20th ANNUAL PERCUSSION WORKSHOP International Courses for Composers and Percussion Players

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Dan Yuhas (Israel) Ivo Medek (CZ) Dano Matej(SK) Jeff Beer (D) Tomáš Ondrůšek (CZ-D) Martin Smolka (CZ) VENI Academy (SK) OK Percussion Duo (CZ) and others

Martin Smolka (Cz Rep) Starting from two differing points, webernism and repetitive music, Smolka reached a certain „concrete sonorism“ – he worked with instrumental sounds, that resembled sounds of our environment such as a hooting of boat- and railway-horns, a rumble of machines, a dropping of rain and many others, while these sound memories determined the expression of his music, which was often nostalgic, sometimes grotesque.Martin Smolka has written for prestigious international festivals, such as Warsaw Autumn festival, the Donaueschinger Musiktage, Musik-Biennale Berlin, Nov-Antiqua Cologne, Eclat Stuttgart, Bang-on-a-can-Marathon New York, Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik, musica viva Munich, Velvet Curtain Cracow, Prague Spring Festival, Festival Rümlingen, Klangspuren Schwaz etc., and for other important institutions and performers: Many chamber works have been recorded by Agon for Arta Records and Audio egoSince 2000 Smolka’s scores have been published by Breitkopf & Härtel, Wiesbaden Since 2003 he has been teaching composition at the Janáček Academy of Performing Arts in Brno. Workshop subjects: theory of composition, musical stylizatíon, analysis of own works.