The Brno Contemporary Orchestra (BCO) was established in 2011 with the purpose to present contemporary world music at home and Czech music abroad (with overlaps to the music of the 20th century).
We want to draw up listeners and show them that the music is a part of our daily life. By compact dramaturgic units and by original projects linking music with other arts (film, visual arts, etc.) we wish to be attractive not only for the audience, but even for composers – which we want to motivate to create new pieces made-to-measure for the orchestra.
The founder, artistic director and conductor of BCO is Pavel Šnajdr.
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Evgeny Zamyatin’s (1884-1937) 1920 novella We is based on the ultimate solution to humanity’s problem, simply removing people’s capacity for imagination. Indeed, people become the declared cogs in the machine of building a better, beautiful and classless society. On the contrary, in 1863 Jules Verne wrote his vision of Paris in the twentieth century, that is, he offered his free vision of what Paris would look like in 1963. Both texts draw on contemporary contexts, and both also feature ideas about music. Verne is mechanical, not yet working with the vision of electricity in the early nineteen sixties, and Zamyatin is strictly mathematical, cybernetic – simply ruled by order and mathematical machinery. On the other hand, it is in the premises of the former Research Institute of Mathematical Machines that Eva Kmentová’s amazing realization occurs, and in fact the whole space is conceived very ambitiously without the strict rules of contemporary turnkey architecture.na)
How will Kmentová sound in the composition by Jan Krejcik, who lives in Versailles?
Alexandr Skrjabin – Five Preludes Op. 74 – transcription for BCO
Edgar Varèse – Octandre
Iannis Xenakis – Anaktoria
Jan Krejčík – Eva Kmentová (order BCO)
BCO – Pavel Šnajdr
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