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PREVIEW: The American Avant-Garde & Three Czech Artists

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The Orchestra of the S.E.M. Ensemble, Hana Kotková and Lucie Vítková will perform Niblock, Oliveros, Wolff, Kotik, and Cage

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Since the early 1970s, the S.E.M. Ensemble has had an important presence in the American new music scene, which is often characterized as experimental or avant-garde. SEM’s association with composers such as John Cage, Julius Eastman, Morton Feldman and many others is part of the history of late 20th and early 21st century music in America. Most significant to this history are the founding of the Orchestra of the S.E.M. Ensemble in 1992, and the Institute and Festival Ostrava Days in 2001. Returning to the Bohemian National Hall on October 25th, the Orchestra of the S.E.M. Ensemble will perform music by American composers that have been closely associated with the work that SEM and its Artistic Director Petr Kotik have done both in Europe and the U.S. The violinist Hana Kotková and the composer and accordionist Lucie Vítková will join as soloists.

The Orchestra of the S.E.M. Ensemble

Hana Kotková, violin

Lucie Vítková, accordion

Petr Kotík, conductor

Program:

Phill Niblock: Exploratory, Rhine version "Looking for Daniel" (American premiere); For orchestra

Pauline Oliveros: From Unknown Silences (American premiere); From Four Meditations for Orchestra

Christian Wolff: Invisible Terrain (American premiere); For violin and orchestra

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Petr Kotik: Wednesdays at RW on Spring Street (American premiere); For violin and orchestra

John Cage: Five; version for orchestra

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Hailed by The New York Times as “the best of what is left of the experimental tradition,” S.E.M. Ensemble was founded in 1970 when Petr Kotik gathered a group of musicians from the fellows at the Center of the Creative and Performing Arts, SUNY/Buffalo. Since then, S.E.M. Ensemble has established itself as one of the most distinguished ensembles for new music in the U.S., maintaining a continuous schedule of concerts in New York, touring annually in Europe, and also performing in South America and Japan. SEM has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, and Merkin Hall. Recent recordings, all on the Dog w/a Bone label (New York), include Morton Feldman’s For Philip Guston (4-CD set), Petr Kotik’s Many Many Women (3-CD set), Music by Marcel Duchamp (1 CD) and Spoken Music —a live performance recording with John Cage, Dick Higgins, Jackson Mac Low and others. Recent recordings of The Orchestra of the S.E.M. Ensemble are also available on Asphodel Ltd. (San Francisco) and Wergo (Mainz).

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