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Prague-New York Effects

June 15, 2017
Title: Prague-New York EffectsVenue: Embassy of the Czech Republic Washington / WashingtonCategory: MusicDate: 06.25.2017 - 06.25.2017Time: 17.00 hDescription:   CONCERT: The Embassy of the Czech Republic presents Czech composer Michal Rataj and the classical,  avant-punk violin duo String Noise, comprised of Conrad Harris and Pauline Kim Harris, as part of the project Prague-New York Effects on June 25, at 5 pm. ​The duo will present the composer’s original piece The Long Sentence II as part of the all Czech music program. Come to the Czech Embassy for an unforgettable evening of artistry.            Program: Petr Cígler: Nothing is Free (2017)               Michal Rataj: The Long Sentence II (2017)                Alex Mincek: Way (2017)                Petr Kotik: Overture (2014)            Petr Bakla: September (2013)         EVENT DETAILS:            Date: June 25, 5 pm Location: Embassy of the Czech Republic    3900 Spring of Freedom Street, NW, Washington, DC 20008          RSVP required by June 22 to     Admission is free.              Light refreshments follow the event.   PRAGUE-NEW YORK EFFECTS Through this international exchange project, Czech and American artists collaborate to develop new works. Each original work features artists from the Czech Republic and the United States. The goal of the project is to create a cross-cultural exchange of artists coming from different social, cultural, ethnic and contextual environments and through the art process create a performative language based on common learning and mutual understanding.       The artists meet in New York and work together for about a week to create a new original work drawing off the strengths of one another.  The artists premiere their work in New York, NY, followed by Washington, DC, and Prague, Czech Republic.         The project was developed by the Czech Center in New York and co-produced by Art Frame Akropolis Palace s.r.o.   ABOUT THE ARTISTS Michal Rataj is a composer, performer and sound designer based in Prague, Czech Republic. He composes mainly electroacoustic, chamber, and orchestral instrumental. Currently, he is assistant professor of electroacoustic music at the Academy of Performing Arts and NYU in Prague. Rataj studied musicology at Charles University and composition at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague under professors Ivan Kurz and Milan Slavický. As a Fulbright Scholar, he conducted research at the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies at the University of California, Berkeley (2007-2008). Since 2000, he has worked as a radio producer at Czech Radio, producing over 100 original radioart works with artists from around the world. His music has been broadcasted and performed throughout Europe and the United States. As a film music producer, he has composed over 30 soundtracks. STRING NOISE                 String Noise ( is a classical avant-garde duo comprised of Conrad Harris and Pauline Kim, who have expanded the two violin repertoire to include over 50 new works written for them since their debut at Ostrava Days in 2011. Their first feature album "The Book of Strange Positions" was released by Northern Spy Records.   Pauline Kim Harris is a Grammy-nominated artist who engages in classical to the experimental/avant-garde. As the first violinist of the Alchemy String Quartet, she completed a European tour in the "Zorn @60" concerts as well as at the Lincoln Center Festival, the Miller Theater and the Metropolitan Museum in New York. She is a member of the S.E.M Ensemble, Ostravska Banda, OBSq, Ensemble LPR, the Wordless Music Orchestra and the "enterprising violin duo" String Noise. She has been a guest artist with many of the leading new music ensembles. As Music Director of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, she toured the US, Germany, France and Holland as well as performing with the Orion String Quartet at The Joyce Theater for the 30th Year Anniversary Celebration.      Conrad Harris  Violinist Conrad Harris has performed new works for violin at Ostrava Days, Darmstadt Ferrienkürse für Neue Musik, Gulbenkian Encounters of New Music, Radio France, Warsaw Autumn, and New York's Sonic Boom Festival. In addition to being a member of the FLUX Quartet, he is concertmaster/soloist with the S.E.M. Orchestra, Ostravská Banda, and STX Ensemble. He has performed and recorded with such artists as Elliot Sharp, "Blue" Gene Tyranny, Jean-Claude Risset, Rohan de Saram, and Tiny Tim. A solo CD featuring premieres by Alvin Lucier, David Behrman, Robert Ashley, and Gordon Mumma will soon be released on Mode Records. He has also recorded for Asphodel, Vandenburg, CRI, and Vinyl Retentive Records.