Tune in to Afternoon New Music on Tuesday, November 14 from 3-6 pm ET for an in-studio interview with Lucie Vítková, a composer, improviser and performer (accordion, harmonica, hichiriki, voice and tap dance) from the Czech Republic. While studying composition at Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno (CZ), she has been a visiting scholar at Royal Conservatory in The Hague (NL), California Institute of the Arts in Valencia (USA), Universität der Künste in Berlin (D) and recently at Columbia University in New York with Prof. George E. Lewis. Her compositions focus on sonification (compositions based on abstract models derived from physical objects), while in her improvisation practice she explores characteristics of discrete spaces through the interaction between sound and movement. In her recent work, she is interested in the musical legacy of Morse Code and the social-political aspects of music in relation to everyday life. She has been nominated for the 2017 Herb Alpert Awards in Arts in the category of Music and she has put together two ensembles – NYC Constellation
Ensemble (focused on musical behavior) and new OPERA ensemble (for singing instrumentalists). As an accordion player, she has collaborated with New York based TAK Ensemble, S.E.M. ensemble, Du.0, Argento Ensemble and Ghost Ensemble. She admires the music of Hanne Darboven.
More information about Vítková can be found at her website here.