Recent multi-art events

What we managed during the past fall? We joined with other artistic disciplines and created couple of nice multi – art events together.

On 3rd of December Jana Kubankova performed solo composition Tabula Rasa by Arvo Part, accompanied by the Berg Orchestra. Composition was presented together with beautiful contemporary dance choreography by Mirka Eliasova. This unique event was held at the national Gallery in Prague. More about event here.

On 28th of November a commemoration evening on Max Brod and his literary work was held at the Portheimka gallery in Prague. Max Brod was not just an eminent writer of his time but also a great supporter of Franz Kafka work and translator of Leos Janacek operas. During this evening, Jana Kubankova and Martin Hybler presented works by Leos Janacek. More about the event here.

On 20th of September very special fine art view called Ecstasy of St. Francis of Assisi was held in Turnov. This view presented two artists – J. J. Hertl (18th century) and P. Roučka(21st century), two views on one personality and life of iconic Francis, traditional and contemporary. Jana Kubankova also provided two genres of music on her violin and presented works from both 18th century and contemporary period on a close thematic background to show sound work distinction between these two times such as the paintings presented.

Hunderd Years of Czech Independence

Jana Kubánková at the T. G. Masaryk Statue in front of Czech Embassy in Washington

On 28th of October 2018 our country celebrated a hunderd year anniversary of independence. During this time our country was really independent only for about half time of existence. The latter periods were boud with obedience to other authocratic states and doctrines during the Second World War and Communistic Era.

As a gift to this anniversary Jana Kubankova prepared special project of life performance based only on solo violin compositions written by Czech composers creating their music during this hunderd-year-era. This programme was presented by Jana this summer at solo recitals for The Czech Embassy and for The Victims of Communism Foundation in Washington DC, USA, the city, where Czechoslovakia independence was declared. 

During the concerts Jana provided life commentaries on problematic time period and politics, about composers lifes and the works played to get the audience closer to the context of this period of time. All the music did not explain but rather expressed the state of affairs and athmosphere in our country during those times.

On this occasion Martin Hybler wrote a premiere work for solo violin, “Lonely Self”, a composition dealing with the fact that freedom is inner state of human being – inner dissaproval of any obbedience to doctrine attacking human dignity; and therefore while being free, we are lonely in our self.
Authors on the programme were Ervin Schulhoff, Jaroslav Ježek, Karel Sklenička and Klement Slavický.

Wasington DC. Recital, Czech Embassy

Washington DC. Recital, Review

Washington DC., recital for The Victims of Communism Foundation

 

“Happiness knows just Minutes” in Goerlitz!

Successful theater drama “Happiness knows just Minutes” left Zittau with the last performance last week and now moves to beautiful ancient german city of Goerlitz! The Goerlitz premiere will be held in Gerhart-Hauptmann Theater on 13th of October at 19:30.

This theater drama is written for just one actor presenting Hildegard Knef. This role takes an extraordinary way amazing sopranist and actor of the Gerhart-Hauptmann Theater – Yvonne Reich. Author of the scenario and stage manager at one person is Stephan Bestier – actor and stage manager of the Gerhart-Hauptmann Theater and Theater in Koln, Germany. Arranger of the songs and artistic leader for music group is Martin Hybler.

Hildegard was an extraordinary woman with extraordinary thoughts. She was born in 1925, the end of the II. World War she was captured and imprisoned by russians. Soon after the war she managed to get to Holywood an Broadway as an actor and singer. Then she came back to Germany and showed up mainly in Berlin. However, the key artistic contribute of his life lays in her chanson – texts and poems, beautiful, true, very deep…

“Happiness knows just minutes”

Succesfull premiere of theater drama “Das Gluck kennt nur Minuten”  was held on 15th of September in Gerhart-Hauptmann Theater in Zittau, Germany. Completely sold auditorium listened to interesting life story of unique german singer and actor – Hildegard Knef. Hildegard travels across the ocean and tells stories of her life, accompanied by four musicians who join her in chansons on the scene.

This theater drama is written for just one actor presenting Hildegard Knef. This role took an extraordinary way amazing sopranist and actor of the Gerhart-Hauptmann Theater – Yvonne Reich. Author of the scenario and stage manager at one person is Stephan Bestier – actor and stage manager of the Gerhart-Hauptmann Theater and Theater in Koln, Germany. Arranger of the songs and artistic leader for music group is Martin Hybler.

