Sonic Garden #4 Positive Collisions / Slavek Kwi, Jena Jang, Vlastislav Matoušek, Martin Režný
Date and time
26. 7. 2023, 7.30 pm
Barrier-free entrance: basement and ground floor.
These four entities never collaborated live, in physical form, in this combination. However, they connected together via extrasensory communication within uni.Sol_ project.
Four Sonic Entities are roaming gardens, each following its own trajectory, looking for a connection with the surrounding sound environment, trying to fit in in their own unique way. They do not interact by purpose; each holds to its own individual character. Will they collide together, tuning to each other the same way as tuning within the environment of the gardens? Experiment with “how to be together” while staying true to ourselves, and how to co-exist in other ways.
Slavek Kwi is a sound artist, composer, and researcher interested in the phenomena of perception, the fundamental determinant of relations with reality. From 1991 Slavek has operated under the moniker of Artificial Memory Trace. Then, gradually he evolved into sound-entity alfa00. Since 2018 alfa00 is acting as an ambassador of uni.Sol_. An intention to explore and implement the idea of freedom, to enhance awareness of human relationship with the surrounding environment through the practice of listening. A vision of an all-encompassing universe welcoming unconditionally all Sounds regardless of origin, a system of thinking and beliefs.
Jena Jang is a Korean audiovisual artist based in Prague. She’s interested in sound storytelling and its visualisation on a spiritual level, which she creates using extended technique on instruments, and so her vocal improvisation varies from chanting, humming, and screaming, which focuses on purifying herself, removing negativity, and transforming it into lightness. This energy circulation is the main repertoire of her pieces, and she adds ambient recordings from the streets, nature, and all kinds of coincidental harmonies from the universe.
Vlastislav Matoušek (1948) studied Composition and post-gradual courses in Musical Theory at the Academy of Performing Arts, the Faculty of Music in Prague where he has been teaching ethnomusicology since 1991. There he received his Ph.D. degree in theory of composition. Six months as a fellow of Japan Foundation he studied shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute) playing at Master Kifu Mitsuhashi and Japanese Traditional Music at Prof. Osamu Yamaguti in Japan. In his ethnomusicology research he focuses on Extra-European Cultures, exotic and folk musical instruments, rhythm and kinetics. He has been active as a musical journalist, especially with the Czech Radio in Prague. He is the author of extraordinary original art-music compositions, often with the participation of exotic instruments and electronics. He prefers non-traditional means of expression and compositional procedures.