Along with our partners, the Agosto Foundation is excited to produce a wonderful festival on July 16-20 which will explore the diverse practices of the improvisational arts. Through our strong commitment to produce a truly unique event of the highest caliber, we have ensured a community-driven approach and have named the festival vs. Interpretation. We are confident that the festival will have a positive impact on all participants both local and international, especially now that we have gained the generous support of one of Prague`s most respected experimental art spaces Školská 28 Communication Space, Experimental Space NoD, and the media support of HIS Voice Magazine and Czech Radio Jazz.
Our Keynote Speakers:
George E. Lewis
Our Symposium Team:
Our Local Symposium Co-Chair, Miloš Vojtěchovský (FAMU Center for Audiovisual Studies), has been selected to direct the symposium in cooperation with our International Symposium Co-Chair David Rothenberg (NJIT). We are very pleased to have them collaborating for the inaugural year of vs. Interpretation, as both have greatly contributed to the field of improvisation in distinguished ways and are both respected members of the international artistic community.
Miloš Vojtěchovský (Local Co-Chair)
Curator, organizer, recordist and sound artist (born 1955 in Prague, lives in Prague and Schoenberg/Krásná Hora). Graduated in Art History and Aesthetics at Charles University (1980). Since the early 80's involved in Czech independent music scene (member of the indie group MozartK), visual art, action art.
Initiator, researcher, co-producer and co-author of the project Orbis Pictus Revised (ZKM Karlsruhe by Imaginary Museum Project, with Tjebbe van Tijen and Rolf Pixley). Founder and organizer of The Metamedia Center nad Hermit Festivals at the Plasy Monastery (1991 -2000). Curator of media art at The Collection of The Modern and Contemporary Art National Gallery Prague (1997-2000).
From 2000 to 2004 he ran the pirate broadcasting project Radio Jeleni, consequently co-founding Lemurie TAZ streaming audio and video project, later transformed into the locative sound project sonicity.cz (together with Peter Cusack). He worked at MediaLABoratory at the Center for Contemporary Art in Prague (1998-2004) and curated the program of Communication Space Školska 28 (2009 - 2012).
Lecturer on history and theory of media art, digital culture and communication studies at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Brno (1997 - 2010), the Center for Audiovisual Studies at Film and Television Academy of AMU (since 2004) and Institute of Intermedia at Technical University. Recently curated Czech section of the networking project Soundexchange - Experimental Music Cultures in Central and Eastern Europe (2012 - 2013).
David Rothenberg (International Co-Chair)
ECM recording artist David Rothenberg makes music inspired by the melodies and beats of birds, insects, whales, water, and wind, he blends spontaneous musical inventiveness with a sense of rhythm, exhuberance, and the listening to nature. As a clarinetist Rothenberg has performed and recorded with Jan Bang, Scanner, Glen Velez, Karl Berger, Peter Gabriel, Ray Phiri, and the Karnataka College of Percussion. He has nine CDs out under his own name, including On the Cliffs of the Heart, named one of the top ten releases of 1995 by Jazziz magazine. His first CD on ECM Records, One Dark Night I Left My Silent House, a duet album with pianist Marilyn Crispell, appeared in June 2010, and it has been widely reviewed and acclaimed.
Rothenberg is also the author of Why Birds Sing, also published in Italy, Spain, Taiwan, China, Korea, and Germany, and turned into a feature documentary for the BBC. His book Thousand Mile Song, about making music with whales. It is accompanied by a CD, Whale Music, featuring live music together with whales, called Whale Music. This project is currently being turned into three separate documentary films. His latest book on music and nature, Bug Music, came out , along with a CD of the same name, in Spring 2013.
When not touring and performing, David Rothenberg is professor of philosophy and music at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Allison Johnson (Organizing Chair)
Allison Johnson received degrees in music from Stanford University (BA), CalArts (MFA), and UC San Diego (PhD), and studied Javanese gamelan with Djoko Walujo and with Suhardi in Yogyakarta, Java.
Her compositions and multi-media works have been performed at the New West Electro-Acoustic Music Festival, the New Directions in Asian-American Music Festival, the California Biennial, Feminist Theory & Music, Pasadena ArtNight, World Electro Acoustic Listening Room, EMPAC, Between the Cracks Forum, La Jolla Athenaeum, Parallel 66, and Frau Musica (nova) Festival in Cologne, among others.
She has received grants, awards, and residencies from American Composers Forum, the American Music Center, the Luce Foundation, the Durfee Foundation, the Irvine Foundation, Centrum Arts, the City of Pasadena, and the Getty Foundation, and her theater collaborations have been performed at the Berlin Volksbühne, the Colony Theatre in Burbank, and Occidental College’s Keck Theatre.
She has published and presented papers on such subjects as Asian American hip hop, Chinese film music, women composers, and sign/gesture technology, and has been a guest lecturer at Freie Universität Berlin, University of Southern California, UC San Diego, UC Irvine, California State University San Marcos, among others.
She teaches composition and world music at Soka University in Aliso Viejo,
California, and for the Popular Music Studies program at Oregon State University.
More information on the vs. Interpretation festival may be found here.