Volans (IRL)

Kevin Volans in conversation

HAMU

 

We would like to invite you to a lecture by Kevin Volans

Venue:
Music and Dance Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (HAMU)
Studio N, Department of Composition HAMU. 

HAMU
Malostranské náměstí 13/258
Praha 1

Admission free. 
Please make an advance booking through: info@contempuls.cz.

 

Kevin Volans at Contempuls:
11th November (Symphony: Daar kom die Alibama / PKF - Prague Philharmonia)
25th November (Kevin Volans - Jonny Axelsson).

Friday 25. November 2016
18:00
Hans Abrahamsen (DK)

Hans Abrahamsen (DK)

Hans Abrahamsen in conversation

La Fabrika /Galerie/

 

We would like to invite you to a lecture by Hans Abrahamsen:
Snow and Forrest – the music by Hans Abrahamsen


Venue:
La Fabrika /Galerie/
Komunardů 30, Praha 7

Admission free.
No advance booking needed.

 

Hans Abrahamsen at Contempuls:
15th November (Schnee / ensemble recherche)
25th November (Wald / Prague Modern)

Friday 25. November 2016
19:30
Jonny Axelsson – Kevin Volans (S/IRL)

Jonny Axelsson – Kevin Volans (S/IRL)

La Fabrika /Studio 1 + Bar/

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Jonny Axelsson, percussion
Kevin Volans, piano 

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Kevin Volans:
Asanga (1997)
Akrodha 3 (2015), world premiere 
Piano Etude no. 8 (1988)
perc:piano [Reflets dans l'eau] (2016), world premiere 
Akrodha 2 (1998)

Friday 25. November 2016
21:00
Prague Modern (CZ)

Prague Modern (CZ)

Pascal Gallois, conductor
La Fabrika /Studio 1/

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Hans Abrahamsen:
Wald (2009)

Jiří Kadeřábek:
Nostalgia II (2016), premiere - new piece commissioned by Contempuls

Benedict Mason:
Drawing Tunes and Fuguing Photos (2012)