This year’s edition of the Prague Quiet Music Festival returns to the magical spaces of the Fortna monastery, presenting several concerts and world premieres of fragile music full of subtle sonic details. You will also be able to immerse yourself in the world of quitude through contemplative workshops, a tea bar, and a reading room.
Saturday’s pre-festival evening will present the first Czech performance by pianist Ashlee Mack (US), whose recital will include works by Marti Epstein, James Romig, Anthony Donofrio, and Jürg Frey, as well as a world premiere by Ian Mikyska.
A Sunday full of slowly flowing music will open with the wind section of the Vertigo group, Marcel Bárta and Oskar Török (CZ/SK), who will spin the web of their improvisationally quieted set across the Fortna garden, a green oasis floating above the city of Prague. The festival’s main guest will be composer Jürg Frey (CH), doyen of the Wandelweiser composer’s group and an icon in the world of quiet music. His first appearance in the Czech Republic will include not only the premiere of his 30-minute piece Longing Landscape, written for the Prague Quiet Music Collective, but also a solo recital that will conclude with his Leaves, Instruments, for which he will be joined by all the day’s performers – not only with their instruments, but also with a part for autumn leaves. The Prague Quiet Music Collective (CZ) concert will present Frey’s new piece along with two other world premieres by James Romig (US) and Paul Beaudoin (EE).
You can explore the varied tastes and scents of selected teas in a tea bar by Meetea, whose co-founder Tomáš Rajnoch will also lead a contemplative tea workshop. Discalced Carmelitan Pavel Pola will lead attendees through an introduction to meditation.
Jürg Frey – organ, finger cymbal, harmonica, stoneplate, melodica
Ashlee Mack – piano
Marcel Bárta – saxophone, clarinet
Oskar Török – trumpet
Prague Quiet Music Collective (Anna Paulová – clarinet, Milan Jakeš – violin, Ian Mikyska – string and wind instruments, Jan Šamánek – double bass)
19.30–21.00 ASHLEE MACK
15.00–16.00 DRINK WITHOUT REASON – MEDITATIVE TEA WORKSHOP (limited capacity)
15.00–16.30 WORKSHOP INTRODUCTION TO MEDITATION – SILENT MEDITATION FOR BEGINNERS AND UP (limited capacity)
16.30–17.00 ⋯ interval ⋯
17.00–18.00 MARCEL BÁRTA & OSKAR TÖRÖK
18.00–18.30 ⋯ interval ⋯
18.30–19.30 PRAGUE QUIET MUSIC COLLECTIVE
19.30–20.00 ⋯ interval ⋯
20.00–21.30 JÜRG FREY
Workshop: Introduction to Meditation – Silent Meditation for Beginners and Up (90 min.)
/The number of workshop participants is limited; entry is only possible with a valid workshop ticket./
Moments of inner quieting, stopping. Lead by Pavel Pola OCD. The workshop will take place on the upper floor of Fortna, with a terrace overlooking Prague. Bring an open mind and loose clothing in which you can sit comfortably. Everything else will be provided.
Drink Without Reason – meditative tea workshop (60 min.)
🔴 Tea workshop is sold out 🔴
This workshop won’t present you with technical information about tea preparation, nor details about its origins, terroir, or processing. What you will mostly be doing is drinking tea. Tomáš Rajnoch from the Meetea studio will guide you through a tea ceremony in which tea will become a research tool – a guide on a journey through your own body. After a short introduction, Tomáš will merely suggest some of the paths down which tea can lead you. The workshop will then flow into an open silence in which you can remain for the remainder of the programme.
Tea bar by Meetea