Running Games / call4scores 2015

October 6, 2015 / 7:30 p.m.

Concert hall in the church of st. Vavřinec/ Hellichova 18, Praha – Malá Strana

Andrew A. Watts: Man with a Black Bag (call-4-scores)
Michal Rataj: Running For Breath
Tomáš Pálka / Michaela Pálka-Plachká: Looking – Searching
Alexander Péci: Cartesius cantus
Joao Pedro Oliveira: Games for James (call-4-scores)

koordinátor dramaturgie: Tomáš Pálka / Michaela Pálka-Plachká


Performs Ensemble Konvergence: Zuzana Bandúrová – flute / Jiří Mráz – clarinet / Matěj Vlk – violin / Sebastian Tóth – violoncello / Eva Hutyrová – piano / Jan Tuláček – guitar

Egli Prifti (guest) – piano

Running Games / call4scores 2015: VIDEO on youtube


call4scores 2015 / medallion

The fifth edition offers for composers call4scores was used by 426 composers from around the world. Profiles of two selected authors this year we present in the short medallion.


Joao Pedro OliveiraJoão Pedro Oliveira completed his PhD in Music at the University of New York at Stony Brook. His music includes one chamber opera, several orchestral compositions, a Requiem, 3 string quartets, chamber music, solo instrumental music, electroacoustic music and experimental video. He has received numerous prizes and awards. He is Professor at Federal University of Minas Gerais (Brazil) and Aveiro University (Portugal). He published several articles in journals, and has written a book about analysis and 20th century music theory.

A vocal stylistic feature of Portuguese Fado is a certain kind of melodic ornamentation based on small glissandi and portamenti. Such ornaments create an image of a certain instability that contrasts with the relative stability projected by harmonic accompaniment on the Portuguese guitar.
Games for James uses a similar technique. The phrases and musical gestures in each instrument constantly project small ornaments that try to generate some conflict with what is being played on the other instrument. The harmonic structure of the piece is relatively stable, opening the field to allow the superposition of the unstable elements that the interaction between the two instruments intended to bring forward.

James was born on August 19, 2013.


Andrew A. WattsAndrew A. Watts‘ works, from chamber and symphonic music to multimedia and electro-acoustic, are actively performed throughout the US and Europe. He is currently a graduate fellow at Stanford studying with Brian Ferneyhough and working towards a DMA in Composition. Mr. Watts received his master’s with distinction from Oxford and his bachelor’s with academic honors from the New England Conservatory.

Man with a Black Bag was written in early 2013. It considers works that are in some way based on pre-existing pieces of music (normally created by another composer). The processes involved transcription, quotation, allusion, rendering, projection, and obliteration. In order to address the variety of diverse topics in one piece I decided to make the form as a series of microludes. I approach the microlude concept after Gyorgy Kurtag’s Kafka-Fragmente Op. 241, with the idea being to limit yourself to efficient gestures dense in color and meaning.

Author: Tomáš Pálka

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