The New Music Encounters Plus festival starts today. The festival runs until December

The New Music Encounters Plus festival starts today. The festival runs until December

Thirteen concerts will take place at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts (JAMU) in Brno and the Divadlo na Orlí (Orlí Street Theatre) as part of the 24th annual festival, which begins today. YouTube streaming will also be available.

The 24th year of the international music festival of contemporary acoustic and electronic music and multimedia projects will feature not only artists from the Czech Republic and Slovakia, but also guests from the Netherlands, France, Sweden, Germany, Slovenia, Estonia, the United Kingdom and the United States. The festival is organised by Sdružení Q (Association Q Brno) as part of the concert series entitled CYKLUS Q 2021 - Forum nové hudby (Cycle Q 2021– New Music Forum). The festival runs from today, 4 November, until 14 December 2021. Streams will be available to watch here.

4 November, 5 p.m., Vaulted Hall of the Faculty of Music, JAMU

UmeDuo (SWE)

A concert of the world-famous Swedish sister duo playing drums and cello in an extremely varied and culturally divergent dramaturgy.

18 November, 7 p.m., Concert Hall of the Faculty of Music, JAMU

Simeon ten Holt: Canto ostinato

A full-length composition by a major Dutch composer of minimal music in a version for two pianos and two marimbas performed by young, talented musicians.

Pianos: Marián Kubačka, Tamara Bláhová

Marimbas: Kristýna Švihálková, Martin Švec

22 November, 5 p.m., Chamber Hall of the Faculty of Music, JAMU

Laurent Bigot (F) – An Unstable Air

A multimedia project by a renowned French artist.

23 November, 7 p.m., Chamber Hall of the Faculty of Music, JAMU

ResonAnsámbl (CZ)

Concert of a new, young ensemble of contemporary music of the Faculty of Music, JAMU.

24 November, 7 p.m., Concert Hall of the Faculty of Music, JAMU

Bojan Gorišek (SLO) – Philip Glass: Etudes 11–20

A complete set of piano Etudes by composer Philip Glass, performed by a captivating Slovenian pianist, a specialist in minimal and post-minimal music.

29 November, 7 p.m., Chamber Hall of the Faculty of Music, JAMU

Stefanie Liedtke (D)

A concert by a leading German bassoonist specialising in the interpretation of contemporary music. Co-performers: Barbara Maria Willi (harpsichord) and Roberta Legros (dance).

30 November, 5 p.m., Chamber Hall of the Faculty of Music, JAMU

EnsembleSpectrum (SVK) meets Marijan (CZ)

A joint concert of a Bratislava ensemble specialising in spectral music and a Brno ensemble for improvised music.


1 December, 7 p.m., Chamber Hall of the Faculty of Music, JAMU


Concert of the Prague new music ensemble with premieres of new works by Czech composers.

7 December, 7 p.m., Chamber Hall of the Faculty of Music, JAMU

Scott L. Miller (U.S.A.) & Taavi Kerikmäe (EST) – Blind Date

Electronics and prepared piano in the project Blind Date by American composer and Estonian pianist.

8 December, 7 p.m., Chamber Hall of the Faculty of Music, JAMU

Studio soudobé hudby HF JAMU (Studio of Contemporary Music of the Faculty of Music – JAMU)

A showcase concert of compositions by teachers and students of the Faculty of Music – JAMU.

11 December, 7 p.m., Divadlo na Orlí (Orlí Street Theatre)

Ivo Medek, Sára Medková, Vít Zouhar - TiAmo

A performance of a chamber opera by Ivo Medek, Sára Medková and Vít Zouhar about women and with women by the all-female ISHA trio. Director: Rocc (SLO), video: Lukáš Medek.

12 December, 7 p.m., | Divadlo na Orlí (Orlí Street Theatre)

Kees Tazelaar (NL) and Jiří Suchánek (CZ)

An evening of acousmatic music by a prominent Dutch composer and head of the renowned Institute of Sonology in The Hague and an increasingly established Czech composer of acousmatic music.

14 December, 7 p.m., Concert Hall of the Faculty of Music, JAMU

Stephen McNeff (UK) – Beyond the Garden

A new chamber ghost opera co-produced by Concept operapovera and the Slovenian Chamber Music Theatre (SKGG). Starring: Susan Bickley (UK) and Katja Konvalinka (SLO), director: Rocc (SLO), conductor: Simon Dvoršak (SLO).

DNO (Orlí Street Theatre) / Photograph: Archives



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