Musica Nova 2019

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Musica Nova 2019

On December 10th, the 28th annual Musica Nova festival at the Theater Inspirace at the Academy of the Arts. Organized by the Society for elecetroacoustic music, Lenka, producer of Musica nova and supported by the Ministry of Culture and Municipality of Prague, the event brings together 71 compositions from awarded authors from Europe, Asia, and America, including accompaniment from the youngest competition Czech Ear.

Musicians are judged in two categories: studio production and live electronics. Alex Buck from Brazil scored first place in the studio production category for his composition Screaming. Joao Pedro Oliveira from Portugal won first place in the live electronic category for his piece Dark Energy. There is also a special Czech round where the winners are Petra Susko for the piece Orlando and Tomas Reindl for the arrangement Frozen.

electronic keyboard music
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The International Electro-Acoustic Music Composition Competition judges compositions in November for three days. The jury is made up of composers and musicologists from across the globe. The winners will have their music played on Czech and Slovak radio stations and they are given a cash prize.

Event coordinator Lenka Dohnalova says that the purpose of the event to create publicity for electronic music, what she called “sonic art.” While this genre of music is not typically played in Czech concert halls, Dohnalova hopes that the concert will gain traction, especially among the younger generation, in Prague.

Tickets for the event are 70 CZK, and children under 15 access for free.

I’m Aiden Budinski, an intern for Oko magazine. I study Communication and Political Science at the State University of New York at Geneseo. I’m interested in writing, art, and seeing the world.

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