Music that Echoes in the Silence

Opus Osm

Clarinet Factory and guests (including the audience) appear Feb 12-13 at The Czech Museum of Music.

‘Music from Silence’ will echo in The Czech Museum of Music’s enclosed courtyard concert hall at two intriguing Clarinet Factory concerts.

“Music from Silence (Hudba z Ticha)” is simply “the short version of ‘the most beautiful music comes just from silence,’” Music Factory clarinetist Jindřich Pavliš tells Opus Osm. “We’re preparing a site-specific performance where the space is one of the most important players. This space a has very long echo, so we decided to work really from the silence.”

Mr Pavliš says the concerts, offered two nights in mid-February, will feature Clarinet Factory’s original compositions accompanied by a lighting performance by visual artist Petr Nikl. “He will work with water basins, inks, some glass objects, and so on,” Mr Pavliš explains. Moving reflections, shadows of strange objects, and many other “light games” will appear on the white walls of the museum’s “dome.”

Clarinet Factory + Guests
Clarinet: Luděk Boura, Vojtěch Nýdl, Jindřich Pavliš; Bass clarinet: Petr Pepíno Valášek, Jindřich Pavliš; Vocals: Vojtěch Nýdl; Percussion: Alan Vitouš; Visual and spatial design, Petr Nikl

Guest percussionist Alan Vitouš will play freely in the echoey space, even taking people from the audience to be an active part of the music and the story.

Mr Pavliš promises, “You can hear us also singing, playing our clarinets like drum sets and making lots of unexpected sounds.” The ultimate purpose, he says, is to create a story from compositions, songs, improvisation, light, silence, and people acting. “And we have one special instrument using light, as a surprise for the audience,” he hints.

The clarinetist describes the music as multi-genre, but adds, “The line of music is confessing we like Stravinsky, Smetana, Dvořák, Messiaen, and Bach. But always we only touch their music softly. This is just inspiration from their musical world” – for example, in the composition B-A-C-H.

No Visa Necessary: Opening Up the Borders
Mr Pavliš says Clarinet Factory “wants to cancel the border among genres and also between us and the audience. We want to let them be a part of the process.” He explains that the group doesn’t even use written music for this type of concert, because they want to show that real sound and music hold the first place. “Of course, we do have enormous respect for the great written works,” he adds.

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Petr Nikl

The concert is part of the PKF – Prague Philharmonia series of special concerts, and exceptionally will offer this one for two nights, Feb 12 and 13. Mr Pavliš, who is also a clarinetist in the PKF, explains that there are about 12 people working directly on this concert, so the ticket demand is expected to be high. He emphasizes that “each of the concerts will be different, because of plenty of improvisation, and because different people will be in each audience.”

The Clarinet Factory ensemble is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. All four clarinetists are members of classical orchestras or big bands. Originally known as the Czech Clarinet Quartet, it started with pure classical music, and moved into jazz, minimalism, contemporary, world music, and even the electronic club scene, according to Mr Pavliš. The group has played with Bobby McFerrin, Jana Koubková, Lenka Dusilová, and African cora players in Senegal. “We’ve made music with lights, and also for film, theater, and ballet,” he adds.

Clarinet Factory has just released its anniversary, two-CD set, Worx and Reworx, — one part compilation, and the other, remixes of the same. – oo

“Music from Silence (Hudba z Ticha)” will be performed Wed, Feb 12 and Thurs, Feb 13 at 7:30 pm at The Czech Museum of Music.

– Mary Matz, editor of Opus Osm

Photo Credits: Top: Tamara Černá; bottom, Jan Hodač

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