Prague-New York Effects: Petr Bakla
April 26, 2017 , 7:00 PM
Czech composer Petr Bakla discusses his compositions performed around the world by distinguished musicians and his collaboration with the Ostrava Center for New Music. Listen to his music and engage in a discussion about his work.
Bakla will be conducting the world premiere of the piece created for the Prague-New York Effects program with the S.E.M. Ensemble.
Composer Petr Bakla (b. 1980 in Prague) often employs basic pitch-based material (typically the chromatic and the whole-tone scales) in his compositions. He is interested in constructing situations and structural contexts in which these frugal musical elements can acquire a unique expressiveness and energy. A frequent feature of Bakla's work is a simultaneous course of two musical/sound layers which, although usually markedly differing in dynamics to allow for a sense of "figure and background", are not mutually subordinating - they are of equal importance, their "friction" creating specific tension and ambiguity. Bakla's music has been performed in Austria, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, Armenia, Ukraine and the United States (NYC, Boston, San Diego ao), in many cases commissioned and/or performed by distinguished musicians. Of special importance has been the collaboration with the Ostrava Center for New Music.
Free and open to the public. Seats are limited. For more information and to reserve your seat, please visit www.czechcenter.com.
Free and open to the public. Seats are limited; on first come, first serve basis. For more information and to reserve your seat, visit www.czechcenter.com.