Being Medea. Project News.

We are happy to announce new web page of the premiere project!

International Artistic project of Czech – German cooperation right on anniversary of the beginning of the II. W. War and 30 years from end of The Iron Curtain… Topic of emigration, minority, waiting right behind the walls of free world which does not open the door… 

A Music-Theatre-Play by excellent German scriptwriter and stage manager Stephan Bestier and Czech music composer Martin Hybler. 

Traditional Concert to Summer Solstice. Photogallery.

This year concert was held in beautiful landscape of malá Skála, rock castle of Vranov-Pantheon in Bohemian Paradise. Before the concert a fine art workshop with professional artist V. Véla was held. Our guests could try to paint on canvas in evening planar. Then our guests could oversleep in areal of old stone castle below open sky. The Concert to Summer Solstice then started at 6:00 am in beautiful atmosphere of awaking nature.
Our Fine-Art Workshop – Evening Planair, was led by professional artist Vladimir Vela. People got instructios and then could start their own artworks. Various groups such as children, adult, families and friends were painting. The point of this workshop was not just to try painting on real canvas but also create artwork to charity collection, which will support people in need.
Concert to Summer Solstice began at 6:00 am below open sky. Unique atmosphere of awaking nature around the summer solstice brings specific atmosphere to music listening. Our guests would have enjoyed works by A. Vivaldi, J. Sibelius, A. Schnittke, M. Hybler, E. Morricone.

How was “Being Medea”? Photogallery.

Being Medea, our project in Czech-German coproduction, which pre-premiere we organized in historical railway depot in Turnov, CZE.
What happens when we set the old myth Medea to the present context? How is waiting outside the boundary of free world? How is moving the inner basis of migrating woman?
Pre-premiere of music-theater psychological drama “Being Medea” of german script writer and reggiseur Stephan Bestier and Czech composer Martin Hybler.
composer M. Hybler, violinist J. Kubánková, actor Y. Reich and regisseur S. Bestier
An open disscussion with german guests and audience follows. We introduce our project Being Medea, basis of our cooperation right in the year of anniversary of the beginning of the II. W. War, breaking united Europe project and raising xenophobia and extreme nacionalism. After the discussion Jazz concert follows, with Martin Hybler, Ivan Hájek and Yvonne Reich.
Departure of guests after the program.

Being Medea?

“Mythic story of Medea in present context. Original work with the question of migration and migrating women. What is necessary to leave both outside and inside and what is left? How to manage new life in new culture as a stranger? How does it influence particular action?”

Being Medea is authorial psychological Music-Theater Drama of excelent German stage manager Stephan Bestier and Czech composer Martin Hybler. On a background of the old myth Medea, this up to date drama deals with such topics as migration, multicultural communication and missunderstanding. The role of Medea will be played by great German singer and actor Yvonne Reich.

Pre-premiere is held on Friday, 7th of June in Turnov city, CZE.

Premiere of the drama is held on 22nd of November, Sektor Dresden, Dresden, GER

Follow this link to learn more about the project

Míša likes Tennis

On 7th of May a Private View to Exhibition Michaela Vélová Maupicová” was held at Colloredo-Mansfeld Palace in Prague.

Audience could listen to free improvisation on michaelaś pictures from the cycle Compositions and Oriments played by violinist Jana Kubánková and basoon player Tomáš Františ. At the end a premiere of composition Miša likes Tennis by Martin Hybler was played by both players. This composition was specially composed in this occasion and drew an inspiration from the fact, that this brilliant fine artist used to train the tennis and watching world tennis during her fatal disease contests brought her fun and motivation to get healthy and play again – for fun…

Exhibition is open until 25th of August, 2019.

