This CD contains two important works of contemporary music (Kaija Saariaho and Toru Takemitsu) and compositions of members of the european composer´s association Konvergence from Prague, Czech republic (Ondrej Stochl, Jan Rybar, Tomas Palka, Michaela Plachka). Compositions are performed by Ensemble Konvergence, which was founded together with composer´s association.
The KONVERGENCE Composers Association was founded in the spring of 2002, and has now successfully completed its fourth concert season. Our mission is to acquaint the public with works of the younger generation, not only those by the Association members, but also interesting compositions by young authors living abroad. Also, it is our goal to present compositions by authors of the older generation that are performed less frequently in this country or have not been performed at all. We are aware of the immense diversity of styles and various possibilities of looking at the media which are now used in contemporary music. That is why our efforts should result in finding and realizing continuities in the world of expressive elements in musical discourse of the particular members as well as the composers whose works we are going to present. Our concerts are the Association's response to the not altogether pleasing situation of the dramaturgy of contemporary music concerts. Interesting well rehearsed compositions are indeed presented in concerts, however there is much more contrast than identity in their programming. The dramaturgy of such concerts is lacking coherence. In our opinion, somewhat bizarre situations often occur when qualities of certain compositions negate the qualities of those following or preceding. Thus, our effort is that our concerts always have carefully weighed dramaturgy with a common denominator, be it common theme, style or some other concept. It is our wish that the dramaturgy of our concerts always proceeds along a certain progression which is easy to follow for a listener. We believe that an effort in attracting more listeners to a concert by putting as many different compositions as possible into a concert program may indeed serve its purpose, however its price is too high - such a concert as a whole will look like some kind of a mockery. This might suit a professional who already knows what to expect from this or that composer. An ordinary listener, however, doesn't have the opportunity to appreciate often quality and virtuosic works that collide with one another. Our programme as well as our efforts are thus reflected in the name of our association. Presently the association forms an alliance with a group of musicians that became to be known as KONVERGENCE chamber ensemble. Its permanent members include: two violins, viola, violoncello, flute, clarinet, piano, and conductor. For larger compositions a number of guest musicians appear alongside the permanent members. The ensemble with its permanent members has completed four concert seasons. Besides its own concerts it has also taken part in contemporary music festivals (New Music Exposition Brno 2004, Forfest Krom í 2002 and 2003, Lusatian Culture Festival 2005, Mélos-Étos 2003 and other). Since 2006 the ensemble has been collaborating with the national radio station eský rozhlas, for which it makes recordings of Czech and international contemporary music --Ensemble Konvergence