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Czech Chamber Music Society • Percussion Ensemble JAMU

In a concert featuring exclusively percussion instruments, audiences can expect to experience raw energy through their whole bodies. For this performance, the Percussion Ensemble of the Janáček Academy of Performing Arts in Brno and its Artistic Director Martin Opršál present a variety of works for percussion instruments at the Suk Hall. In Bartók’s Allegro barboro, pianist Dominik Gál will show how the composer also regarded the piano a percussion instrument. 

Subscription series HP | Czech Chamber Music Society


Béla Bartók (arr. Martin Opršál)
Allegro barbaro

Per Nørgård
I Ching
No. 3. The Gentle, the Penetrating (hexagram no. 57)            

Jan Novák
Toccata chromatica                            

John Cage (arr. Martin Opršál)
In a Landscape                    

Nicolas Martynciow
Sweet Swaff                        

Javier Alvarez

Mark Berry
Mare tranquilitatis                            

John Psathas
Cloud Folk    


Percussion Ensemble JAMU 
Martin Opršál artistic director

Dominik Gál piano

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Rudolfinum — Suk Hall

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Percussion Ensemble JAMU  

Martin Opršál  percussion

After his studies at the conservatoire, during which he became a member of the Brno Philharmonic, the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, and the European Union Youth Orchestra (working with the conductor Claudio Abbado), he continued his studies at the Janáček Academy of Performing Arts, where he is now a professor of tuned percussion and is the head of the percussion department). He also teaches chamber music performing. He was one of the founding members of the DAMA DAMA Central European Percussion Ensemble, and with them he won an international competition of percussion orchestras in the Netherlands.

His musical priority is playing the marimba (his CD Reverberations features solo works and chamber music for marimba) and other tuned percussion instruments. At his concerts, he systematically presents compositions written for him, giving their Czech or world premieres. He also teaches masterclasses on the interpretation of contemporary music for marimba, and he is invited to sit on juries for music competitions in this country and abroad.

He is a sought-after chamber musician. He has performed with the BERG Orchestra in Prague, the Ensemble Opera Diversa in Brno, and the Ostrava Centre for New Music. He cofounded the OK Percussion Duo, which creates and interprets contemporary percussion music. He devotes himself to improvisation projects in the ensemble Dust in the Groove. He also took part in two CDs with Iva Bittová, and with the jazz legend Joe Zawinul he created the album Stories of the Danube.

Martin Opršál has performed as a soloist and in ensembles in concerts and at music festivals in the countries of central and western Europe, Japan, Korea, and the USA. He has made solo appearances with the Prague Philharmonia and the philharmonic orchestras in Ostrava, Brno, Hradec Králové, Zlín, Olomouc, and Karlovy Vary.

Dominik Gál  piano

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