Jewish Violin of the classical Repertoire

Jana Kubánková, Synagogue Jicin, May 2018

On 12th of May a concert of violinist Jana Kubánková and pianist Martin Hybler is held in synagogue Turnov. Concert is named “Jewish Violin of the classical Repertoire” and presents both Czech and foreign Jewish authors and their compositions which already set the place within classical violin repertoire. Audience will enjoy works by Ernst Bloch, Ervín Schulhoff and others.

official website of synagogue Turnov

Exhibition, Monography, Composition, by Michaela Maupicova

“Compositions” IV., 120x100cm, acrylic on canvas, 2017

On 7th of May, a private view to exhibition of one of the best Czech painters Michaela Maupicova is held at Colloredo-Mansfeldsky Palace in Prague. This extraordinary woman created mauch original artistic work including paintings, graphics and installations. Michaela passed away at the age of thirty-six, but she left an extraordinary, inspiration and interesting work behind… At the private view a presentation of new monographs of Michaela’s artistic work will be held. Also an original music production will be included – violinist Jana Kubánková and bassoon player Tomáš Františ will play “prepared improvisation” on Michaelaś paintings from the cycle “Compositions”. At the very end a premiere composition for violin and bassoon written by Martin Hybler called “Unfinished Tennis Gem” will be presented specially for this occasion. 

Official website of the exhibition

The work of this prematurely deceased artist will be presented an exhibition prepared by the team of her colleagues from Prague City Gallery and the curator Petr Vaňous. This “artist and painter, sometimes reaching out to the object, installation and new media, has developed her own distinctive artistic expression consisting of ‘abstracted storytelling’, which can be described as existential. Michaela Maupicová’s drawings represent a spontaneously multiplying, restless, all-absorbing ornament, sometimes disciplined into symmetrical systems, sometimes running and spilling randomly over and outside the format, or expanding directly into space. Here there is an order in randomness, an enlargement that in a model situation of the given unifying element and its multiplication allows us to see our analogous idea of what is happening outside and inside of us.“ 

quoted from the source GHMP

Supporting the Youth

During the past few months we finished couple of projects supporting young people and children seriously interested in music and artistic work to help them grow their talents and fulfill their potential.

In December 2018 in our North-Czech region we organized and held traditional Concert for Christmas – a Christmas gift not just for the audience, but mostly for young talented musicians from our region. Symphonic orchestra consisting of professionals together with amateurs and kids, childs choir together with experienced adults, great professional oboe soloist Vilem Veverka together with young instrumentalists, these all were rehearsing months before with Martin Hybler as artistic coach and conductor and presented their work on stage during the concert for Christmas. The point of this project is to enrich experience of young people by work with professionals straight next to them. This work usually brings positive changes in life of young people, motivate them more to responsibility for their work, to make decisions about their future, strengthen the will in practicing, bring inspiration to their lives and show them positive personality examples. After this experience many of our children successfully pass exams to higher artistic education and conservatories or move to responsibility in their decision making on their future education.

In January 2019 a festive concert presentation of the new work by Martin Hybler for children and young pianists was presented. It is a set of arrangements of popular songs and melodies from evergreen fairy tales and movies on piano for four hands. The title was published by the Czech Radio Publishing and the concert was also broadcasted and streamed. At the concert, schoolmates, but also grandmother with granddaughter played together, one song was also presented by Czech eminent pianist Ivo Kahanek together with headmaster of The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra David Mareček. The title became very popular straight. From this concert till now many songs was played at events and competitions. Titles on the piano for four hands by Martin Hybler brings many kinds and young people together just to play and enjoy music as different and enriching way of communication together but also helps cultivate the skills for teamwork, chamber music playing, rhythm and empathy. You can find more of instructive work by Martin Hybler here.

In February 2019 we joined international competition for young singers Sanremo Junior to support finalists in their couple-month preparation for final round performance with symphonic orchestra. Martin Hybler showed as a conductor of the project and Jana Kubankova as art coach teaching young finalists how to eliminate stress and stage fright and work on their expressivity and musical feeling. No matter if these young talents continues with music or not, all the experience they reached will help them at any area they choose for their future life.

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.