Formed in 2005 by Petr Kotík as the resident chamber orchestra for the biennial Ostrava Days, Ostravská banda consists of young musicians from Europe and the U.S. whose primary interest is the performance of new music. The core instrumentation of 24 players can change according the requirements of each score. Their repertoire includes works by John Cage, Iannis Xenakis, Morton Feldman, Edgard Varèse, Luigi Nono, György Ligeti, Louis Andriessen, Elliott Carter, Christian Wolff, Petr Kotík, Alvin Lucier, Phill Niblock, Martin Smolka, Miroslav Srnka and Petr Bakla, as well as many young and emerging composers. On Tour, their debut 2-CD release, includes live recordings of Ostravská banda s October-November 2010 European tour. The compositions presented are: John Cage: Concert for Piano and Orchestra; Petr Kotík: In Four Parts (3,6 & 11 for John Cage); Somei Satoh: The Passion; Bernhard Lang: Monadologie IV; Luca Francesconi: Riti Neurali; Petr Bakla: Serenade; Paulina Za ubska: Dispersion. Soloists include Hana Kotková, violin; Thomas Buckner and Gregory Purnhagen, baritones; and Joseph Kubera, piano. American baritone Thomas Buckner is known especially for his activities in the area of contemporary and improvised music. Robert Ashley, Roscoe Mitchell, Morton Subotnick, Alvin Lucier, Bun Ching Lam, Jin Hi Kim, Annea Lockwood, Somei Satoh, Pauline Oliveros, Thurman Barker and Henry Threadgill have all composed pieces for him. Hana Kotková grew up surrounded by the folk music of Moravia and Silesia, and has been performing in concerts from the age of 10. She studied at the conservatory in Ostrava (V. Kuznik) and at The Academy of Music (AMU) in Prague with Josef Valach, Jiri Novak and Ivan Straus. As a soloist, she has played with leading European and American orchestras. Pianist Joseph Kubera is a core member of the S.E.M. Ensemble, and has been a leading interpreter of contemporary music for the past three decades. He has worked closely with John Cage, Morton Feldman, La Monte Young, Robert Ashley and others. Among the composers who have written works for him are Michael Byron, Anthony Coleman, David First, Alvin Lucier, Roscoe Mitchell, and Blue Gene Tyranny. Baritone Gregory Purnhagen performs regularly in New York and around the world, working in many genres (he is one of Philip Glass s favorite vocalists). He often arranges evening-length cabaret performances, such as Babalu-cy! The Art of Desi Arnaz, which won a 2008 Back Stage Bistro Award.