Hildegard was an extraordinary woman with extraordinary thoughts. She was born in 1925, the end of the II. World War she was captured and imprisoned by russians. Soon after the war she managed to get to Holywood an Broadway as an actor and singer. Then she came back to Germany and showed up mainly in Berlin. However, the key artistic contribute of his life lays in her chanson – texts and poems, beautiful, true, very deep…

Hilde died in 2002 and this drama is historically the first performance on her life.

Premiere Review in Sachsische Zeitung

Seminars for Meadowmount School of Music students

seminar students with Jana Kubánková, Meadowmount School of Music

Between the 25th of June and 8th of July, seminars with Jana Kubánková for talented young instrumentalists – Meadowmount School of Music students were held. Seminars were held for students every day and dealed with support of motivation, concentration, self-conidence, communication, creativity and stress compensation.

Meadowmount School if Music is unique project founded in 1944 by legendary violin teacher Ivan Galamian. Find out more on official site of the school below!

Meadowmount School Website

 

 

Washington Recitals Review

Jana Kubánková at the T. G. Masaryk Statue in front of Czech Embassy in Washington

On 21st and 22nd of June Jana Kubánková performed her solo violin recitals dedicated to the 100 Anniversary of Czech Independence in Washington DC. Works by E. Schulhoff, K. Sklenička, K. Slavický, M. Hybler and J. Ježek were played.

First concert was held at The Embassy of The Czech Republic. Second one was held with support of The Victims of Communism Foundation at the Dupont Underground. At this concert,violinist Wuily Arteaga – one of the key personalities of the demonstrations against venezuelan regime performed.

Wuily Arteaga, headmaster of Victims of Communism Foundation and Jana Kubánková at Dupont Underground, Washington DC.

Recital Review at the Embassy of the Czech Republic facebook

Meadowmount School of Music. Just started!

Meadowmount School of Music

On 25th of June intensive seminars with Jana Kubankova for young scholars of prestigious Meadowmount School of Music have started. Seminars are held every day and deal with supporting motivation, self – confidence, concentration, creativity and stress compensation being a key aspect for any artistic training. Seminars also support communication abilities. Seminars will run for 14 days.

Meadowmount School of Music is unique project of legendary Ivan Galamian who founded this school yet in 1944 for his students including fo example I. Perlman or P. Zukerman. The school is situated in the forest right next to the Adirondack National Park in order to provide truly calm background for musical training. Alumnies mostly have a great careers as concertmasters and leaders, world chamber group players and of course soloists.

official web of Meadowmount School of Music

Washington Recitals

The 21st and  22nd of June are the days of solo violin recitals played by Jana Kubánková in Washington DC.  Concerts are dedicated to 100year anniversary of Czech independence therefore music by authors composing during those hunderd years is on the programs. You will hear works by Ervín Schulhoff, Karel Sklenička, Klement Slavický, Jan Hanuš and Jaroslav Ježek. There is also a world premiere of solo violin composition “Lonely Self” written by Martin Hybler.

First concert is based at The Embassy of the Czech Republic. Second one is held in the Dupont Underground, great contemporary art space. This concert will remind us the communistic era in Czech and present authors writting during this era. There is also an exhibition of fine art created under the regime called Free2Be. At this concert, a venezuelan violinist Wuily Arteaga will perform. During the demostrations against the venezuelan regime he literally defended his country with violin in his hands…

https://www.victimsofcommunism.org/events/free2be-wuilly-jana

“Music Open” Project

Project “Music Open” was born in 2016 as a artistic platform supporting the cultural growth of the Czech-German border area throughout the historical Lausitz region and the north of The Czech Republic.

The aim of project is not just to support this area by concert and artistic production, but especially to let musicians from this area to join in as an active performers. We support both professional and amateur artists. We prepare the program together and present it at the concerts.

During the last year, Jana and Martin joined with other professionals, german flutist Melanie Sabel and quitar player Štěpán Matějka, and amateur orchestra from the north of Czech.

Project is supported by The Czech-German Fund for the Future.